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- Health Run and Walk 2017 -
Clean Air for Healthy Living

The Health Run and Walk 2017 organized by the Sri Lanka Medical Association will be held on the 4th of June at the BMICH. The event commencing at 6.30am with the participation of HE the President, Hon. Minister of Health Dr. Rajitha Senaratne and government officials along with the doctors and general public will be to promote “Clean Air and create awareness of neglected Non-communicable Diseases (NCD’s)”

JLanka the pioneers of the Solar Power Industry with a mission towards a greener future will be co-sponsoring the event which will also be commemorating Anti-tobacco Day and World Asthma Day coupled with World Environment Day.

The event will consist of Interactive sessions with specialized doctors, nutritionists, officials of sports ministry, Yoga and Zumba sessions. All participants will be given free T-shirts, healthy snacks, health checks and attractive gifts for winners, educational stalls and many more!

What is Air pollution?

Air pollution refers to the release of pollutants into the air that are detrimental to human health and the planet as a whole. Due to this nearly 220 million children of South Asia breathe toxic air in the most polluted regions in the world.

Interesting facts on Air pollution

  • Sri lanka excludes from the Environmental Performance Index.
  • Experts attribute Sri Lanka’s low air pollution to the stringent vehicle emission testing program the island nation initiated in 2008 resulting in a higher quality of air compared to its neighbors.
  • The World Health Organisation (WHO), named India, China, Pakistan and Bangladesh as having cities where the air is so toxic, it kills.

Types of Air pollutions

Particulate matter (PMs). The most dangerous tiny particles of air pollution worsen heart and lung disease.

Nitrogen dioxide (NO2). High levels of NO2 can cause a flare-up of asthma or symptoms such as coughing and difficulty breathing.

Ground level ozone (O3). Ground level ozone can irritates the eyes, nose and throat.

Problems related to Air Pollution and preventions

The Health Run and walk is a wakeup call for every individual to make themselves aware of the risks we take every single day. Air Pollution can kill any human young or old, so let’s educate ourselves

Who are mostly at risk - People with lung diseases, infants, people with asthma or who spend a lot of time outdoors, older adults and activity people of all ages who exercise or work hard.

What can we do?

  • Reduce the amount of time outside when you feel pollution is high.
  • Plan outdoor activities when ozone levels are lower, usually in the morning and evening.
  • Exercise away from roads and highways.
  • Do easier outdoor activities such as walking instead of running.

Worst cities in the world with Air Quality

  1. Linfen, China
  2. Norilsk, Russia
  3. Pittsburg, Pensnsylvania
  4. Mexico City, Mexico
  5. Windsor, Canada
  6. Milan, Italy
  7. La Oroya, Peru
  8. Pernik, Bulgaria
  9. Cairo, Egypt
  10. New Delhi, India

Interesting facts – The World Health Organization estimates that urban air pollution kills 1.2 million people every year

Indoor air pollution

Indoor air pollution can be particularly hazardous to health as it is released in close proximity to people. It is stated that a pollutant released indoors is many times more likely to reach the lung than that released outdoors. So let’s educate ourselves of the symptoms of poor air quality;

Improve indoor Air Quality with these easy steps


Dust your home regularly to prevent build up of allergen and other pollutants

Change Filters

Replace filters regularly

Wash and vacuum

Wash bedding and vacume carpets and furniture weekely to reduce dust build up


Remove air pollution by using ventilation fans in the kitchen and bathroom

Reduce Humidity

Maintain humidity at 30%-50%

Open Windows

To increase fresh air in your home open your windows

Interested to learn more?

Want to stay healthy and find out more on how to have a clean enviorenment? Head down to BMICH on the 4th of June to SLMA campaign on “Clean Air and create awareness of neglected Non-communicable Diseases (NCD’s)”

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