COPD Awareness Month

COPD Awareness Month

Each November, the COPD Foundation and its community increase the focus on building awareness for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). This year, the Foundation’s COPD Awareness theme is Lace-Up for Lungs.

Nearly 16 million U.S. adults have COPD1, and millions more are undiagnosed and unaware that they have the disease. COPD kills more than 150,000 people each year in the United States2 and more than 3.2 million people worldwide.3

Despite the high number of deaths, COPD is ranked 176th in research funding in the U.S.4

We welcome our community and those interested in learning more about COPD and its impact to go the distance and join us for Lace-Up for Lungs. Together, we can bring greater visibility to the disease and educate, engage, and empower the public to recognize COPD symptoms and seek diagnosis and treatment.

Explore COPD Awareness Month Educational Resources:

What is COPD? What do You Need to Know About COPD Symptoms?

COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is an umbrella term used to describe chronic lung diseases, encompassing emphysema, and chronic bronchitis. The disease is characterized by increasing breathlessness.

Unfortunately, the disease can progress for years if it is undiagnosed. It’s important to talk to a health care provider as soon as you experience symptoms, which can include increased shortness of breath, frequent coughing, wheezing, chest tightness, and unusual tiredness. Your health care provider can order a Spirometry test and help you establish a COPD care and management plan.

Currently, COPD is an incurable disease; however, a person diagnosed with COPD who receives the correct diagnosis and treatment can breathe better, thrive, and enjoy their quality of life.

Learn More About the Basics of COPD

Are you new to COPD? The Foundation developed helpful tools for people recently diagnosed with COPD. Download this free guide to understand The Basics of COPD. This guide covers essential topics, including how COPD is diagnosed, treatment options, managing COPD symptoms, flare-ups, tips for living well with a lung condition, and coping with COPD.

Download your free personal-use copy of The Basics of COPD.

Learn More about Bronchiectasis and NTM Lung Disease

Discover more about Bronchiectasis and NTM Lung Disease to help you understand what they have in common with COPD, how they’re diagnosed and treated, and other topics. See the articles and information here:

Understand COPD: FAQs

Did you know that quitting smoking is the one thing you can do that is proven to slow COPD progression? And, did you know that a person who has never smoked can develop COPD?

Learn more about COPD by visiting our COPD Frequently Asked Questions.

If you’re considering quitting smoking, you’ll enjoy this blog:

Exercise and COPD: It Can Be Good for You to Lace-Up for Lungs!

Exercise Endurance: Use It or Lose It!

You know that old saying, “If you don’t use it, you’ll lose it”? Exercise is one of those things that you have to do frequently and routinely, or you will lose endurance and stamina.

Watch these videos to learn more, and then get ready to Lace-Up for Lungs:

Hear from our members of the COPD Community as they highlight the importance of exercise and living your best life with COPD.

COPD Foundation Captain Phyllis DiLorenzo shares her experiences living with COPD:

I’m ready to Lace-Up for Lungs

Lace-Up For Lungs

Learn how you can join the social challenge and spread awareness for COPD, bronchiectasis, and NTM. You can dress in your favorite bright orange gear (laces, hat, shirt, etc.), hold up your free, downloadable sign, and tell us whom you lace-up for. Is it Mom? Dad? Uncle Joe? Or maybe you lace-up for yourself?

Ready to learn more about Lace-Up for Lungs? Great, let’s get moving together and spread awareness for COPD.

COPDSOS: 30 Million Americans Have COPD; Half Don’t Yet Know It


COPD SOS is a public service campaign developed in partnership with the Dorney-Koppel Foundation, the COPD Foundation, and others focused on identifying the “missing millions” who have COPD but don’t yet know it. Since her diagnosis in 2001, Grace Anne Dorney Koppel has been a voice for those with COPD. She and her husband, broadcast journalist Ted Koppel, created the Dorney-Koppel Foundation to bring attention to this devastating disease and lead the charge in the fight against it.

2021 Events for COPD Awareness Month

COPD Foundation Circle of Friends Virtual Celebration

COPD Foundation 2020 Circle of Friends Virtual Celebration

If you missed the COPD Foundation Circle of Friends virtual celebration, you’re invited to watch the show on-demand. View the video here:

You’ll hear from experts on research, education, advocacy, and patients with COPD, bronchiectasis, and NTM lung disease. Plus, you won’t want to miss the introduction from Jenna Bush Hager, awards for Vince Gill and Dr. David Mannino, and the heartfelt song singer-songwriter Joshua Radin performs for the COPD community.

P.S., you can join our #LaceUpforLungs challenge match donation drive, which continues through the end of 2021.

Awareness Month Webinar: Capturing the Patient & Caregiver Perspective in Research

Awareness Month Webinar: Capturing the Patient & Caregiver Perspective in Research

Join us on November 18, 1 p.m., ET, to hear from Foundation research experts and an experienced patient investigator on the BRIDGE project as they share insights into bringing the patient and caregiver into COPD research. This event will also highlight the resources developed for patients and caregivers to become more involved in research. Register here for Capturing the Patient & Caregiver Perspective.

New Health Podcast Series: The COPD Podcast

The COPD Podcast is a new health podcast series dedicated to raising awareness for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and helping guide those affected by the condition so they can live their best lives. Podcasts are brought to you by the COPD Foundation and Health Unmuted.

Whether you are a person with COPD, a caregiver, or a clinician, we trust you’ll find The COPD Podcast to be a valuable companion along your journey! Listen to Podcast Episodes here.