Lung Health — Bronchitis, Pneumonia, and COPD 

March Health Focus: Week 2

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Words ending with “itis” refer to inflammation, so bronchitis literally means inflammation of the bronchi or the airways of the lungs. Bronchitis is caused by a viral infection and the main symptom is a cough that won’t go away. 


Acute Bronchitis 


Pneumonia is an infection of the air sacs and surrounding lung tissue and is a leading cause of death from infection disease.  




Smoking increases the severity of your symptoms if you get a lung infection such as bronchitis or pneumonia. Additionally, smoking is directly related to COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) and is the leading cause of preventable death in much of the world. In addition to cigarettes, other tobacco products (smokeless tobacco, cigars, pipes, vaping) also increase cancer risk, as does exposure to secondhand and thirdhand smoke. Women who smoke have a 50% greater chance of having difficulty getting or staying pregnant. 


Overview of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) 


Watch this video to learn more about the health risks of vaping. 

Be sure to stay well hydrated to prevent lung disorders from flaring up.  


Water, Healthy Hydration, and Dehydration 


Did you know that your body processes the sugar in juice, sports beverages, sodas, and alcohol in the same way? Water really is the best choice for staying healthy and well hydrated. 


Soda and Sugar-Sweetened Beverages  


Watch this video to learn how public health efforts have taken on big soda. 


Try a delicious recipe for a meatless meal!  


Baked Acorn Squash with Curried Rice  

Fusilli with Asparagus & Toasted Hazelnuts 

Southwestern Meatless Chili 

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