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Pulmonary Fitness Program

Pulmonary Fitness Program

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Breathe easy with cmc's pulmonary fitness program        

Short of breath?

If you have difficulty breathing while performing daily tasks due to Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) or another chronic pulmonary disease, CMC's Pulmonary Fitness Program can help!

program highlights

You will be provided resources to better manage your chronic illness, including:

  • Build and be able to use your own respiratory 'tool box'
  • Learn how to use a personalized action plan
  • Be educated on proper medication delivery and compliance
  • Receive information from multidisciplinary experts for healthier living and symptom management

why pulmonary fitness?

Chronic breathing problems can turn routine, simple tasks into a struggle. Pulmonary fitness focuses on building strength and endurance. CMC’s Pulmonary Fitness team will work with you, setting realistic goals for performing everyday tasks and activities with less impairment.
You'll meet and learn from others who are facing similar challenges in a safe, comfortable environment.

What to expect

Both a respiratory therapist and an exercise physiologist help you manage chronic pulmonary conditions through education and individualized exercise plans. The Program’s Medical Director is a board-certified pulmonologist who oversees the implementation of your care plan and progress through the program.

CMC’s eight week Pulmonary Fitness Program consists of:

  • Two, 2-hour, medically-monitored, small group exercise sessions per week
  • Classroom education for self management of pulmonary conditions
    • Topics include: disease and stress management, symptom control, proper medication use, optimal nutrition, energy conservation strategies and palliative care.

Pulmonary fitness education videos

These patient education videos are designed to assist you with your pulmonary care. Click the links below to watch the videos:

For more information, contact CMC's Pulmonary Fitness Program at:


Phil's Success Story

Catching His Breath

Phil Jacobs, a 94-year-old pulmonary fibrosis patient, has doubled his walking distance in just two months with the help of the respiratory therapists at CMC's Pulmonary Fitness Program.

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