IRELAND'S most famous Olympian, Dr Ronnie Delany, is taking up the baton to encourage people to exercise for the benefit of lung health.
The 78-year-old said that keeping active could contribute greatly to our well-being and was beneficial to the lungs.
"As an athlete, I have a great appreciation of the vital role of the lungs in sporting performance, therefore I am delighted to support this campaign to encourage people to look after their lung health," he said.
He is ambassador for the Irish Lung Health Alliance, which is launching a campaign this week to promote lung health in Ireland through prevention and early diagnosis.
A series of free public information lectures will be held, beginning in Dublin, Cork and Sligo tomorrow. The lectures, from 6.30pm-8pm, will be held in the Mansion House Dublin, the Clarion Hotel Cork and the Clarion Hotel Sligo.
It is estimated one in seven people in Ireland has an undiagnosed lung condition.
To book a place, register at www.lunghealth.ie. Tel: (01) 2835252.