Woman Leaves Smoggy Los Angeles For New Mexico to Find Clean Air

Donna Barnett gets off the 405 Freeway, and away from air pollution that contributes to asthma, bronchitis, sinusitis,lung cancer and cardiovascular disease. Deaths from breathing sooty smog may be 30% higher for people living in Los Angeles County than the National Average, according to USC medical researchers. Nearly 5 million Californians have asthma at a cost of $1.3 billion for medical attention.

Los Angeles (PRWEB) October 12, 2006 – Join the adventure blog www.chasingcleanair.com to follow Donna Barnett, as she leaves smoggy Los Angeles to find clean air and a better place to live. See the pictures. Experience new places. Share your thoughts.

Ms. Barnett began chapter one in the Pacific Northwest, and continues into the enchantment of New Mexico where artist Georgia O’Keefe found her inspiration.

Santa Fe is a beautiful artists’ colony, rich in history and natural light, but it’s also rich in clean air. Rated one of the top places to breathe, according to the American Lung Association.

The American Lung Association of California says, “When you can’t breathe, nothing else matters.”

As a result of living in Los Angeles for seventeen years, Ms. Barnett developed periodic bronchitis, sinusitis, and was told that she may have mild asthma.

According to Ms. Barnett, “I saw black soot growing on my windowsill, black smog covering the city when I hiked, and I thought about my persistent cough during smoggy summers, and realized it was time to explore alternative places to live.”

In addition to sharing Ms. Barnett’s personal thoughts, photos, and research, www.chasingcleanair.com provides clean air/dirty air resources, interviews with clean air experts, links to sites that educate on air and lung health, action suggestions on what you can do, and information about top industrial polluters in areas like Los Angeles.

Current categories on www.chasingcleanair.com include:
Starting Over in Mid-Life
Breathing Easier – My Stories/Your Stories
Clean Air/Dirty Air Resource Information
Clean-air experts
Los Angeles
Santa Barbara
Pacific Northwest

Categories will expand as new areas are explored.

According to Rich Karlgaard, publisher of Forbes Magazine and author of Life 2.0: How People Across America Are Transforming Their Lives By Finding The Where Of Their Happiness, Ms. Barnett is part of a growing trend.

People and businesses are moving away from sprawling cities like Los Angeles to find a better quality of life. This trend can only be positive, especially for those remaining in Los Angeles, where palm trees sway, ocean waters swirl, and cars jam the 405 Freeway.

According to Ms. Barnett, “I’m frequently gridlocked at home due to clogged roads, and when I do drive in traffic, it’s difficult to arrive with a smile. I believe my quality of life will improve when I live in a less populated and cleaner area. So far, I’m in love with parts of Washington State, and I’m looking forward to exploring more of the West.”

Cozy up to your computer, let your fingers type:
www.chasingcleanair.com, and breathe into the alternatives.

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