The Illinois Heart & Lung Foundation’s Breath of Fresh Air Program strives to increase awareness of pulmonary issues and improve the lung health of everyone in the community. “Breath of Fresh Air” is our newest initiative… watch for things to come!


Women’s Health Night, not Just for Women

Jackie Joyner-Kersee
Jackie Joyner-Kersee

This year marks the Illinois Heart & Lung Foundation’s 19th annual Women’s Health Night event. This year’s event will be held on Tuesday, April 25th from 3:00-7:00 p.m. at the Wesleyan Shirk Center.

While the event was originally created to help women learn about their unique health issues, it has evolved into a health fair that can benefit the entire family.

This year our keynote speaker is Jackie Joyner-Kersee, a Gold Medal Olympic athlete who overcame the diagnosis of asthma, and the loss of her mother, at 18 to achieve her Olympic dream. Jackie will speak about overcoming adversity to find your success in life.

Women’s Health Night also has numerous vendors from the community that serve women, men, and the entire family. From local a local pharmacy, chiropractors, running information, lung and heart health information, both community hospitals, and host of other health information, there is something for everyone. Our local YWCA provides childcare, so families can attend the event together. For a full list of the businesses attending this year, click here.

Free health screenings provided by Advocate BroMenn Medical Center and OSF St. Joseph Medical Center allow attendees to check in on their health while collecting valuable health information.

This year, the event will be held at the Wesleyan Shirk Center, which provides ample space, parking, and a track for a Fun Run/Walk with a warm up led by Jackie Joyner-Kersee following they keynote speech at 6:00p.m.

For more information, please contact Sarah Gliege at [email protected]

We look forward to seeing you for an evening of heath inspiration, community information, and fun!


E-cigs hurt teens’ lungs even a month after use — study


Teens are getting burned by e-cigarettes even after they stop using them.

Adolescents who currently vape are twice as likely to suffer respiratory symptoms like persistent cough, bronchitis, congestion and phlegm as those who have never used e-cigs, according to a study published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care this week.

But researchers at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California were even more alarmed to find that past users, who smoked an e-cig more than 30 days earlier, showed an 85% greater risk of these symptoms over teens who never tried vaping.

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EXCLUSIVE: E-cigs craze sparks smoking surge in New York high schools


They’re smokin’ in the boy’s room again, only now, they’re puffing electronic cigarettes.

A new state Health Department survey reveals the percentage of high school students who used e-cigs has nearly doubled, from 10.5% in 2014 to 20.6% in 2016, the Daily News has learned.

Officials noted the surge in battery-operated smokes comes as the traditional smoking rate among high school students fell to a record low 4.3% in 2016 — down from 7.3% in 2014 and 27.1% in 2000.

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Benefits of Quitting Smoking

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