December 2012

Respiratory Health Association's e-newsletter is published monthly and contains news of our happenings, program updates and links to lung health resources. This month's issue includes:

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Stay well this winter

Cold weather and illnesses can be especially troubling for people living with lung disease. If you have asthma, COPD, or another lung disease, keep a few simple tips in mind:
  • Keep your airways warm and moist. Cold, dry air can irritate the airways, so cover your nose and mouth with a scarf before going out in the cold. Consider using a humidifier at work or home.
  • Prevent the spread of colds. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, and use alcohol-based sanitizers when water is not available. If you're sick, stay home to avoid infecting others, and be sure to cough or sneeze into your elbow.
  • Stop flu before it starts. The best way to protect yourself from flu is to get your flu vaccine each year. Find a clinic near you on the City of Chicago's website, or contact us to host a clinic for your organization.

Help your clients quit smoking

Courage to quit logoHealth educators, community health workers, social workers, and other health professionals are invited to join us on Friday, January 25 for our Courage to Quit program leader training. Join us to learn how to lead group or one-on-one programs and help people quit smoking for good. Learn more and register on our Courage to Quit Program Leader page.

 Making a difference awards honor top supporters

Barbara Harrison PhotoEach year, we recognize some of our dedicated supporters with Making a Difference awards. Last week, we honored the 2012 award recipients at a special reception hosted by our board member and B96 host J Niice, and longtime supporter Aly Bockler from WCIU. Barbara Harrison (pictured) received an award for raising awareness of COPD. View the full list of awardees and photos on our Making a Difference Awards page.

Coats for a community in need

Coats for Community PhotoRespiratory Health Association has helped kids and families manage asthma in Englewood for the past six years through the Addressing Asthma In Englewood Project, a collaboration with University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health (funded by the Merck Childhood Asthma Network). This month, through continuing partnerships with The Pastors of Englewood and University of Illinois at Chicago, Respiratory Health Association staff held an office-wide coat drive to provide winter wear for families in the Englewood community. Our office collected coats for more than 40 children and adults, plus gloves, scarves and hats!

Get involved: Hustle Up the Hancock

Hustle Finisher PhotoKids with their Hustle medalsJoin us for the 16th annual Hustle Up the Hancock on February 24, 2013! Spaces remain in the CBS 2 half climb, and full climb spots are available for Lung Health Champions, who commit to raising $1,000. Learn more and register on Hustle Up the Hancock website.

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