From:                              Michelle Donaldson

Sent:                               Tuesday, July 21, 2020 10:47 AM

To:                                   Michelle Donaldson

Subject:                          FW: [Test] The Lung Connection - Summer 2020

 



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Message from the President & CEO


Greetings,

We hope everyone has been staying healthy and safe through this unprecedented time, while also doing their part to keep those with lung disease, who are most at risk, protected.

With COVID-19 being a virus that attacks the respiratory system, we feel that our work has never been more important. We continue to focus on promoting lung health and providing the supports and services Nova Scotians need in order to manage and improve their lung health.

Throughout this pandemic we have found new ways to collaborate as a team with many staff still working from home on certain days. Additionally, we continue to support those who rely on our programs and services by implementing safety measures. We remain diligent in following public health guidelines and we will continue to take extra precautions where needed in order to service the 1-in-5 Nova Scotians living with lung disease.

As we continue into the summer, we hope you continue to stay connected with us and follow guidelines set out by government leaders and public health officials.
 

Please take care of yourself and your loved ones. We’re all in this together. 

Yours and lung health, 

Robert MacDonald
President & CEO


Lung Association of Nova Scotia

 

 

COVID-19 & Lung Health

COVID-19 is a respiratory virus, making our mission to prevent and manage lung disease even more vital, as this pandemic continues.

While COVID-19 can be life threatening to individuals of any age, there are some who are more at risk, including those who are living with lung disease, as their respiratory health is already compromised.

In addition to standard protection measures that all individuals should continue to take, there are further precautions that people living with lung disease should take into consideration:

  • If you have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or believe you have otherwise been exposed to COVID-19 or are confirmed to have this infection, stay home and contact your respirologist and primary care provider for advice right away.
  • Call your respirologist and primary care provider if you have recently travelled from an area that has known cases of COVID-19.

We will continue to work towards the prevention and management of lung disease through advocacy, patient services, education and research. 

 

Sustain Technologies Inc. – Creating a Cleaner Environment

It is easy to throw a black bag at the end of your driveway and never think about it again. However, the more waste that goes into our landfills, with no recyclable purpose, the worse our environment and global health becomes as pollution rises. As ozone pollution increases, respiratory illnesses are expected to worsen and take even more lives. To continue to be a part of the solution for lung health, we have partnered with Sustane Technologies to recycle sleep apnea machines that no longer operate.

Sustane Technologies Inc. is an innovative Nova Scotia start-up focused on creating a clean, sustainable future. Sustane Tech transforms 90% of municipal solid waste into reusable energies by separating the materials found in black bags. Through this process, Sustane Technologies has created a reduction in CO2 emission equivalent to the permanent removal of over 41,000 cars from the roads.

Our current Sleep Apnea Refurbishment Program collects donations of gently-used CPAP and BiPAP machines, which are then refurbished and delivered to those who need the therapy but are unable to afford it. Unfortunately, not all donated machines can be refurbished. Sustane Technologies has been an excellent partner in helping us responsibly dispose of all machines that our program cannot put to further use.

Kevin Cameron, a member of Sustane Technologies Inc., expressed the synergy that he sees between Sustane Technologies and the Lung Association of Nova Scotia. Creating a healthier population and environment is a top priority for both organizations, leading to a meaningful partnership that Cameron says he hopes to see strengthen and grow overtime.
 

 

 

Meet our Chair – Linda Gregory

Linda Gregory knows how to put the community first. For her, community has always been top of mind, as she strives to create healthier and happier communities. Linda Gregory is the current Deputy Warden on the Digby Municipal Council and volunteers with many other organizations and community events. With her long list of involvements, passions and experiences, we could not be more fortunate to have Linda Gregory as the Chair of our Board.

As a health professional, working with the Lung Association was a natural fit for Linda Gregory. Since first joining the Lung Association as a volunteer in 1992, then shortly after becoming a board member, Gregory has taken her opportunity to make a positive impact on Nova Scotia lung health.

Gregory recounts that her mother had been involved with the Lung Association and how that translated into her own desire to be involved. Further, Linda Gregory knows the challenges that lung illness can have on a family. Gregory, herself is an asthmatic and raised two children with asthma, in addition to having a brother who battled tuberculosis. Gregory recognizes the importance of continuing to provide programming and support for lung health, and feels there are still far too many individuals who are unaware of its importance. 

Since joining the LANS board, Gregory has taken pride in the contributions she has made to the Lung Association’s mission. She speaks most fondly of Camp Treasure Chest and the impact that the camp has had on Nova Scotia youth and their families. Gregory reflects on how she regrets not being able to have her children attend Camp Treasure Chest when they were young, but could not be more excited for the future generations and growing number of children that have been able to learn about their lung illnesses while enjoying camp.

