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Experiencing the Fight For Air Climb

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Before the Fight For Air Climb

Entering the US Bank Center for the American Lung Association’s Fight For Air Climb was a rush of energy.

This seemed less like an arduous trek up 1,000 stairs and more of an indoor festival. There were volunteers ready to greet you and pump you up for the ensuing climb and people from different companies sitting at tables ready to hand out souvenirs.

They were probably also there to distract you after you just got done instinctively looking up toward the top of the 47-story US Bank Center in downtown Milwaukee becoming a little uneasy at the prospect of your journey upward.

Before you made your climb, you gathered as a team and took several escalators down to the basement level before getting warmed up with a quick aerobic routine. Then you took a long and winding tunnel where you greeted by more volunteers who were cheering you on. It was hard not to feel inspired and excited.

During the Fight For Air Climb

One-by-one people took off up toward the top of the US Bank Center to begin their Fight For Air Climb. I, like most, started off confidently and quickly. I took the first six flights easily, but then by flight eight, I began to fight for air. I now understand why they title this climb just that. My mind and my body were at odds. I couldn’t decide whether I wanted to continue at the same pace to get it over with as quickly as possible or to slow down and feel better. I went with the former.

Everyone in the stairwell was trudging onward with the same dilemma. We all were gasping for air as we kept pushing up each step and each flight toward the top of the Fight For Air Climb. At several points, I wondered if I was actually making any progress.

Every 10 flights there was a group of volunteers handing out cups of water and words of encouragement. Both were sorely needed to help push me along.

With each passing flight, I kept a tally of how many flights I had left. Twenty flights down, 27 more flights to go; 30 flights down, 17 flights to go; Ok, 40 flights down, 7 to go. By the time I got to the 40th floor, I knew I could make the last push to make it to the top of my Fight For Air Climb journey.

After the Fight For Air Climb

Eventually, I reached the top after 9 minutes and 31 seconds. At the top of the stairwell, I was met by volunteers who were cheering me on and by other climbers who were also catching their breath and taking in the picturesque views of Milwaukee and Lake Michigan afforded to us by the tallest building in Wisconsin.

As I grabbed a water and walked around soaking in both the views of the city and my accomplishment, it was really cool to watch teams taking pictures together or greeting other climbers with high-fives and smiles. There was a certain camaraderie found in a common struggle.

Despite the lingering soreness, I cannot wait for next year’s climb. No matter if I beat my time from this year or not, it’s about fighting for air together and helping those impacted with lung disease.

To join an upcoming climb in a city near you, visit www.lung.org/aprilaire.

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Aprilaire Partner Contractor Joins Fight For Air Climb

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“What can you do or say when your family is suffering such losses? It’s devastating,” said Christopher Ciongoli, HVAC salesman/estimator with Aprilaire partner Whalen & Ives.

Chris is participating in the NYC American Lung Association Fight For Air Climb on April 4, 2020. When he heard that Aprilaire was the national Healthy Air sponsor of the event he signed on to the Aprilaire team.

“An opportunity to make difference just appeared to me on Jan 10th in an email from Aprilaire informing me about the Fight for Air Climb. This was it. This is how I would help make a difference and support my wife as well as so many others that are impacted by lung disease”.

Lung disease became an all too familiar fixture in Chris’s life last year when his brother-in-law, mother-in-law, and father-in-law all died from lung disease.

As of February 7, he’s raised 90 percent of his fundraising goal. Not only is Chris excited to help raise funds and awareness, he told us he’s already reaping the benefits of training for the 849-step climb.

“My blood pressure has dropped, my pants are getting loose, and my dog Crosby is getting back in shape too!”

Every morning he goes out with dog Crosby and strengthens his legs and increases his stamina to make sure he can make it to the 44th floor of the 1290 Avenue of Americas building in New York City.

Read more of Chris’s incredible journey by going to his page. Thank you for your efforts, Chris and we cannot wait to hear more.

For more information about the Fight For Air Climb and to find an event in your area, go to https://www.lung.org/aprilaire. To learn how to train for your own climb, head to our page where we share training tips to help you prepare for your own Fight For Air Climb.

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Aprilaire Partners with Wellness Within Your Walls

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Aprilaire is the exclusive Presenting Sponsor for 2020 for Wellness Within Your Walls.

Wellness Within Your Walls (WWYW) is an award-winning education and certification organization which supports reducing and eliminating toxins in living environments to improve overall health and wellness.

The organization’s one-of-a-kind education and certification process enables consumers and professionals to increase awareness about toxins in building materials and furnishings and guide them toward making homes healthier.

Wellness Within Your Walls partnership for national campaign

WWYW will partner with Aprilaire to launch a national “Breathe Healthy” awareness campaign in 2020 to educate consumers, homeowners and the build/design community about the latest products and services that help improve air quality in homes.

“We believe everyone deserves to breathe healthy air, and we believe in the power of education,” said Dale Philippi, president of Aprilaire. “Our mission is to enhance everyone’s health by improving the air in their homes. We are proud to partner with WWYW– an organization building awareness with consumers and professionals about the importance of healthy air.”

