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#MyCanadianSummer Photo Contest Underway – Fan Voting Has Begun!

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Whether you’re dockside, beaching it, cycling Canada’s back roads or scaling rocky mountain peaks, we want you to show us what your Canadian summer looks like. Enter the 29th Annual Fresh Air Photo Contest, hosted by London Drugs and The Lung Association, for your chance to win awesome prizes, including: ● First prize Nikon D5200 DSLR Two lens kit ● Second prize Sony NEX 5 Compact System Camera ● Third prize Fujifilm X20 Digital Compact Camera To learn more, enter your photo or vote for your favourite photo, visit The 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizewinners will be selected

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Beyond the Rain

Calgary flooding

Our warm wet weather is reeking havoc for families across Alberta. Some have lost everything, others are facing a major clean up.  But all of us must watch out for mould. Mould is a trigger for asthma and asthma-related symptoms such as wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath, and chest tightness. When you are exposed to mould, the smooth muscle that wraps around the airways tightens. Mould also causes inflammation and increased production of phlegm, headaches and fatigue, and allergic reactions. For those who have asthma or vulnerable populations such as children and the elderly, mould may affect them much more

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SWAP to STOP this World No Tobacco Day

  Every year, on 31 May, the World Health Organization and partners everywhere mark World No Tobacco Day, highlighting the health risks associated with tobacco use and advocating for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption. This year, The Lung Association, Alberta & NWT will be celebrating World No Tobacco Day (May 31st) at the Grande Prairie Stompede with the SWAP to STOP campaign.  Beginning on May 29, 2013 at the Grande Prairie Stompede, the SWAP to STOP campaign will invite rodeo athletes and attendees to swap their cigarettes and smokeless tobacco for NICORETTE® gum and start going tobacco-free. Building on

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Managing Spring Allergies

Spring can be such a beautiful time of year. The snow is melting, the sun is shining, the flowers are blooming. However, this wonderful time of year is not so beautiful for those who are allergy sufferers. For them, spring means itchy eyes, sneezing, coughing, and having trouble breathing. Rae Thygesen is one of those spring allergy sufferers. She tells her story about what the spring season means to her and how she tries to manage: “My allergies usually start to act up around late March, early April depending on how late the snow starts to melt and snow mold

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Monitoring your lung health during wildfire season

Alberta is no stranger to wildfires. According to the Ministry of Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development (AESRD), Alberta has had an average of 1,541 wild fires per year in the last 10 years. Currently, wildfires have forced evacuations in two Alberta communities, as fire season began with warm, windy and dry spring weather. With these high numbers of wildfires throughout Alberta, many people may be affected by the smoke of forest fires. The Lung Association urges those with lung disease such as asthma and COPD to monitor their breathing and avoid exposure to smoke. Please visit for more

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Reducing asthma triggers in the classroom

Heather Crysdale

As a teacher, Heather Crysdale knows that asking for help is important. That’s why she sought out The Lung Association’s help to learn how to manage her asthma better. Heather worked with Rosario Holmes, a certified asthma educator with The Lung Association in Ottawa, to learn more about her asthma medications and how to use her inhalers appropriately. Rosario explained to Heather about how to use a spacer with her metered dose inhaler to improve the delivery of the medication. Rosario also taught Heather how to keep her inhalers clean and sanitary. “As a teacher of young children, I have

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The facts about snow mould

Spring is on the way! And the warmer temperatures provide the perfect conditions for melting snow on lawns and driveways. As much as we are jumping for joy for this, hiding beneath larger piles of snow is a less than welcome sign of spring – a fungus called snow mould. Spores from the mould can cause sneezing, wheezing, itchy eyes and, in more severe cases, trouble breathing. Spores are the reproductive cells of the mould. It’s something that comes around every year. It likes the cold. It thrives in the zero-to-seven-degrees temperature range and it likes environments where there is

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Calling for the end of coal-fired power plants in Alberta

The Lung Association, Alberta & NWT was pleased to join our fellow health and environmental organizations – Pembina Institute, Asthma Society of Canada, and Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment – to draw attention to the issue of coal-fired power in Alberta with the March 26th release of the report A Costly Diagnosis – Subsidizing coal power with Albertans health. Although the body of research on the health impacts of air pollution from coal is extensive and unequivocal in its findings that there are numerous health risks associated with exposure to air pollution from coal plants, none have yet

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Breathtaking beauty helps others breathe easier

Win a glimpse of nature that will take your breath away!  Sweeping landscapes, floral studies and the majesty of our wild neighbours captured by true local artists. The Lung Association has 13 beautifully framed pieces donated by their creators to help raise money for our 2013 ArtWorks for Lung Health campaign. Three local artists have contributed their work to this campaign. Cindy Barratt of Stony Plain offered a 1 of 1 limited edition print Sunny Alberta– Roses #12 from her series exploring Alberta’s iconic wild rose. Elaine Funnell from Spruce Grove brings indoors one of the first harbingers of spring with

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20 storeys of victory over lung diseases

The morning of March 10 was a special day at the Coast Edmonton Plaza as more than 150 participants climbed 20 storeys of the hotel in support of The Lung Association, AB & NWT. Edmonton’s first ever Boardwalk Rental Communities StairClimb for Clean Air was a success. One of the highlights of the event was the heartfelt speech by Morris Irvine, a double lung transplant survivor. The resident of Lindbergh waited nine months on a transplant list. He received his new lungs on March 13, 2011 at the University of Alberta Hospital, where he spent four days in intensive care

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