November is Lung Health Awareness Month. The Lung Foundation Australia is encouraging all Australians to take their lung health seriously and to recognise symptoms early in both themselves, and loved ones.
There are a number of activities happening in NSW and around the country so get involved and check your lungs.
- Free lung testing at Sydney’s Martin Place on Thursday 3 November from 7:30am to 2:30pm.
- World COPD Day on 16 November. Check the site for events near you. They include walks, info stands, free lung function screening and other pharmacy activities. Every event registered gets a free promo pack.
- Shine a Light on Lung Cancer awareness events, 1-30 November. Events include BBQs, walks or morning tea gatherings. Visit the site for information or to register.
- Patient stories. Share these poignant personal stories of people who live and manage lung disease on a daily basis. There is no stereotypical face of lung disease in Australia; lung disease can affect anyone.
If you happen to be in Melbourne there is also a 'Love Your Lungs Fun Run and Walk' with the Collingwood Football Club and Sunsense on Sunday 27 November. Sign up with family and friends to take part.
Finally, you can take the Lung Health Checklist at www.lungfoundation.com.au. It only takes a few minutes, and the simple questions will help you to recognise symptoms of lung disease and the need to act promptly.
For resources and information visit the Lung Foundation's website or phone their free call Information and Support Centre on 1800 654 301.