September 22, 2011


COLUMBIA, Tenn. – By exercising regularly, those affected by chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) can better manage the condition. The Lungs for Life: COPD Support Group at Maury Regional Medical Center (MRMC) will host a meeting titled “Exercises for COPD” on Wednesday, October 5, in the medical center’s Private Dining Room One at 2 p.m. The group, which meets monthly at MRMC, encourages the public to attend this free program.

Jackie Hill, an exercise physiologist at the medical center, will discuss the benefits of exercise for those affected by COPD. “Staying active by getting regular exercise is an important step in coping with lung disease,” Hill said. “Exercise helps to increase your energy level and improve your breathing.”

At the upcoming meeting, Hill will demonstrate some simple exercises that can be performed at home to assist with the management of COPD.

The term COPD refers to a group of lung diseases that block airflow and make it increasingly difficult to breathe. Emphysema and chronic bronchitis are the two main conditions associated with COPD, which is a leading cause of death. Symptoms of COPD do not usually appear until significant lung damage has already occurred. Because the damage is not reversible, treatment plans typically focus on controlling symptoms and minimizing further damage.

The goal of Lungs for Life is to provide education and awareness about COPD in order to promote the self-care and management of the condition. The public is invited to attend the upcoming meeting. For more information, call 931.380.4094.