February e-newsletter

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:

Continuing lung health initiatives

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Our asthma work expands in Lake County

AsthmaHealthcare Foundation of Northern Lake County recently awarded Respiratory Health Association a grant to help us continue asthma programming in Lake County. Our work in Lake County is especially important because children in Lake County experience asthma at rates higher than the national average and in certain communities they experience worse outcomes indicative of poorly controlled asthma. Last year, we educated more than 150 children through Fight Asthma Now® and 250 adult caregivers in Asthma Management. We look forward to building on our successes and expanding our work in the area in the coming year.

Read about our asthma programs here.

Keep the World Cancer Day momentum going

World Cancer DayLast Tuesday, social media channels were flooded with purple images promoting World Cancer Day and brought attention to cancer myths and facts. To us, one of the most important facts is that lung cancer is the leading cancer killer in the United States. An estimated 160,000 people in the United States die each year from the disease.

That is why Respiratory Health Association supports local research for lung cancer treatments and raises awareness for tobacco and radon, leading causes of lung cancer. We can make an important difference in lung cancer's toll on our loved ones.

We will continue to raise awareness for lung health throughout February, which is National Cancer Prevention Month. Please visit our lung cancer page to learn about advocacy, research, radon detection and tobacco cessation programs that help us fight lung cancer. You can also tweet or share our Twitter and Facebook statuses. Or, donate in memory or in honor of a loved one affected by lung cancer.

Make a difference this month.

Chicago's diesel emission law helps improve air quality

DieselIn 2011, Chicago passed a Clean Diesel Construction Ordinance that banned unnecessary idling of diesel equipment and required the use of cleaner diesel fuel. On January 1, 2014, the final two pieces of the ordinance went into effect. Now, projects funded by the City of Chicago can no longer use trucks manufactured before 1998. Construction equipment made before 1996 can no longer be used unless retrofitted with exhaust soot filters. The city will continue to improve its diesel equipment so that by 2020, vehicles and construction equipment used on city projects will emit 90 percent less pollution than many engines operating today. We successfully co-led a coalition of more than 100 organizations that urged Chicago to adopt this ordinance to protect public health.

Read how you can help reduce air pollution. 

Welcome to our new board members

     Joanne         Jenny Ryan       Trace
      Joanne Nemerovski
        Jenny Ryan
      Vincent Schmeltz

Respiratory Health Association's Board of Directors recently elected three new members: Joanne Nemerovski, Jennifer Ryan and Vincent P. (Trace) Schmeltz. Joanne is Vice President at Prudential Rubloff Properties, Jennifer is owner of Rehab Education Formula and a physical therapist at Rush Medical Center, and Trace is a partner at Barnes & Thornburg LLP. All have a personal connection to our mission and for years have demonstrated their support of lung disease research and programs. Welcome aboard!

See a complete list of our directors. 

Support lung health with a getaway or date night

MauiLooking to beat the winter blues? Give yourself something to look forward to by bidding online on one of our great auction packages! We're offering travel destinations to Hawaii, Colorado or Puerto Rico, as well as a night out at the symphony and a family portrait package. All winning bids will support our lung disease research and programs.

Learn more and place your bid here.

Get Involved: State Lung Health Education Day

       Springfield       Springfield       Springfield 

On March 26, Respiratory Health Association is traveling to Springfield, Ill., with a group of volunteers to help educate our decision-makers on the importance of healthy lungs, tobacco control, clean air and other lung health concerns. Participants will be able to meet face-to-face with senators and representatives and speak to them about policies related to lung health including defending the smoke-free law, creating smoke-free campuses, promoting clean renewable energy and regulating e-cigarettes. The event includes transportation, training on how to share your story, materials to support your point of view, and lunch at the Governor's Mansion.

For more information and to register, click here.