Health Congregational Nursing Ministry                                                                    

The Health-Congregational Nursing Ministry of FMBC shall promote good health by providing information and education on good nutrition, proper exercise, rest, and health related activities.  Congregational Nursing consists of registered (RN) and licensed practitioner nurses (LPN) who share their skills in promoting holistic health and ministry.

Healthy Lung Month

October is Healthy Lung Month—a time to raise awareness about lung disease, the importance of protecting the lungs, and possible ways of avoiding lung health issues.

The lungs are responsible for getting oxygen into the bloodstream where it’s then carried to the cells, tissues, and organs in the body. Breathing about 25,000 times and inhaling approximately 2,400 gallons of air every day, the lungs are the only internal organ in constant contact with the environment outside the body.

 

The air that we breathe is mostly oxygen and nitrogen, with small amounts of other gases, floating bacteria, and viruses. It also contains the products of tobacco smoke, automobile exhaust, and other pollutants from the atmosphere, making the lungs vulnerable to a number of diseases.

Lung disease refers to many conditions including lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), pulmonary fibrosis, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, interstitial lung disease, asthma, and infections such as influenza, pneumonia, and tuberculosis.

According to the American Lung Association (ALA):

  • Lung cancer is the leading cancer killer in the US and worldwide, causing more deaths than colorectal, breast, and prostate cancers combined.

  • COPD is the third leading cause of death in the US with more than 11 million diagnosed and an estimated 24 million undiagnosed.

  • Women are more vulnerable to lung damage from cigarette smoke and other pollutants.

  • 85 to 90% of COPD cases are caused by smoking, but nonsmokers can get COPD too.

  • Pulmonary fibrosis causes scarring in the lungs.

  • Around 140,000 Americans have been diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis.

 

Common symptoms of lung disease include:

  • Chronic cough that lasts for at least one month.

  • Chronic mucus production that lasts for at least one month.

  • Chronic chest pain, especially if caused by breathing and/or coughing.

  • Coughing up blood can be a red flag indicating lung problems.

  • Shortness of breath or labored breathing even without physical exertion.

  • Wheezing could be a sign that the airways are narrow or there is something blocking them.

 

Here are a few tips to help you care for your lungs:

  • Stop smoking: Smoking causes chronic inflammation, and may cause changes that can lead to lung cancer.

  • Be mindful of air pollution: Have your home tested for radon, and avoid staying in places that have polluted air.

  • Exercise: Daily aerobic exercise and breathing exercises are ways you can “work out” your lungs to their full capacity.

  • Get checked regularly: Seek medical help on a regular basis to address any medical concerns or questions you might have.

 

Experts recommend the following tips for healthy respiratory and lung health:

  • Avoid smoking.

  • Maintain a healthy weight.

  • Eat a balanced diet.

  • Stay hydrated.

  • Reduce alcohol intake.

  • Practice good hygiene.

  • Be active and exercise.

  • Learn yoga breathing techniques.

  • Limit exposure to chemicals and common allergens.

  • Protect yourself against outdoor pollution.

  • Check for radon in your home.

  • Know the warning signs of lung disease.

Some of the warning signs of lung disease are:

  • Chronic cough that lasts for at least one month.

  • Chronic mucus production that lasts for at least one month.

  • Chronic chest pain, especially if caused by breathing and/or coughing.

  • Coughing up blood can be a red flag indicating lung problems.

  • Shortness of breath or labored breathing even without physical exertion.

  • Wheezing could be a sign that the airways are narrow or there is something blocking them.

For more information about healthy lungs, visit the American Lung Association.

Audrey Kizzie

Health Congregational Nursing Ministry Coordinator 

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Galatians 5:24

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10.25.2020