SOURCE: Asthma Society of Canada
TORONTO,ON--(Marketwired - March 27, 2014) - The Asthma Society of Canada is pleased to announce an expansion of the Team Asthma program into Quebec. Team Asthma, a program of the National Asthma Patient Alliance, was initially launched in 2009. Team Asthma members are Canadians living with asthma and their friends who are supporting asthma education and research by raising money through sport and other physical activities. Members proudly wear the Team Asthma logo while exercising and competing to show that asthma can't stop them from reaching our goals.
"We are proud to be launching Équipe Asthme today in Quebec," said Asthma Society of Canada President & CEO Dr. Robert Oliphant. "With a new complement of resources available in French, we hope that all Quebecers with asthma, or a connection to someone with asthma, join Équipe Asthme to help live active and symptom-free lives," Oliphant concluded.
Team Asthma welcomes members of all athletic abilities, boasting elite athletes as well as those who are just learning how to be active. Our elite athletes, such as Team Canada triathlete John Healy and Team Canada Fencer Vincent Pelletier, provide an example to all members that asthma should not be a barrier to being active and healthy. Other members demonstrate every day that a commitment to exercise and living an active lifestyle is possible in spite of their disease.
"The Launch of Équipe Asthme and its educational mission is great news for the Francophone asthma community," said fencer Vincent Pelletier. "I am proud to be part of this launch of Équipe Asthme and help to emphasize the importance of an active lifestyle for people with asthma."
The Team Asthma program has had continued success as a participating charity in organized race events across the country. Our members have run and walked in the Halifax Blue Nose Marathon, the 21k de Montréal, the Calgary Marathon, the Vancouver Half-Marathon and the Toronto Waterfront Marathon.
To learn more about Équipe Asthme visit http://www.asthma.ca/teamasthma/index_fr.php and download our new Exercise Guide for being active and healthy with asthma, available soon in both English and French.