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Take 237,000 steps to support asthma
West Australians are being urged to walk 237,000 steps in the month of October to support a new initiative by Asthma WA.
Getting laced up and ready for the Wheezy Walk.
Australia has one of the highest rates of asthma in the world and while there are so many people in our community living with the condition, there is still so much that is misunderstood.
Asthma WA's Wheezy Walk shines a light on asthma and the impact it has on the lives of many children and adults in Western Australia.
Through greater understanding and support, people with asthma can avoid hospital, live well and take back control of their breathing.
Asthma WA's Wheezy Walk, for young and old.
The 237,000 steps represent the 237,000 people in WA who have asthma and Asthma WA CEO Donna Rendell says that people joining Asthma WA's Wheezy Walk will be making a life-saving difference to West Australians with asthma.
The organisation has been working for more than 55 years to help the community better understand and manage asthma.
Asthma WA provides children, adults and families with personalised education and support so they can live well with confidence; and through Telehealth ensure people and communities in WA's most remote regions have access to the support they need.
The Wheezy Walk aims to heighten awareness and raise funds for Asthma WA.
Asthma is a lung condition that affects a person's airways and their ability to breathe where airways become narrower, making it harder for oxygen to reach the lungs.
Almost 80 per cent of hospitalisations could be avoided with appropriate education, and while there is no cure for asthma, it is possible to live well with asthma with greater awareness and support.
The Wheezy Walk starts on Friday, October 1 and participants will measure their steps over four weeks until Friday, October 29.
Asthma WA's helpline can provide information on all aspects of asthma.
The target equates to an average of just over 8000 steps a day with Asthma WA aiming to raise $50,000 and is open to individuals and teams who can set their own goals.
People can use their smartphones and watches and download apps to count the number of steps made every day.