October 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:

Developments in Lung Health

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Diesel clean-up in Englewood community

Diesel pollutionRespiratory Health Association is pleased to announce that we and our clean air partners have successfully negotiated a deal to improve air quality and reduce diesel soot pollution in Englewood. The agreement reached with Norfolk Southern Railroad includes diesel pollution reductions, green spaces, sustainability initiatives and job training. Norfolk Southern will also install soot pollution controls on 12 pieces of diesel-powered equipment and 36 of their 38 trucks in the rail yard. Respiratory Health Association thanks the City of Chicago, our community partners, legal advocates and all of our supporters for standing up for clean air.

Read more about solutions to diesel pollution here.

New date set for 2014 Hustle Up the Hancock

HustleOur 2014 Hustle Up the Hancock event has been moved from its traditional February date to accommodate renovations to John Hancock Center and the John Hancock Observatory. The stair climb will be held on April 13, 2014. Registration for Lung Health Champions will begin, as usual, Tuesday, October 15, 2013. General registration will open as it typically does on Friday, November 1, at 8 a.m. Central Time. Last year the full climb sold out in two hours, so sign up quickly!

For more event information, click here.

Law requires daycare centers test for radon

DaycareStarting January 1, 2014, a new state law will require that all licensed daycare centers, licensed daycare homes and licensed group day homes be tested for radon at least once every three years. This will help protect caregivers and children from the potentially harmful gas, which is the second leading cause of lung cancer. Radon is an odorless, tasteless gas that is released by the decay of uranium, a naturally-occurring rock in our soil. It can seep through cracks in the foundation of buildings, and the only way to know if there are unsafe levels of radon is to test. Recently, Respiratory Health Association educated a group of daycare employees about radon and passed out 90 radon testing kits to help the centers create a safe environment for children and staff.

Learn more about radon on our website.

Protect yourself and others from the flu

Flu seasonAs warm weather lingers, flu season may be the last thing on your mind. But, it's important that anyone 6 months of age and older receive a flu vaccination to be protected against this contagious viral disease. Flu viruses can cause symptoms such as weakness and fatigue, and even pose the threat of hospitalization or death to nearly 300,000 people a year. Flu viruses are especially dangerous for people in high risk-groups, such as women who are pregnant or those with a chronic illness like respiratory disease. Everyone should get vaccinated to keep themselves and their loved ones healthy.

Schedule a flu clinic for your workplace or organization today.

Are you a member of the military or a federal employee?

Respiratory Health Association has been approved to be a participating charity in the Combined Federal (workforce giving) Campaign. If you are a federal employee, you can designate Respiratory Health Association as the charity of your choice during this year's campaign. Simply write in #83605 on your pledge form. Thank you for joining us in the fight against lung disease!

To learn more, contact Chris Byrne, development director, at 312-628-0213 or cbyrne@lungchicago.org.

Get Involved: Living Better Together COPD Conference

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Registration for the 2013 Living Better Together COPD Conference is now open. Each year, the event draws hundreds of people living with COPD, their caretakers and friends and family to enjoy speakers, breakout sessions and exhibits. The conference provides educational resources and tips for living well with COPD. This year, session topics include "What and How to Eat on a Bad Breathing Day," "Staying Positive with COPD" and "Let's Get Physical."

Learn more and download the registration form on our website.

Read previous issues of our e-newsletter here.