“We are excited by our new partnership with Aprilaire. They offer products that solve multiple issues relating to affordable ventilation and humidity control for homes and we’re proud to work with Aprilaire to further elevate the dialog about health and wellness in living environments,” said Jillian Pritchard Cooke, founder of WWYW.

In addition to the “Breathe Healthy” campaign with WWYW, Aprilaire is the FY20 National Healthy Air Sponsor for the American Lung Association Fight For Air Climb events which support raising awareness of the importance of indoor air quality. The two initiatives will dovetail to further educate consumers and professionals alike about why healthy air – especially in the home, is vital for good health. Good air quality improves overall wellness, helps prevent irritating allergens and pests, and helps shield homes from costly damages.

About Wellness Within Your Walls

Wellness Within Your Walls® is an award-winning informational resource group created to provide education and guidance on chemicals commonly found in living and working spaces. With a goal to empower and guide consumers and professionals toward healthier living environments, WWYW certifies people, places, products and programs globally through education and health and wellness protocols. WWYW’s 10-step holistic approach, known as the Healthy Living System™, results in a legacy of health, harmony and sustainability in living environments. WWYW was founded by Jillian Pritchard Cooke, a 30-year industry veteran with experience as president of interior design firm DES-SYN and owner of the eco-living lifestyle boutique BEE. While designing Atlanta’s EcoManor in 2006, the first Gold LEED-certified single-family residence in the U.S., a cancer diagnosis became the catalyst for turning Jillian’s expertise into a passionate commitment to create healthier living environments by reducing toxins. Wellness Within Your Walls was born. The organization provides frequent and sought-after speakers at trade shows, educational opportunities, workshops, seminars and other industry events. For more information, visit: http://www.wellnesswithinyourwalls.com.

Humidity and COVID

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Humidity and COVID-19

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If there’s one thing we know for sure about COVID-19, it’s that we’re still learning new things about it every day. As our knowledge and understanding expand, it’s important to stay informed on the latest facts and guidelines.

In a recent post, we took a look at the new variants of the virus and how air filters handle them.

Today, we’ll discuss how humidifiers and relative humidity levels can play a key role in protecting you and your family against COVID-19.

Humidity and COVID-19

It’s no secret that respiratory illnesses thrive in the dry winter air–we’ve all had those dreaded winter colds. And according to a group of scientists from around the world, your chances of contracting COVID-19 are also increased during the winter due to three main factors caused by low relative humidity:

  1. Respiratory Immune System Efficiency – Your respiratory immune system’s defenses are impaired
  2. Virus “Float” Time – Airborne droplets that contain viruses shrink due to evaporation, making them lighter and giving them more “air time” to spread more easily
  3. Virus Survival Time – The drying of airborne droplets that contain viruses allows them to survive longer

Per the Environmental Protection Agency’s recommendation for health and comfort, the ideal relative humidity level for your indoor environment is below 60%.

In a home with balanced humidity, our respiratory immune system’s defenses are much more effective at capturing, removing, or fighting germs; airborne droplets that contain the virus fall out of the air quicker due to the extra moisture they retain; and because those airborne droplets containing viruses retain moisture, physicochemical reactions can deactivate the virus.

Humidity In Your Home

Thankfully, regulating your home’s humidity is no problem with Aprilaire’s systems. We’ve been in the whole-home humidifier game for nearly six decades and continue to focus on creating whole-home humidification solutions for health, comfort, and preservation.

Aprilaire’s humidifiers are built to fix your home’s dry air needs by adding the perfect amount of moisture: a relative humidity no lower than 30% and no higher than 60%.

Keeping your home’s relative humidity in the ideal range is key to maintaining proper Indoor Air Quality and has benefits that go beyond reducing your risk of contracting COVID-19:

  • Reduces asthma flares
  • Prevents cracks in your home’s wood furnishings
  • Reduces the transmission of other airborne viruses
  • Prevents your skin, eyes, and nose from drying out
  • Improves sleep quality

With our easy-to-use digital controls, you can set the correct relative humidity for your home and let our system do the rest. We also have an app you can use to control the humidifier from your smartphone, making it even easier to keep your Aprilaire whole-home humidifier and HVAC system running at optimal efficiency.

Best of all, Healthy Humidity is just one part of the Aprilaire Healthy Air System™. Balanced humidity complements fresh air ventilation and air filtration, greatly contributing to the overall health of you and your family.

As always, it’s important to follow all guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention when it comes to protecting yourself and those around you from contracting COVID-19. Wear a mask, maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet, and avoid large crowds.

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Visualizing Hope – First Of Its Kind Humidity Control Plan Unveiled

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Dr. Jeff Gusky has been at the forefront of the conversation around using humidification to combat COVID-19. Dr. Gusky, who also works as an emergency room physician, first made headlines when he started measuring humidity in indoor space throughout the Dallas area nearly six months ago.

