The purpose of this webpage is to assess your awareness of the Air Quality Health Index (AQHI), your preference in receiving the AQHI information, and your willingness to use the AQHI forecast. We would also like to understand whether the AQHI information will encourage you to make environmentally conscience lifestyle choices.
The Air Quality Health Index and Asthma Digital Stories
The feedback and input provided will help the Asthma Society of Canada (ASC) promote the AQHI to people with chronic respiratory diseases by incorporating the AQHI forecast in the existing ASC programs and services. This will ultimately promote better health outcomes by encouraging positive lifestyle choices based on current AQHI readings.
Please provide your feedback about the AQHI through our three interactive options:
The Air Quality Health Index (AQHI) is an online tool that helps those with asthma identify when the air quality is at a safe level to participate in outdoor activities. High AQHI readings (7-10) can cause increased asthma symptoms, such as coughing, wheezing, chest tightness and the need for increased inhaler use.
As a runner, you face a particular challenge. During exercise, you breathe deeper and faster, which leads to more air pollution entering your lungs. This can trigger asthma symptoms. Join Team Asthma to be a part of our community of people with asthma, or people with a connect to asthma who are leading healthy active lives. asthma.ca/teamasthma.
Plan your outdoor activities by checking the AQHI to minimize health risks - it's as easy as checking the weather! To check the AQHI visit airhealth.ca
AQHI Online Discussion Blog
Click on the following link to be directed to the online discussion blog. Please feel free to post your comments, concerns and/or feedback about the AQHI on this blog.
Please feel free to voice your comments about the AQHI through the audio blog by calling our toll free number at: 1-866-787-4050 followed by 8 to access the AQHI voice mailing system.
The AQHI helps to protect our health, and also serves as a reminder of the need to protect our environment.
Because cars, trucks and coal-fired power plants are major sources of air pollution, reducing energy use can reduce the number of high AQHI days.
The “20/20 The Way to Clean Air” Campaign is designed to help individuals reduce both home energy use and vehicle use by 20 per cent. To order a free 20/20 Planner with a step-by-step action plan to reduce your energy use call 1-866-583-2020 or visit www.cleanairpartnership.org/2020.