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Help improve air quality this Breathe Easy Week

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Residents across West Sussex are being urged to do their bit to cut air pollution this week as part of a nationwide initiative to improve air quality.
The British Lung Foundation’s Breathe Easy Week begins today and coincides with this year’s Clean Air Day on Thursday, June 21.
This year’s Clean Air Day will help showcase some of the steps we can all take to protect ourselves and our families from air pollution and how we can improve the air we breathe.
As part of this, Deborah Urquhart, West Sussex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, has called on all residents to think of little things they can all do to help improve air quality.
Deborah said: “Air pollution is such an important issue for everyone. It will take all of us working together to meet the challenges facing us, and each of us can play a part in making the air we breathe cleaner.
“Road transport is a key source of pollution, so why not try an alternative way to travel on Clean Air Day? Whether that’s walking, cycling, or taking public transport, we can all take an action to make a difference. So please do get involved and try leaving your car at home.”
There are also benefits to your health from leaving the car behind, with health professionals advising that walking briskly for 10 minutes a day can make a huge difference to your health. It gets the heart pumping faster, can make you feel better, more energetic and improve your mood. Over time, this can help to lower the risk of serious illnesses like heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
To find out the facts about Air Pollution and information on this year’s Clean Air Day, including tips on reducing air pollution please visit www.cleanairday.org.uk
Air pollution impacts on people’s health especially those with heart or respiratory conditions such as asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Air pollution can cause short term (acute) and long term (chronic) health problems.
West Sussex County Council is committed to improving air quality in West Sussex. We work with the Sussex Air Partnership, which includes supporting the Sussex airAlert Service.
AirAlert is a service that sends you  alerts when air pollution levels in your area increase to moderate levels or above, with the option of receiving the alert by text, voice mail or e-mail.
It can help you manage your health and is particularly valuable for those with COPD, or those whose asthma is triggered by air pollution.
For more information, visit www.airalert.info/sussex