February 2013

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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Adressing asthma in Lake County

asthmaRespiratory Health Association was recently awarded a $75,000 grant from the Healthcare Foundation of Northern Lake County to help families of children with asthma in the county. Children in parts of Lake County experience asthma at rates higher than the national average. Our staff will use our Asthma Management and Fight Asthma Now® classes to provide education and resources to students with asthma, their parents, teachers and other caregivers. Learn more about our asthma programs.

Welcome to our new board members

Respiratory Health Association's Board of Directors recently elected three new members: Dr. Michael B. Foggs, Monique Howard and Clint Whybark. Dr. Foggs is the chief of allergy and immunology at Advocate Medical Group, Monique is a long-time supporter and advocate of the association, and Clint is vice president of System Operations at AGL Resources. Each has a personal connection to our mission and we are grateful for their commitment to our association! See a complete list of our directors.

Couple to climb in memory of mom

When Matt and Diane Knoepke participate in their fourth Hustle Up the Hancock on February 24, it will be their most emotional climb yet. Since 2010, they've climbed John Hancock Center in honor of Matt's mom, Carol Knoepke, who had interstitial lung disease. This is the first year Carol won't be cheering on their team, "Carol's Climbers." She passed away from the disease in March of 2012. Read their full story.

Talk to your kids about tobacco

Did you know nearly 90 percent of all adult smokers started smoking before age 18? The average age for a new smoker today is 13! If you want to make sure your kids stay tobacco-free, the first step is talking to them about it. Studies show kids are less likely to smoke if they know their parents disapprove of it.
Learn how to start the conversation.

Get Involved: Skyline Plunge! Chicago

Ready for our next adventure? Register today for Skyline Plunge! Chicago on May 5! See Chicago from a whole new perspective as you rappel 27 stories down theWit Hotel at State and Lake Streets to help raise more than $85,000 for local lung disease research and programs. Learn more and register for Skyline Plunge! Chicago.

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