We all know that good health is more than just the lack of disease. Even so, many of us only try to “get well” when we are feeling sick or when we think something is wrong. Then we seek the help of a doctor or a therapist. We hope that they give us good health. In truth, our health depends on many things. These include the physical traits we are born with, the risk factors we are exposed to and the choices we make in our daily lives.

Choosing good health means more than finding good health care providers. Many would say our daily habits have a greater impact on our health than the medical care we get from time to time. Progress in medicine has created amazing improvements in how diseases are diagnosed and treated. But we also know that the small positive steps we put into our daily lives can greatly affect our health.

This guide is here to provide you information and access to resources to help you learn to LIVE with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD for short). COPD affects approximately 24 million Americans and about 210 million people worldwide . . . so you’re not alone. Here we offer you a place with all the information you need about talking to your doctor, making sense of the medications, ideas for healthy eating and living, and much more.

Last update: September 10, 2014