In honor of Lung Cancer Awareness Month and the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout®, Aprilaire is proud to support the American Lung Association’s mission to raise awareness about lung health. Below, we’ve highlighted some healthy habits you can adopt to maintain the health of your lungs and reduce your risk for lung disease.
Healthy habits for Lung Cancer Awareness Month
Not only does smoking increase your risk of lung cancer, it is linked to several lung diseases including COPD, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, and asthma. If you are a smoker, quitting can help no matter how old you are or how long you’ve been addicted. The American Lung Association has resources to help when you’re ready.
Protect Your Overall Health
Getting vaccinations against influenza and pneumonia if your healthcare provider sees fit can help prevent lung infections and promote overall health. Avoiding crowds and washing hands during cold and flu season are also healthy habits to use to protect yourself from getting a cold or other respiratory infections. Try your best to maintain a healthy immune system, especially in the winter months. That gives your body the best chance at fighting off infections and keeping you and those around you safe.
Physical activity can help your lungs function properly regardless of your age, weight, or overall health. The national recommendation for adults is 30 minutes of moderate physical activity five days a week. This can be as simple as taking a brisk walk after dinner, bicycling, gardening, or any activity that gets your heart and lungs working.
Don’t forget to make sure the air you breathe while you exercise is healthy as well. And if you feel like taking it easy, some simple breathing exercises can help keep you on track.
Reduce Exposure to Outdoor Air Pollutants
Air pollution can harm anyone of any age. How much time you spend outside for work or play, and how well your indoor air is treated will play into the effect of bad outdoor air.
To keep you and your family healthy and avoid prolonged exposure, check out the American Lung Association’s best tips for protection from unhealthy air. This includes an awareness of the Air Quality Index, as well as an effort to reduce the amount of energy you use in your home.
Secondhand smoke, chemicals, fragrances, or radon in your home and workplace can all cause or worsen lung disease. Testing your home for radon and using high-quality air filters can significantly improve your Indoor Air Quality. Aprilaire air filters are the National Proud Partner of the American Lung Association. These products help improve respiratory health by removing damaging airborne particles, reducing dust around your home, controlling unwanted odors, and providing cleaner, fresher, and healthier air.
Disclaimer: The American Lung Association does not endorse any product, device, or service.