DRIVE4COPD Is in the Spotlight

November 5, 2010 2:42 p.m.

You may not know it but Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) -- a serious, progressive condition that robs people of their ability to breathe -- is the nation’s fourth leading cause of death. Despite its prevalence, as many as 24 million Americans have COPD and about half don’t know it.

In February, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. joined forces with a group of sports and healthcare organizations, along with a team of celebrities, to launch DRIVE4COPD, a campaign dedicated to addressing these statistics.

As someone who strives to lead a healthy lifestyle through preventative measures and wellness practices, we are delighted to introduce you to this national public health initiative. Your first step? If you are age 35 and older and have smoked more than 100 cigarettes in your life, take the simple 5 question screener at www.DRIVE4COPD.com. DRIVE4COPD is a disease awareness campaign surrounding this debilitating and progressive disease and may provide you the information you need to start a dialogue with your doctor.

Get involved and help DRIVE4COPD meet its campaign goal of screening 1 Million people who may at risk for COPD in 2010. Log onto www.DRIVE4COPD.com/AARC/OH, take the five-question screener, and e-mail the link to everyone you know. By taking the screener, you can also enter for a chance to win some great prizes. Visit DRIVE4COPD.com for details. Become a fan of the DRIVE4COPD Facebook page to show your support for the cause and invite all your friends to join too. Show your support of the campaign by adding the DRIVE4COPD Twibbon [twibbon.com/drive4copd] on your Twitter photo.

Please click on www. DRIVE4COPD.com for additional details on campaign activity nationwide and to check out the diagnostic screener.

Together we can help put the brakes on America’s fourth leading cause of death! Who do you DRIVE4?

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