The Lung Association

The Lung Association
Time to get your Butts in Gear

Time to get your Butts in Gear

May 28, 2009 11:06 ET

The Lung Association: Smokers Get Their Butts in Gear

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - May 28, 2009) - Smokers in HRM are getting their butts in gear with the Lung Association of Nova Scotia's newest program, Learn to Run for Smokers. Starting Tuesday, June 9th, this 9 week program introduces the love for running under the supervision of an accredited coach, with a level of activity customized to the participant. "Our goal is to provide a supportive environment for smokers looking for a healthier way of life, "explains Coach Louis Brill, CEO and President of the Lung Association. " Running is a life-changing activity, and I believe that this experience will encourage smokers to love their lungs."

Learn to Run for Smokers is designed for any level of fitness and is supervised by Louis Brill, one of Nova Scotia's most experienced running coaches. Sessions will run twice per week and include a combination of walking, running and stretching regimes that ensure safe, effective techniques for a lifetime of running enjoyment. Additional experts are brought in for educational presentations on diet, sports psychology, addiction counseling and equipment selection. "The most important thing is that our smokers have fun," says Brill. "We are creating a positive environment where participants will receive the support they need with the training goal of running the Credit Union Atlantic Lung Run in August."

Perfect for new runners, The Credit Union Atlantic Lung Run is Halifax's flattest, fastest 5K, taking place on August 9th on the Halifax waterfront. Over 400 runners and Nordic Walkers will enjoy a beautiful Sunday morning on the boardwalk, while raising funds for lung diseases like C.O.P.D. and asthma. Says Brill, "C.O.P.D. is the lung disease most likely to afflict smokers, if we can encourage smokers to love their lungs today, we can help them prevent a truly unpleasant future."

This pilot program is free and welcomes all smokers who have thought about running, but didn't think it was for them. Thanks to the support of Saint Mary's University Athletics, training sessions take place at The Tower at on Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday at 9 a.m. If you are a smoker and think it might be time to get your butts in gear, you can sign up by calling 443-8141 Ext 26.

Contact Information

  • Lung Association of Nova Scotia
    Carol Ritchie
    Manager, Communications
    902-443-8141 ext 29
    Lung Association of Nova Scotia
    Louis Brill
    President & CEO
    Coach of Learn to Run for Smokers Program
    Cell: 499-0820