October 2012

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

October e-news: Fall Updates

This month's issue includes:

Successful asthma project comes to a close

EnglewoodIn September, Respiratory Health Association completed its work on the Addressing Asthma in Englewood project, a six-year collaboration with University of Illinois School of Public Health to reduce asthma exacerbations in a community where asthma prevalence is among the highest in the city. Our community health educators worked with more than 550 children in Englewood and provided home education visits, in-clinic and community education sessions, provider education and community resources. As a result, we increased the use of life-saving quick-relief medication and reduced the number of emergency room visits and hospitalizations due to asthma.

Click here to learn more.

Register for Living Better Together

Living Beter TogetherRegistration is open for the annual Living Better Together COPD Conference on Tuesday, November 13. People living with COPD, their friends, family and caregivers are invited to enjoy speakers, breakout sessions and exhibits, each of which provide educational resources and tips for living well with COPD.

 Learn more and download the registration form on our website.

Protect your family from the flu

CDC recently released data showing that Illinois had one of the lowest flu vaccination rates in the country last year with only 37.3 percent of eligible persons receiving the vaccine. That means the majority of Illinoisans were left unprotected against a potentially serious illness. The flu is especially dangerous for people living with lung disease, and thus anyone who lives with them, cares for them or otherwise interacts with them needs to get vaccinated.

This year, make sure you and your loved ones are protected. The vaccine protects against H1N1, a H2N3-like virus and a 2010-like virus, and you can get it as a shot or nasal spray at your local pharmacy or from your healthcare provider.

Learn more and find a flu vaccination clinic near you on our website.

Congratulations to our Lung Power Team

Lung Power TeamOn Sunday, our Lung Power Team members ran in the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. The Lung Power Team is a group of competitive athletes who participate in the marathon and other races to raise funds and awareness for our lung disease research and programs. Join Lung Power Team for your next 5K, 10 miler or any race of your choice and support a great cause while reaching your goal. 

Support a runner or sign up for your next race here.

Get Involved: Hustle Up the Hancock

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Join us for the 16th annual Hustle Up the Hancock on Sunday, February 24! Choose to do the full climb of 94 floors or the CBS2 half climb of 52 floors to raise more than $1 million for Respiratory Health Association's local lung disease research and programs. There are three ways to register:

  • Corporate Climb registration is now open. Get a corporate team together before October 26 to reserve 10 climb spots and promote camaraderie and physical wellness in your workplace. For more information contact Grizelda.
  • Lung Health Champion registration will open on Monday, October 15. Each Lung Health Champion commits to raising $1,000 and receives special perks. Click here to learn more about being a Lung Health Champion.
  • General registration for teams or individual climbers for the full climb or half climbs opens on Thursday, November 1, at 8 a.m. CST. Last year, the full climb sold out in just over an hour - so register early! Learn more about registering on our website.