two hands holding a orange ribbon for COPD

November is National COPD Awareness Month

Millions of Americans have been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and millions more have it and don’t know.
With early diagnosis and treatment, people with COPD can improve their quality of life and begin to breathe better.

The month of November provides the COPD community with a distinct time to come together with one voice and focus on increasing awareness of the disease. Across the country, organizations are conducting outreach and holding events to bring greater visibility to COPD and to encourage people to recognize its symptoms and get diagnosed and treated earlier.

We hope you will join the Learn More Breathe Better (LMBB) program in our efforts to promote resources and educate others. The resources below provide you with sample content for all stages of the COPD journey — signs and symptoms, diagnosis and management, and living with COPD.

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a serious lung disease that makes it hard to breathe. Common symptoms that people often mistake as normal signs of aging include wheezing, shortness of breath, ongoing coughing, chest tightness, or a combination of all. If you or a loved one is experiencing symptoms, talk with a health care provider about getting a breathing test. Share this animation with others to spread the word.  Learn more, breathe better at https://COPD.nhlbi.nih.gov.

Social Media Resources  

At the links below, you will find suggested posts for Facebook and Twitter that you can customize. Be sure to tag @BreatheBetter on your Facebook posts and use the hashtag #COPDjourney on Twitter. Doing so allows us to find your posts, like, and share them.

Traditional Media Resources

Not using social media? To get your message out, you can announce National COPD Awareness Month in your internal and external publications; reach out to local media and encourage them to include stories on COPD; and encourage your local radio stations and news outlets to run public service announcements (PSAs).


Additional Resources

Learn More Breathe Better Program 

COPD Health Topic

COPD National Action Plan  

COPD Publications