Observed annually on Oct. 2, the international day raises awareness about the importance of airway health.

Indian actress Riya Sen wants people in her homeland and around the world to know that improper breathing can adversely impact their daily lives. An advocate for various worthy causes throughout her career, Sen has now recorded a public service video encouraging people to join Global Airway Health Day on Oct. 2.

The annual international day raises awareness about the breathing and other conditions reportedly suffered by millions of people around the world which can both affect everyday activities and long-term health.

“I’m here to tell you that improper breathing can cause a decrease (in) your performance and the quality of your sleep, which is very dangerous,” says the Bollywood actress. She then invites people to join Global Airway Health Day.

Improper breathing and sleep conditions are linked to a myriad of ills, according to Dr. Howard Hindin, Foundation for Airway Health chairman. “We’re talking grinding teeth, speech problems, acid reflux, asthma, chronic head and neck pain, attention deficit disorders, dyslexia, anxiety, depression, learning problems, memory loss and daytime fatigue,” he says. He added that cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity have also been linked to airway disorders.

Dr. Howard Hindin,
FAH founder

“It is a privilege for our foundation to have Ms. Sen among the world stars helping raise awareness about airway health,” says Sal Rodas, foundation executive director. “So many people don’t even know they suffer from airway conditions. That is why Riya’s participation is so important. Our hope is that Riya will motivate people to learn more and ask why proper breathing, proper sleeping and good oral health are so important in our lie.”

Sen is among a growing list of American and international celebrities backing Global Airway Health Day with public service videos. Other supporters are smooth jazz master Kenny G, wrestler-turned-actor Randy Couture of the action film The Expendables and K-pop star Jang Han-byul.

Sal Rodas
Sal Rodas
FAH executive director

Sen is a model-turned-actress of Indian royal background who has been featured in Hindi, Bengali and Tamil films. A descendant of the royal family of Tripura, she started acting in the early 1990s when she was a child. She’s best known for the box office hits Style, the musical film Jhankaar Beats and the horror flick Ananthabhadram.

It was modeling that opened up the doors of the entertainment industry to Sen, performing in the music video for Falguni Pathak’s song “Yaad Piya Ki Aane Lagi” at age seventeen. Many other music videos, TV commercials and fashion shows would follow. She has also graced many magazine covers.

Public health is a cause dear to her heart. She has supported educational campaigns about AIDS and helped raise funds for pediatric eye care and underprivileged children during the coronavirus pandemic.

Sen is considered among the most talented and attractive Indian stars. She was ranked ninth on magazine Femina’s list of the 50 Most Beautiful Women in 2007. She has also served as a judge of the Mr. India contest.

Effective breathing is a central theme of Global Airway Health Day on Oct. 2, 2021. Get your free tickets today at GlobalO2Day.org.