BreathWorks™ is The Lung Association's national COPD program that offers practical information and support for people with COPD and for their families and caregivers. If you have COPD or if you know someone who has it – BreathWorks™ can help.
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a disease that makes it difficult to move the air in and out of the lungs. COPD is a common lung condition that includes two lung diseases - chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Over 850,000 Ontarians (almost 12 per cent) aged 35 and older have COPD.1
Here is how you can learn more about COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) and its management:
Call our free BreathWorks™ Lung Health Information Line 1-866-717-COPD (2673).
The BreathWorks™ Line is a free, confidential COPD information service offered by Ontario Lung Association to residents of Ontario. Call between 8:30 am - 4:30 pm Monday to Friday to speak with a Certified Respiratory Educator with special training in COPD. You can also leave a message 24 hours a day and we will return your call. Our educators will answer your questions about COPD symptoms, diagnosis and treatment and help you learn about managing COPD.
Free fact sheets and other resources on living with COPD.
Our free BreathWorks™ materials offer plenty of information on how to make living with COPD easier. You can download or order the printed copies by calling the BreathWorks™ Lung Health Information Line 1-866-717-COPD (2673) .
You can learn more how to manage COPD better by joining a COPD rehabilitation program, support group or education centre near you.
Join a COPD program or support group. Find a COPD support group, clinic or education centre in your area.
Join a pulmonary rehabilitation program. Pulmonary rehabilitation programs teach people with COPD how to exercise, breathe easier and live better. Find a pulmonary rehabilitation program in your area.
Interested in Becoming a Lung Health Ambassador?
Lung Health Ambassadors are representatives of the Ontario Lung Association’s BreathWorks Program. The goal is to increase awareness of and advocate for COPD programs in communities. Lung Health Ambassadors are energetic and enthusiastic individuals who are interested and willing to participate in monthly teleconferences, share information with other people with COPD. Their role may also include organizing social events, talking to the media if the opportunity arises, and contacting their MPPs to discuss the need to have funded government programs for COPD.
The Lung Association is always seeking new Lung Health Ambassadors. Call the BreathWorks™ Lung Health Information Line at 1-866-717-COPD (2673) for more information on how to become a Lung Health Ambassador.
1 Quantifying health services use for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Gershon AS, Guan J, Victor JC, Goldstein R, To T. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2013 Mar 15;187(6):596-601. doi: 10.1164/rccm.201211-2044OC. Epub 2013 Jan 17.