Monday, November 01, 2010


Asthma doesn’t mean you can't exercise

Do you struggle with your weight? I have recently lost a significant amount of weight, and it took a lot of hard work.

I realize it is a lifelong commitment to keep the weight off. And I am not alone.

Obesity, asthma, and smoking are among the top healthcare issues in our region, according to the findings of the Community Health Needs Assessment recently released by Backus Hospital.

More than 68% of adults are overweight or obese – that translates into an estimated 175,000 adults in our region. And 18% of adults and 17% of children in the area have been diagnosed with asthma.

The American Heart Association recommends moderate intensity aerobic exercise amounting to about 30 minutes, five days a week.

But what if we have asthma? Or emphysema? Backus Pulmonologist Dr. Donna Romito will be speaking on just that subject — “No excuses: Exercising with Asthma and Other Respiratory Problems.”

This is the next program in the “Enjoy LIFE” (Lifelong Investment in Fitness and Exercise) community education series at the Plainfield Recreation Center, 482 Norwich Road, Plainfield, on Thursday, Nov. 11, 6:30-8 p.m.

She will address exercising challenges for both children and adults. This is a free program, but pre-registration is requested by calling -860-889-8331, ext 2495.

Backus Registered Dietitian Sarah Hospod will also be available to counsel attendees with any nutrition questions.

The Community Health Needs Assessment can be viewed on line at Come join us for this informative program and see why there is “no excuse” not to stay active — for a lifetime.

Alice Facente is a registered nurse and clinical educator with the The William W. Backus Hospital Education Department. This column should not replace advice or instruction from your personal physician. If you want to comment on this column or others, visit the Healthy Living blog at or e-mail Ms. Facente or any of the Healthy Living columnists at

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