March 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:

Improving health in the city and beyond

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RHA receives Healthy Chicago Award

Healthy Chicago 
Matt Maloney and
Joel Africk with
the Healthy Chicago

Last week, Chicago Department of Public Health presented Respiratory Health Association with a 2014 Healthy Chicago Award. The awards were given to 15 community partners to recognize their contributions in advancing the city's five-year strategic public health plan, Healthy Chicago. We were recognized for our continuing work in tobacco control and prevention, including increasing the price of cigarettes, which is proven to decrease the smoking rate, keeping e-cigarettes out of the hands of youth and restricting the sale of menthol products within 500 feet of schools. We look forward to continuing to partner with the city to reach its goal of being the healthiest in the nation.

Read more about Healthy Chicago.

Health care professionals observe World TB Day

World TB DayOn March 24, more than 60 health care professionals will come together at Respiratory Health Association's offices to recognize World TB Day. TB is very close to our hearts; our association was founded as Chicago Tuberculosis Institute in 1906. A lot has changed since then, but there is still work to be done to bring awareness to prevention and treatments of TB. In 2012, an estimated 9 million people in the world were affected by TB. It was the cause of death for 1.3 million people. We address this during World TB Day, when we will also discuss and support local and worldwide TB control efforts. 

To join us on World TB Day, click here.

Waukegan Mayor congratulates FAN students

 Waukegan Mayor at FAN
Our Lake County
asthma educator
welcomes Waukegan
Mayor and Alderman
to the class.

Recently, students in Respiratory Health Association's Fight Asthma Now© class in North Elementary School in Waukegan got a special surprise. Waukegan Mayor Wayne Motley and 9th Ward Alderman Rafael Rivera paid a visit to the more than 30 FAN students in third, fourth and fifth grade. The men congratulated the students on their participation in the program, which teaches the importance of correct asthma medication use, asthma action plans and reducing asthma triggers.

Throughout the country, asthma is the number one cause of hospitalizations among children and the leading cause of school absenteeism. In Lake County, as well as across the nation, parents report that their children experience continuous symptoms of asthma. This is a sign that asthma is poorly controlled, and that more students and parents need education on asthma management skills.

Bring our asthma programs to your community.

Get Involved: Lung Power Team

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Ensure your spot in the Bank of America Chicago Marathon! Skip the new lottery system by joining Respiratory Health Association's Lung Power Team. Lung Power Team is the fundraising leg of Respiratory Health Association's endurance sport program. The team raises awareness and funds for lung disease research and education, and members receive free training through the Chicago Area Runners Association, monthly team fun runs, a team racing singlet and much more.

Lung Power Team spots are limited; sign up today