January 2012

January is National Radon Action Month

Respiratory Health Association of Metropolitan Chicago'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:

To receive our monthly e-newsletter, send an email to info@lungchicago.org.

Test your home for radon

radonJanuary is National Radon Action Month, a time to raise awareness about the second leading cause of lun g cancer in the United States. Invisible, odorless and tasteless, radon gas is released from soil and can seep into homes. You can get involved by testing your home, participating in a youth poster contest or coming to a radon awareness event at the Humboldt Park Fieldhouse on January 18.

Learn more about radon.

2012 is the year to quit!

CourageAs many people make New Year's resolutions to quit smoking, we've got free resources to help people meet their goals. We're hosting a free session of our Courage to Quit smoking cessation program. The class will meet over seven weeks starting tonight, January 10, at 4:30 at our offices. Call Victoria at (312) 628-0219 to register now!

Get more free quit smoking resources.

New study to examine gender differences in asthma

Through our partnership with The CHEST Foundation, we co-fund a clinical research award in women's lung health. The 2012 award recipient is Danit Ariel, MD, a fellow at Stanford University, who is researching gender differences and insulin resistance in asthma. Dr. Ariel hopes to find connections between asthma and people who are not diabetic but show resistance to insulin, which may lead to better treatments and management strategies for people with asthma.

Indiana partners collaborate to address COPD

In December, the Indiana partners of our Midwest COPD Network met to discuss strategies to address COPD in the state. More than 24 partners shared best practices to decrease readmission rates, improve tobacco and Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency education and raise awareness for the disease.

Learn more about the Midwest COPD Network.

Get Involved: Advocacy Days

Join us to advocate for clean air, healthy lungs, and people living with diseases such as asthma, COPD and lung cancer! We provide training on how to talk with legislators, guidance on key lung-health issues and informational materials to help you support our cause.

State Advocacy Day
April 18, 2012
Springfield, Ill.

United for Lung Health Advocacy Days
June 13 & 14, 2012
Washington, D.C.

Learn more and register.