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Assignment Part 1
Develop a health education/ promotion brochure to support respiratory health in clinical practice.
Critically discuss the health education/promotion material included in your brochure.
Take care of your lungs today, and you’re more likely to breathe easier in the years to come.
Some respiratory problems are easily treated if they’re properly diagnosed, say physicians, and many are preventable. The most important factors relating to respiratory health other than genetics and family history are smoking, air pollution and obesity.
First line of defense
Your respiratory system–which includes the nose, throat, windpipe and lungs–brings air into your body when you breathe. In the lungs, the oxygen from each breath is transferred to the bloodstream and sent to all of the body’s cells as life-sustaining fuel.
The lungs are different from most of the other organs in your body because their delicate tissues are directly connected to the outside environment. Anything you breathe in can affect them, including germs, tobacco smoke and harmful substances like dust and chemicals. The resulting respiratory ailments can range from allergies and asthma to pneumonia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and even lung cancer, which kills more women than breast, cervical and ovarian cancers combined, according to the American Lung Association.