Air quality education technique helps audience understand what asthma feels like

Here’s a great suggestion when educating face-to-face audiences on air quality and its affects on health, courtesy of Gary Reeves, Director of Environmental Compliance at George W. Lowry, Inc. in Modesto, California. His suggestion came in response to our blog post There’s nothing funny about air pollution – Or is there? “I perform a lot […]

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Can Canada’s Air Quality Health Index help minimize athletes’ exposure to poor air quality in competitive situations?

“Clean air & sports has been the talk here” “What summer smog means for Olympic Athletes” “Experts meet to discuss London’s poor air quality before the Olympics.” It’s the talk of the town in the Summer Olympic host-city of London,  as the headlines suggest, and it’s dominating the ‘twitterverse’ too – air quality and its […]

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Seniors getting ‘social’ — one in a trilogy of trends where social media can shine

According to the Pew Internet and American Life Project, 80% of internet users look online for health information. People used to rely on only a few sources when looking for health advice – their doctor, a friend or family member – those people they trust. Today, they search Google, read blogs, participate in e-patient groups, […]

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Update – Humour wins

In a recent blog post, There’s Nothing Funny About Air Pollution – or is there?, I gave a nod to the American Lung Association for its creative approach to Alvin the Air Collector, a Public Service Announcement promoting the State of the Air app. My point was recognizing how humour can be effective in getting […]

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There’s nothing funny about air pollution – or is there?

While there’s nothing humorous about the effect air pollution has on people’s lungs, heart and even brains, a tickle of their funny bone may be a way to get them to pay more attention to what they inhale. The American Lung Association’s ‘Breathe Smarter’ campaign sets out to prompt people, particularly young people with asthma […]

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EPA’s ‘My Air – My Health Challenge’ smart step in protecting environment and health

Don Tapscott – a Canadian business strategist, expert on society in the digital age, and author of the 2010 best-seller, Macrowikinomics,  predicted the power of citizen collaboration and crowd-sourcing as a way for government to make better decisions representing more of the people. As he eloquently puts it: “This is not your granddaddy’s paternalistic government: […]

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Happy Clean Air Day! How are you celebrating?

In our home province of BC, Clean Air Day has been recognized and celebrated over the past 20 years. And some encouraging progress toward improving air quality in that time has been seen on several fronts… to name a few: –    Numerous BC communities and regional districts developing public-driven airshed management plans. –    Local programs […]

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What’s your advice for increasing kids’ active play time?

By Jennifer Muir When it comes to encouraging active play in our children, as a nation we are failing. A big fat ‘F’ is what we get against the recommended 60 minutes of daily active play defined as “moderate- to vigorous-intensity physical activity” by Active Healthy Kids Canada, which publishes its Report Card on Physical […]

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Count backwards from 10…

BC residents narrowly escaped a collective medical emergency last weekend when the BC Supreme Court ruled that anesthesiologists must continue to provide full hospital services – at least until after a subsequent ruling on April 20. Contrary to much of the coverage, the physicians are not just concerned about compensation.

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What motivates you to help the air?

When you think about air pollution, what gets your attention most? Is it the effects on your own health, the impact on the environment or what air pollution, and how you might be contributing to it, are costing you in dollars and cents? Yup – air pollution is proving to be costly to our environment, […]

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