The Lung Health Ambassador (LHA) initiative aims to inform young students of lung health and risk factors for lung disease. Through this initiative, we aim to build a culture of young students to better understand the impact their environment has on their health, while equipping them with tools they can use and build upon. Further, we will provide teachers with resources and educational material that are in accordance with current priorities of the local schools and communities, as well as access to healthcare professionals, researchers and scientists for the local schools and their staff.
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Asthma is a situation in which the airways of the lung narrow due to swelling with or without excess mucous secretions.
Some symptoms of asthma include coughing, shortness of breath, audible wheezing, and chest tightness.
While there is no cure for asthma, persons living with asthma can control their disease with medications as well as avoiding known triggers when possible.
Triggers are activities or substances that cause asthma symptoms in an individual and may include environmental or even exercise.
Air pollution occurs when there are harmful or excessive amounts of substances are present in air. These substances include gases, dust and particulate matter as well as other biological particles.
Air pollutants are airborne materials that can harm respiratory and cardiovascular health. These include small particles, such as dust, or chemicals, such as carbon monoxide (CO). Reducing exposure to air pollutants may reduce symptoms of pulmonary disease such as asthma or COPD.
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a chronic lung disease that causes obstruction of the lungs airways, resulting in the inability to properly clear out air.
The two most common conditions that result in COPD include emphysema and chronic bronchitis.
Emphysema is a disease where the smallest airways of the lung are damaged.
Chronic bronchitis is due to inflammation around the airways resulting in excess mucous.
Symptoms of COPD include shortness of breath, coughing, mucous production, and chest heaviness.
While COPD cannot be cured, it can be well managed with medications and avoidance of substances that are known to worsen the disease, such as cigarette smoke.