September 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:

Lung health news: Enterovirus D68 and more

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Rise in severe respiratory illness in children in Illinois

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), hospitals in Missouri and Illinois are seeing more children than usual with severe respiratory illness caused by non-polio enterovirus D68. The CDC is watching this situation closely. Help protect yourself and others from enterovirus infections by:
• Washing your hands often with soap and water,
• Avoiding close contact with people who are sick,
• Cleaning and disinfecting contaminated objects and surfaces

Learn more about enterovirus on the CDC website and from this fact sheet.

Chicago's parks are smoke-free!

Respiratory Health Association would like to thank the Chicago Park District for adopting a 100% smoke-free parks policy this week. This policy will improve the local environment, help promote healthy lifestyles, save on maintenance costs and keep parks safe and fun for Chicago's children. Respiratory Health Association was proud to lead the effort seeking this important policy change.

To thank the Park District for adopting its new policy, please click here.

Good Morning America takes the Skyline Plunge

Since 2009, Respiratory Health Association's Skyline Plunge! Chicago urban rappel adventure has attracted approximately 600 rappellers and raised almost $1 million to support lung disease research and programs. Last weekend marked our ninth Plunge event and we were joined by Danni Allen, winner of NBC's The Biggest Loser, and Good Morning America's Chief Meteorologist Ginger Zee, who participated in a live remote from our event in Chicago.

Watch Ginger's rappel, support a rappeller or sign up for the May Plunge.

CVS Health supports Courage to Quit®

Respiratory Health Association and CVS Health (who recently made its retail stores 100% tobacco-free!) are working to increase access to smoking cessation opportunities across Chicago's health centers and hospitals. We will host a FREE Courage To Quit Leader Training for health center and hospital staff on October 10th.

Click here for more information and to register.

Get Involved: Living Better Together COPD Conference

The next Living Better Together with COPD Conference is November 18, 2014 and registration will open soon. Each year, the event draws hundreds of people living with COPD and their loved ones to enjoy speakers, educational sessions and exhibits that offer resources and tips for living well with COPD.

Learn more and download the registration form soon on our website.