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Program Introduction and Self-Assessment

Virtual Pulmonary Rehabilitation | BREATHER Better, Stay STRONG


All journeys start with a single step.

Thank you for deciding to take this step with the Canadian Lung Association.

How to use this program

The BREATHE Better | Stay STRONG Virtual Pulmonary Rehabilitation program contains an Introduction module and eight learning modules. Each module is divided into five sections: Overview, Education, Exercise, Take Action and Feedback. Using this program properly is the key to your success.

Please read through the information below to learn how the modules are structured and what kind of information you'll find in each section. 

Each module begins with an Overview. The Overview introduces the topic and lists the goals that you will meet as you complete the module.

To the left of the overview is a sidebar menu that lists the other sections in the module. The sidebar menu appears on every page to make it easy for you to navigate through the module. 

The Education section of each module features important information about your lung health and overall wellness.

Some of the information is more general and applies to anyone taking part in this program, while other information is specific to your lung disease, whether you have COPD, asthma, bronchiectasis, cystic fibrosis, pulmonary fibrosis, sarcoidosis or other interstitial lung disease.

Having lung disease does not mean you can't stay active. In fact, staying active is an important part of living with chronic lung disease.

The Exercise section offers tools that will help you safely and gradually build your strength and endurance during the next eight-weeks. We have created a video exercise program, a deep breathing meditation and have included a home walking program to help you be and stay active.

Make sure to watch the Introduction to Exercise video that will help you stay safe while exercising with lung disease. 

The Take Action section is where you'll find helpful tools, links to other trusted websites and downloadable resources that you can print or save on your device. These resources offer more information on how to Take Action and manage your disease, your mood and your quality of life.

The Take Action Section in the Introduction includes self-assessments for health and well-being, self-management and exercise tolerance. Doing these now and again at the end of the program will help you see how far you've come in just eight weeks. 

The Feedback section gives you a chance to tell us what you think. Has the module been helpful to you? Do you have any suggestions on how to improve the module or program in general?

We'd love to hear from you.

Speak to a certified respiratory educator

Call our Health Information Line at 1-866-717-2673 to speak to a certified respiratory educator. You can also email