Visualizing Hope to Help Visualize Healthy Air

His most recent initiative, Visualizing HopeTM, is the first of its kind in the United States. Roma, Texas, a small border town, has installed sensors inside several municipal buildings and businesses to measure the real-time absolute humidity. Dr. Gusky, who works in Dallas, collaborated with local physicians in the county to initiate this project.

According to the city’s website, residents can also check the absolute humidity levels on their smartphones and decide to visit places with safer air.

Absolute humidity measures the total amount of moisture in the air and unlike relative humidity, it does not take temperature into consideration and ranges from 0-30. Good, indicated by green on the above map, ranges from 10-24.

Relative humidity on the other hand, which is a measure of the percentage of water vapor in the air, does take temperature into consideration. The optimal range for relative humidity is 30-60 percent.

Dr. Gusky’s hope is that by helping people visualize Healthy Air with a color-coded map, they will be encouraged to be more aware of air quality and the important role that it plays.

Dry indoor air is a catalyst for transmitting airborne viruses. The body’s immune response and its initial defense system which consists of cilia and mucous membranes in the nose decreases in dry air. In addition, airborne viruses in dry air are smaller and lighter than their humidified counterparts. This means they are suspended in the air longer and can travel farther distances. They are also harder to detect and stand a better chance of getting past your body’s natural line of defense.

From his research, Dr. Gusky found that absolute humidity “turns on cell-mediated immunity in our lungs.” This activation involves white blood cells, which help the body fight disease and improve the body’s immune response.

“The answer as to why hundreds and millions of people in the poorest places on earth have an immunity to the virus is because there is a different kind of herd immunity, said Dr. Gusky. “There is another branch of immune system that doesn’t have to be educated by either a vaccine or becoming infected…It’s called cell-mediated immunity.”

Keeping your home’s air properly humidified is important in restricting the transmission of airborne viruses.

Products to Humidify Your Home

An Aprilaire humidifier can help make sure the air in your home is properly moisturized. With a myriad of offerings to fit your needs, you can easily combat dry winter air. For added convenience, our humidifiers come with dual sensors to monitor the humidity inside the home and the temperature outside so you can set the humidity you want and forget it. Each humidifier is designed and manufactured in the United States and comes with a 5-year warranty.

For the most effective virus protection, consider investing in a whole-home Aprilaire Healthy Air System™. The Healthy Air System offers a three-part award-winning approach to virus protection complete with humidity control, fresh air ventilation, and air filtration. The system also has a suite of applications beyond virus protection to help make the air inside your home healthy.

To get started, contact a Healthy Air Professional in your area and let them know you want Healthy Air Solutions in your home.

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Training for the American Lung Association’s Fight For Air Climb

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The Fight For Air Climb is a great way to challenge yourself physically while making a positive impact on millions of Americans affected by lung disease.

Climbers can join friends, family, and/or co-workers in this fun fitness challenge by climbing to the top of America’s most prominent skyscrapers. There are 42 Fight For Air Climb events throughout the year.  To find the closest event to you, go to https://www.lung.org/get-involved/events/fight-for-air-climb/. Or go to the bottom of this page, where there are links for each of the 42 cities participating in this year’s event. The cities are listed in alphabetical order.

To make sure you’re prepared, we strongly encourage you to train for the upcoming climb.

Training for the Fight For Air Climb

Remember to start slow and to go at your own pace. You can begin with a 10-minute workout each week to help build your cardiovascular fitness.

Another fun and easy way to increase your cardiovascular fitness is to do interval training by mixing in different speeds and effort levels. For example: do 2 minutes of something easier, like a walk, followed by a minute of something that requires maximum effort, like running.

Other ways to challenge yourself while keeping the training fun and interesting is to: listen to music or to come up with different challenges and goals. For example: adding another couple minutes of interval training or adding additional steps in to your daily routine will help you challenged and accountable.

Don’t forget that you will also want to make sure you’re also stretching properly; eating plenty of nutritious foods like lean proteins, fruits, vegetables, and healthy fats; and most importantly, having fun!

Listed below are several exercises you can do inside the comfort of your home to help you train.

  1. Squats
  2. Lunges
  3. Jumping Jacks
  4. Calf Raise
  5. Donkey Kicks
  6. Mountain Climbers
  7. Yoga
  8. Burpees

Other Training Tools

There are several more training exercises you can do at home depending on your fitness level and experience.

You can also find several training videos with the American Lung Association’s  Fight For Air Climb Ambassador Najee Richardson.

There’s even a place to sign up for exclusive training and tips from Richardson.

Locations of Fight For Air Climb 2020

Albuquerque

Atlanta

Baltimore

Boston

Buffalo

Chicago

Cincinnati

Cleveland

Columbus

Charlotte

Dallas

Denver

Des Moines

Detroit

Fort Myers

Hartford

Houston

Indianapolis

Jacksonville

Kansas City

Louisville

Los Angeles

Miami

Minneapolis

Milwaukee

Nashville

New Orleans

New York

Newark

Oakbrook Terrace

Oklahoma City

Orlando

Phoenix

Philadelphia

Pittsburgh

Portland

Providence

Rochester

Springfield

San Francisco

St. Louis

Tampa