In April 2012, the COPD Foundation took over the leadership of the nation’s largest public health initiative DRIVE4COPD®.

This landmark public health initiative is raising awareness of COPD, driving earlier diagnosis through risk screening, championing access to needed care and services, and advancing efforts to help people with COPD live full and productive lives. The campaign is working to help individuals determine their risk and recognize the signs and symptoms of COPD so they can be empowered to take action.

The campaign urges all Americans aged 35 or older to take a brief, five-question screener to see if they might be at risk for COPD. If the screener indicates risk, patients are encouraged to take the next step and speak with their healthcare professional to discuss what their score may mean.

Because COPD is a progressive disease that causes irreversible lung damage, early diagnosis and disease management are critical to helping patients breathe better in the future.

More than 2.5 million Americans have assessed through risk through utilization of the screener, but the outreach continues to reach the 12 million Americans currently undiagnosed.

NASCAR®—one of the most influential sports organizations in North America––has recognized the need to join the effort, and has designated DRIVE4COPD as the “Official Health Initiative of NASCAR®.”

Through the partnership with NASCAR, the DRIVE4COPD campaign is reaching out to Fortune 500 businesses as well as more than 75 million fans annually both online and through special at-track events and races.

With partners such as NASCAR, the National Business Coalition on Health, the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, the American Association for Respiratory Care and other corporate partners, we are working not only to identify undiagnosed patients, but to fully support those patients living with COPD.

NASCAR® is a registered trademark of the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc.

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