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Lung Health Day

Take a breath of fresh air and show your support for Lung Health Day! Do something today to take care of your lungs and those around you.
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Mark your calendars for Lung Health Day on the fourth Wednesday of October and get ready to breathe in some fresh air! This day was created in 2007 by the American Thoracic Society to raise awareness about lung health and preventative measures anyone can take to protect their lungs. On this special day, we celebrate our lungs and all the amazing things they do for us. From helping us stay active to providing oxygen to organs like our heart, lungs are one of the most important parts of our body. So let's dedicate a day to show appreciation for our lungs and make sure we're taking care of them!

History of Lung Health Day

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Lung Health Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2007</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Creation of Lung Health Day</div><div class='timeline-text'>The American Thoracic Society establishes Lung Health Day to raise awareness about lung health and preventative measures.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2010</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First Nationwide Celebrations</div><div class='timeline-text'>The holiday starts to gain popularity nationally, with events and workshops centered around educating the public on lung health.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2012</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Emphasizing Outdoor Activities</div><div class='timeline-text'>Event organizers start encouraging outdoor activities as a part of Lung Health Day celebrations to enhance lung capacity and promote healthier living.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2014</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Focus on Air Quality Awareness</div><div class='timeline-text'>The focus of the event broadens to include air quality awareness, highlighting the link between clean air and healthy lungs.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2017</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Campaigns for Smoke-Free Communities</div><div class='timeline-text'>Numerous health organizations launch campaigns on this day to promote smoke-free communities, supporting lung health worldwide.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2020</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div the='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>COVID-19 Impact</div><div class='timeline-text'>Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Lung Health Day's importance is underscored. It focuses on the vital role lungs play, particularly in a respiratory illness pandemic.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate Lung Health Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Take a deep breath</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Sit comfortably and take a few minutes to simply take some deep breaths.  Inhale slowly and deeply, and then exhale slowly. Feel the oxygen fill your lungs and the muscles around them relax.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Visit a local park</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>A trip to the park can be a great way to celebrate Lung Health Day.  Spend some time outdoors, walking around and breathing in the fresh air.  It will do wonders for your lungs.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Eat healthy</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>A healthy diet is essential for lung health.  Make sure you're getting plenty of fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains as part of your daily diet.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Stop smoking</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>If you are a smoker, make today the day that you quit.  There are many resources available to help you quit smoking, so take advantage of them.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Learn about lung health</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Take some time to learn about lung health and what you can do to keep your lungs healthy.  Read articles, watch videos, or talk to your doctor about what you can do.</p></div></div>

Why Lung Health Day is Important

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Lung health is essential to overall health</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Keeping your lungs in good condition is essential for proper oxygenation of the blood and breathing. Without healthy lungs, it would be difficult to exercise and even carry on everyday activities such as walking up stairs or talking.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Lung disease can have a major impact on quality of life</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Untreated lung conditions can cause fatigue, shortness of breath, and other symptoms that severely limit one's quality of life. It's important to raise awareness about lung health issues so people can get the treatment they need before the condition worsens.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It helps promote good habits</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Maintaining lung health starts with good lifestyle habits like quitting smoking, exercising regularly, and eating a balanced diet. Lung Health Day provides an opportunity to educate people about the importance of these habits and how to make positive changes to improve their overall health.</p></div></div>

5 Fascinating Facts for Lung Health Day

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>1</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>The Lungs are Uniquely Self-Cleaning</h3><p class='facts-content'>Unlike most organs, our lungs are uniquely able to clean themselves. Cilia, tiny hairlike structures in the airways, work to sweep out mucus and harmful substances, illustrating the remarkable self-sustaining nature of our lungs.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>2</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Breathing Goes Beyond the Lungs</h3><p class='facts-content'>Our diaphragm and chest muscles do significant work in the breathing process. When they contract, your thoracic cavity expands, creating a vacuum that draws air into your lungs.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>3</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Your Right Lung is Bigger Than The Left</h3><p class='facts-content'>Your right lung is slightly larger than your left, comprising of three lobes as opposed to two on the left. This is to accommodate the liver, which is right beneath it.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>4</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>The Surface Area of Lungs is Huge</h3><p class='facts-content'>Though they fit neatly within our rib cage, if fully stretched out, the surface area of human lungs ranges from about 27 to 50 square meters – roughly the size of half a tennis court.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>5</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Lungs Start Working in the Womb</h3><p class='facts-content'>Breathing motions begin before birth, as early as the 9th week of pregnancy. Although babies in utero do not breathe air, these early motions prepare the lungs to function after birth.</p></div></div>

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