Mark your calendars for April 15, 2012, the American Lung Association’s Fight For Air Climb Reno. This is a good time to give back. Get your company, friends, and families to make a team and climb 36 flights of stairs at the Silver Legacy Resort Casino. This is an awesome event if you want to give back and get some excise.
I personally can tell you that after 31 years of having asthma, my poor lungs feel like this after two flights of stairs, what some of you will feel after 36 flights. I have asthma attacks which trigged by different things. For me, it’s running (unless I’m in Hawaii), climbing stairs and unfortunately animals. That’s a hard for me because I love animals, but my lungs don’t. I still excise, I was an ice-skater and cheerleader, I just learn to listen to my lungs and take the right medications. The only thing that they haven’t found a cure for is me having a dog or being around animals.
What is asthma? *Asthma (AZ-ma) is a chronic (long-term) lung disease that inflames and narrows the airways. Asthma causes recurring periods of wheezing (a whistling sound when you breathe), chest tightness, shortness of breath, and coughing. The coughing often occurs at night or early in the morning.
Asthma affects people of all ages, but it most often starts during childhood. In the United States, more than 22 million people are known to have asthma. Nearly 6 million of these people are children.
The airways are tubes that carry air into and out of your lungs. People who have asthma have inflamed airways. This makes the airways swollen and very sensitive. They tend to react strongly to certain inhaled substances.
When the airways react, the muscles around them tighten. This narrows the airways, causing less air to flow into the lungs. The swelling also can worsen, making the airways even narrower. Cells in the airways may make more mucus than normal. Mucus is a sticky, thick liquid that can further narrow your airways.
This chain reaction can result in asthma symptoms. Symptoms can happen each time the airways are inflamed.
*This information was found at http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/asthma/
Why We Climb
When you join the American Lung Association in the fight for healthy lungs and healthy air, you help save lives today and keep America healthy tomorrow.
Turn up the heat! This thermometer is tracking our progress and we can’t wait for the day that it flows over the top. It will mean we have hit our goal and that the American Lung Association’s education, research, and advocacy will continue to thrive. Every person you ask to join your team and each time you ask for support is an opportunity to make a difference and watch the temperature rise! We’re well on our way. Keep up the great work! (http://www.lung.org/pledge-events/nv/reno-climb-fy12/)
For more information please see American Lung Association’s website: http://www.lung.org/pledge-events/nv/reno-climb-fy12/