With her industrious personality, Gregory continues to strive to spread awareness on the importance of lung health and ignite positive changes in Nova Scotia. We are incredibly fortunate to have Linda Gregory leading our board and collaborating with our team. Together, we are working to create a province where no one struggles to breathe.
 

 

 

Smoke-Free Now Challenge

On May 8th, 119 Nova Scotians started our Smoke Free Now Challenge, where participants were challenged to stay smoke free for 4 weeks. Eighteen participants successfully quit smoking for the duration of the challenge, and received the gift of local lobster as a reward for their efforts.

This challenge was a slight variation of the Quit Cold Turkey smoking cessation program that we typically offer in November. The Smoke Free Now Challenge rallied a 15% success rate. This is a significant reduction from the Quit Cold Turkey Program success rates which are usually between 25 to 40%. However, we see this as an indication of how strenuous COVID-19 has been on many individuals, as stress can play a big part in an individual's attempts to quit smoking, despite the reality that smoking is not a stress reliever. We see these results as a reminder to continue to find ways to support Nova Scotians in their attempts to quit smoking. It has never been more important, as their lung health is further at risk.

We want to congratulate all successful participants and encourage all other participants to keep trying -you are one attempt closer to success!

 

 

Camp Treasure Chest Goes Virtual

Since 1989 Camp Treasure Chest has taught children across Nova Scotia to take control of and manage their asthma through educational session with health experts. While at camp children also take part in every day camp experiences such as crafts and games. However, with the increased vulnerability of these children to COVID-19 and current regulations, Camp Treasure Chest is going to look a bit different this year.

Working with Brigadoon Village we have been able to support a virtual Camp Treasure Chest. The camp will run from August 3rd to August 6th. Campers will be able to join in on fun programs and cabin time each morning and afternoon. Camp traditions will continue throughout the week, even if they’re a little different. Screen time with Brigadoon will be balanced with time to get outside, move around and play each day.

We are excited to have campers back at Camp Treasure Chest for another year, even if it’s joining us from home!

Thank you to Brigadoon Village for being so dedicated to helping make this camp a reality for the kids who value it so much!

 

 

Links Fore Lungs Books

This season’s Links Fore Lungs Book has over 100 BOGO green fees, driving range deals, play and stay discounts, and mini putts at over 55 golf courses throughout the Atlantic Provinces. While the golf season may be a bit shorter this year, we are still grateful for the support of the courses who donate offers, as this fundraiser has always been an important source of funding for the Lung Association of Nova Scotia.

Indian Lake Golf Course has been a participant in our Links Fore Lungs Book since 1997, offering four BOGO green fees in this year’s book. Their beautiful 18-hole course is only 10 minutes from Halifax and offers an exciting round of golf with scenic views on every hole.

Course owner, Jim Durant, says the partnership is mutually beneficial, as Indian Lake Golf Course receives profits from each sale they make, while also receiving publicity from the book and the overall promotion of golf. Further, Durant recognizes the importance of providing education and programs to improve lung health.

We are incredibly grateful for all our participants this year and the numerous courses that have continued to support our operations year after year. If you have not yet purchased your Links Fore Lungs Book they are available for purchase online: https://ns.lung.ca/lung-book

 

 

Show Us Your Snores Campaign 

This spring we took to social media asking for people to share videos of themselves or others snoring whether it be a pet, friend, or family member (with their permission).Through this fun, interactive challenge we aimed to raise awareness about sleep apnea and the important work done by the Lung Association of Nova Scotia to make treatment more accessible, while simultaneously encouraging Nova Scotians to laugh and have fun. While this year’s campaign has ended, we are hopeful that this will become an annual campaign with increased participation each year.

Snoring can often be a symptom of obstructive sleep apnea – a condition that can cause a person to stop breathing, sometimes over 30 times per hour. Over 30,000 Nova Scotians living with sleep apnea and therapy can cost anywhere from $1500-$6000, making this vital therapy inaccessible for many whose health depends on it.

Through our Sleep Apnea Refurbishment Program we work to combat this issue by collecting gently-used, newer models of CPAP and BiPAP machines. Students from Dalhousie University's School of Health Sciences work to refurbish the machines for distribution to patients who could otherwise not afford therapy.

Read more about the #ShowUsYourSnores campaign and our Sleep Apnea Refurbishment Program.
 

 

 

Please note our office in now on summer hours:

Monday - Thursday:  8:00am - 4:30pm
Fridays:  8:00am - Noon

 

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