For most Kiwis breathing is something we don’t think twice about. But for one-in-six living with a respiratory condition, being able to breathe properly is far from reality.
On 1 September the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ will launch its annual respiratory awareness month in New Zealand. Breathe Better September is a national movement for Kiwis to show their support for better breathing and healthy lungs.
“Over 700,000 Kiwis have a respiratory condition, it’s the third leading cause of death and costs the country $6 billion each year,” says Letitia O’Dwyer, Chief Executive from the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ.
This September the Foundation is calling for people to participate in the “healthy lungs challenge”. This involves taking up a challenge during September that works towards keeping lungs active and healthy.
Examples of challenges are setting a goal for exercise, meditation, eating healthy or quitting smoking. People can choose what will be a challenge for them, therefore being inclusive of everyone and their varying abilities.
Hayley Sims from Wellington will complete a challenge along with her dog Ferdi.
“Over the month of September we aim to run a total of 70km. Ferdi could run all day, but I am a bit out of practice, so this will be a great challenge for healthy lungs!” Says Sims.
Challenge participants sign up on the website everydayhero.com/nz, choose the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ as their chosen charity, and once their challenge has been set encourage their friends and family to support them.
Respiratory disease includes asthma, bronchiectasis, bronchiolitis, pneumonia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), lung cancer and obstructive sleep apnoea.Since you’re here… we have a small favour to ask. More and more people want the Post than ever but advertising revenues across the media are falling fast. And unlike many news organisations, we haven’t put up a paywall – we want to keep our journalism as open as we can. So you can see why we need to ask for your help. The Post’s independent, investigative journalism takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce. With investigative reporting, we often don't know at the beginning how a story will unfold and how long it might take to uncover. This can mean it is costly – particularly as we often face legal threats that attempt to stop our reporting. But we remain committed to raising important questions and exposing wrongdoing. And we do it because we believe our perspective matters – because it might well be your perspective, too. If everyone who reads our reporting, who likes it, helps to support it, our future would be much more secure. For as little as NZ$5, you can support the Post – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Support The Post