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Group shot of Prince Albert Learn to Run and Quit participants.

Spring 2014 Learn to Run and Quit participants

Saskatoon, September 4, 2014- The Lung Association of Saskatchewan and the Prince Albert Cooperative Health Centre are making great strides together in supporting your lung health.  The organizations have come together to help others quit smoking and become more physically active with their Learn to Run and Quit program.

The Prince Albert Learn to Run and Quit program begins on Monday, September 8 at 5:00pm and runs for eight consecutive weeks. This program is for people who smoke or have recently quit and who wish to become more physically active.  The group will meet with their trainers every Monday for education and training sessions. For two more days a week they follow the training program on their own. The cost of this program is $50.00; however, the first ten people to sign up are free. People will learn to walk or run 5 km, learn about nutrition, exercise, lung health and tips to quit smoking. Everyone who registers for the program will receive a training schedule, a running shirt, water bottle and resources from The Lung Association of Saskatchewan to help them quit smoking.

The program is led by Donna Turner and Valerie Borsos, two Respiratory Therapists and Certified Respiratory Educators from the Prince Albert Cooperative Health Centre who have a passion for fitness and lung health. "We are always trying to think about new methods to help people quit smoking.  We wanted to find a way to build confidence and give people yet another reason to quit smoking," says Turner.  The Respiratory Therapists have modelled their program after The Lung Association of Nova Scotia's Learn to Run program for people who smoke, which they saw advertised online and were inspired to start a similar program in Prince Albert.

"The rationale behind this type of program is based on studies that have found that exercise has been shown to decrease nicotine cravings and withdrawal symptoms in addition to helping prevent weight gain," says Jill Hubick, Health Promotions Coordinator with The Lung Association of Saskatchewan.

For those who live in Prince Albert and would like to join the Learn to Run and Quit program, contact Donna Turner at the Cooperative Health Centre at (306) 953-6259 or

For more information contact:

Donna Turner
Community Respiratory Care Program
(306) 953-6259


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