This blog post was written by Jim Nelson, an individual living with COPD. Read more…
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This blog post was written by Joanna Murray.
When I think about nutrition and COPD, the first thing that comes to my mind is how my mom took care of herself on a daily basis. Maintaining an ideal weight was hard work for her. It has been proven that the better you eat and take care of yourself the easier time you will have handling difficult situations; you need food for energy and to help keep up your oxygen levels. Without the right balance, your lungs have to work harder for you to breathe.
This month is the sixth month anniversary of my mother’s death. I have finally started to come to a better understanding on how much more there is to be learned about this disease.
Maintaining your weight and exercise are two of the essential ingredients needed to help maintain lung health. There are breathing and exercise programs specifically designed to help you. If you are having issues with breathing, an overall exercise plan may be the last thing on your agenda.
Exercise can benefit your breathing; it will allow you to stay as active as possible by improving your lung function. As with any exercise program when it comes to having COPD, be sure to talk with your doctor or health care provider.
Exercise and diet will add to your quality of life; both of these will improve how well your body uses oxygen, which is essential to COPDers because they use more energy to breathe. Maintaining your weight will decrease the increase of your symptoms. For me, I wish I would have known all of this. Perhaps I could have helped urge my mom to make the changes, but she was stubborn and believed she knew all she needed to.
A few pieces of valuable information I have learned about proper nutrition for those suffering from COPD are:
- Eat daily the recommended servings from the four food groups.
- Try eating more frequently smaller portions of meals to prevent shortness of breath
- Ensure you have adequate fluid intake, 6-8 cups daily, which helps thin mucus secretions.
- A helpful tip regarding dairy intake, would be to follow up with water or fruit juice to help avoiding coating the mucus already present.
I believe that a healthy and active life style for anyone is wonderful and it could prolong anyone’s life. In my opinion if my mom started an exercise routine when she had first been diagnosed it could have been beneficial.
I hope and pray that if you have COPD you look into adopting a healthy lifestyle. There are so many resources out there to help you get through this disease; I can say this now because if I knew then what I know now, maybe just maybe my mom would still be here. I love and miss her but I hope by me sharing what I have learned I can help others through COPD.
“We didn’t choose COPD…COPD chose ‘Full Tilt Boogie,’” says Donna Lee.
The song and video that Lee is referring to is known internationally for its part in spreading awareness about COPD.
Donna Lee says “Full Tilt Boogie” is a term originating out of Texas, brought to the song-writing table from Texas A&M University.
“The title, ‘Full Tilt Boogie’ invites folks to get up and move. We thought that the video would make a fantastic COPD pulmonary rehabilitation and awareness video for folks of all ages,” Donna Lee says. “Watch the video closely. As the camera scans the floor, you are witnessing over 75 active citizens from all walks of life and all ages participating in pulmonary rehabilitation. Can you tell me which dancers are living with COPD?”
“Full Tilt Boogie” continues to excited and invite many dancers to get up and get motivated, according to Donna Lee.
“Hopefully people will continue to dance, exercise and participate. It just so happens that our lifestyles have left so many with COPD, but COPD doesn’t have to be a death sentence,” she says. “Though limited, once diagnosed and with your doctor’s care and encouragement we can continue to live active lives.”
The group is a social line dance group comprised of seniors from all over the Vegas Valley as well as Mesquite, Nevada and different cities in Utah, who meet once a month. They filmed the video in East Las Vegas, with dancers’ ages ranging from 55 to 85.
“Many people who attended this Full Tilt Boogie session danced for three hours with just two short breaks, most of the seniors having a variety of health issues,” Donna Lee says.
“One lady with COPD brought her nebulizer and sat out when she became too winded. Others dealt with double knee replacements, arthroscopic surgeries, back problems, high blood pressure, heart bypass surgery and various types of cancer,” she says. “Senior line dancers are a resilient breed of people. A lot of that resilience can be attributed to the exercise they are exposed to when they attend line dance class.”
Donna Lee says line dancing not only offers physical exercise, but also mental exercise.
“’Full Tilt Boogie’ line dance increases the blood flow to your brain and to the important organs in your body. The steps are simple enough that everyone can do them and it is up tempo so everyone gets a good workout when they do it,” she says.
Donna Lee says the video, which has over 3,000 views on Youtube, is being added to playlists at radio stations worldwide, and won second place at the 2011 Las Vegas Line Dance competition. She also says it was submitted to the 2011 CMA festival (a supporter of the DRIVE4COPD campaign).
The “Full Tilt Boogie” would not be possible without these people:
- Singer/songwriter L J Coon, L J Coon Music Publishing BMI
- Award-winning Line Dance Instructor Sheri Hurley
- Videographer Annie Lynn
- All of the 75 plus Line Dancers at the East Las Vegas Community Center
- All of the Line Dance folks worldwide that have started their own “Full Tilt Boogie” Grass Roots effort to raise COPD awareness.
- Radio stations worldwide for adding “Full Tilt Boogie” to their playlist in an effort to get the word out and invite folks to be tested.
- All of the folks in the Drive4COPD Campaign, Tune Up for COPD, and The 2011 CMA festival, for their very favorable acceptance of the song/video submission of “Full Tilt Boogie” for COPD awareness.
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