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Step over the edge 278 feet above State and Lake Streets! Adventurous participants rappel the signature lightning bolt of theWit Hotel to raise funds and awareness for lung disease research, advocacy and education. This year we are celebrating 10 years of Smoke-free Chicago with local restaurateurs. Join us for this year's celebration and PLUNGe May 22.
Announcing The Kathleen Hart Solovy and Jerold S. Solovy Endowment for COPD. This endowment was established by Mrs. Solovy in memory of her husband. To commemorate this endowment gift, RHA will recognize an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to COPD in Illinois through research, education or advocacy. To learn more, click here. Photo courtesy of Marc Harris.
Begin your May in celebration! Join RHA this first week of May as we commemorate the 10th annual Air Quality Awareness Week. Air quality affects your health and the way you live your life. Exposure to air pollution can aggravate your airways. Become your local air quality expert by receiving daily air quality forecasts and suggested safety measures when you sign up for Illinois EnviroFlash. Sign up here.
The Illinois Senate Public Health Committee passed Senate Bill 3011 which will raise the purchase age of tobacco products to 21. The legislation will likely be called for a vote by the full Senate within the next two weeks. Young adulthood is a critical age for smoking initiation with 95% of smokers starting before age 21. We can limit youth access to tobacco by raising the age to purchase tobacco to 21. To lean more, click here.
Thinking about running with us in 2016? You can run a race of your choice or join us for the next Bank of America Chicago Marathon all while helping to raise funds and awareness for lung disease! Multiple team benefits are included upon registration. No matter what running event you choose, you can make a difference! For more information click here.
Chicago celebrated 10 years of progress in January as we marked the anniversary of one of our city’s greatest public health victories—Smoke-free Chicago. Since the City of Chicago’s Smoke-free Ordinance went into effect on January 16, 2006, other smoke-free laws followed, eventually covering the entire State of Illinois. To read our retrospective on the Smoke-free Chicago movement click here.
Throughout May, help RHA bring asthma awareness to your schools. More than 6 million children in the US have asthma and it remains the leading cause of school absenteeism. RHA works to provide school-based asthma education interventions to help children, school staff, and parents better understand asthma and how to manage it with trigger avoidance and proper medication technique. To bring these programs to your school community, click here.
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