July 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:

A summer for lung health advances

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Protecting the health of Lake County residents

Brian Urbaszewski
calls for clean
energy projects
from NRG. 

We recently joined with other members of the Clean Power Lake County Coalition to call on NRG Energy, Inc. to establish a long-term plan and retirement date for the nearly 60-year-old Waukegan coal-fired power plant. Brian Urbaszewski, director of environmental health programs, spoke at the event, where the Coalition members sent off more than 2,500 petitions to the power company asking that it invest in clean energy projects in the community. NRG, a New Jersey-based power producer, acquired the Waukegan coal plant more than three months ago from the bankrupt Midwest Generation and Edison Mission Energy.

Cleaner alternatives are especially important to protect local residents' lung health. Asthma rates among children in Waukegan are incredibly high, around 32 percent compared to the national average of 10 percent. The best health outcome for Waukegan and Lake County residents would be a reasonable long-term phase out date for the coal plant and a commitment to invest in clean energy projects.

Help us advocate for more lung health issues.

Celebrating a year's worth of successes

Top 10 SuccessesRecently, Respiratory Health Association released its "Top 10 Successes" for fiscal year 2014, ending June 30. The document highlights the success of our Fight Asthma Now® and Asthma Management education programs, which reached nearly 3,000 people last year. Our advocacy efforts also helped make it possible to ban menthol cigarette sales near schools and add some regulations to e-cigarettes, among other accomplishments. We thank our board of directors, our partners and community members who helped make these successes possible. We appreciate your continued support.

Click here to read our Top 10 Successes.


People living with COPD cruise Lake Michigan

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In June, we held our annual Cruising with COPD event aboard the Spirit of Chicago and Odyssey ships. More than 500 people living with COPD, their pulmonary rehabilitation leaders and caregivers joined us for a boat cruise on Lake Michigan. The primary message to our guests: with proper planning and good COPD management, you can do just about anything while living with COPD. Special thanks to our guest emcee Derrick Young, CBS 2 traffic reporter, to Health Care Solutions Group, Inc., for providing supplemental oxygen to our guests, and to all of the pulmonary rehabilitation group leaders who joined us on this year's cruise.

View photos from Cruising with COPD.

Get Involved: CowaLUNGa Bike Tour

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There's still time to register for CowaLUNGa Bike Tour, held on August 2, 3 and 4. The ride starts in Gurnee, Ill., and participants can choose between the 18 mile, 1 day, 2 day or 3 day options. Sign up for the tour between 7/9 -7/13 and you'll be entered into a drawing to win two passes to the the Pitchfork Music Festival at Union Park. (Tickets are valid for Saturday, July 19, show only.)

Sign up for CowaLUNGa today.

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