July 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:

July E-news: Celebrating Our Successes

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Respiratory Health Association celebrates top successes

Top 10 SuccessesLast week, Respiratory Health Association released its "Top 10 Successes" for July 2012 through June 2013. The document highlighted recent developments in our Fight Asthma Now© education program, our Asthma-Friendly Childcare Project and our advocacy efforts to create more smoke-free college campuses, among other accomplishments. We thank our board of directors, our donors and other supporters who made these successes possible - we could not have done it without you!

Read our Top 10 Successes here!

Keeping an eye on climate change

Dr. Wuebbles

As part of our ongoing commitment to issues that affect lung health, Respiratory Health Association is evaluating the impact of climate change on those living with lung cancer, COPD, asthma and other lung and respiratory illnesses. Recently, we hosted a climate change meeting featuring Dr. Don Wuebbles, the Harry E. Preble Professor of Atmospheric Science at the University of Illinois. Dr. Wuebbles is one of the world's foremost experts on climate change and atmosphere, and we are honored to be working with him.

Learn more about environmental issues on our air quality page.

More than 500 people enjoy Cruising with COPD

Cruise attendees
enjoyed beautiful views of the Chicago skyline.

Respiratory Health Association hosted its 10th annual Cruising with COPD event on June 25. More than 500 people living with COPD, their guests and pulmonary rehabilitation staff joined us aboard the Spirit of Chicago and the Odyssey for a Lake Michigan cruise off Navy Pier. The event drew attendees from 25 pulmonary rehabilitation groups across Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana, who enjoyed an afternoon of lunch, dancing, raffles and other entertainment. The overriding message for the participants was that people with COPD can lead full, productive, social and happy lives. CBS 2 Chicago traffic reporter Derrick Young served as our celebrity emcee.

View photos from the cruise by clicking here

University of Illinois at Chicago goes tobacco-free

UICOn July 1, the University of Illinois at Chicago officially became a tobacco-free campus. This means that all tobacco products, including cigarettes, pipes, chew and e-cigarettes, are prohibited on campus grounds. Respiratory Health Association is proud to be a leader in advocating for smoke- and tobacco-free college campuses.

Learn more about our tobacco control initiatives.

Get Involved: Skyline Plunge! Chicago

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Take part in Chicago's only urban rappel adventure! At Skyline Plunge! Chicago, participants rappel 27 stories down theWit Hotel to raise funds and awareness for Respiratory Health Association's lung disease research and programs. Join us on September 8 to see the city from a whole new perspective.

To register, visit Skyline Plunge! Chicago.