UH Samaritan Offers Activities for COPD Patients

University Hospitals Samaritan Medical Center’s Cardiopulmonary Services (CPS) now offers a weekly walking program and monthly support group for COPD patients.

Anyone with COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is welcome to participate. The walking group meets at Freer Field at 10 a.m. every Tuesday and Thursday, June through October, weather permitting. 

The COPD Coffee Club meets the second Tuesday of every month at 1 p.m. at UH Samaritan on Main, 663 East Main Street. The COPD Coffee Club is a joint venture with Kingston of Ashland.

The goal of the walking program, known as S.H.O.W., or Samaritan Hospital Orange Walkers, is to encourage COPD patients to exercise. Walking alongside a registered respiratory therapist, COPD patients will be given a pedometer to track their personal goals, while heart rate and oxygen levels are monitored. Walkers should bring their own water, rescue inhaler, and portable oxygen if prescribed with activity.

At the monthly support group meetings, COPD patients will gather to hear guest speakers present on educational topics specific to those living with COPD. Coffee, water and light refreshments will be served.

For more information on the walking program or the support group, please call 419-207-2303. Registration is not required for either of these program.

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