COPD: Lifestyle Management Make an Appointment Refer a Patient Ask a Question Reviewed by Barry J. Make, MD, Irina Petrache, MD (September 01, 2016) A healthy lifestyle is important for everyone, but is especially important for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). In this section, learn about different areas of your life where you can make changes and develop healthy habits to live a more active life with COPD. Topics include: Breathing Retraining Avoiding Infections Techniques to Bring Up Mucus Nutrition Exercises Giving Up Smoking Managing Your Environment COPD: Treatment COPD: Life Skills Tutorial Clinical Trials For more than 100 years, National Jewish Health has been committed to finding new treatments and cures for diseases. Search our clinical trials.