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!


Attacking a New Initiative

The Attack Asthma Camp is being designed through a partnership with the Multicultural Leadership Program (MCLP).  MCLP is an intense professional program focusing on developing leaders for our communities from diverse backgrounds. The program provides a structure for learning and practicing leadership skills as the participants address vital community needs.

A team from MCLP, dubbed Team Awesome, has been tasked with developing the Attack Asthma Camp. Team Awesome comprised of members Karyl Carlson, Troy Clark, Beth Marsh, Raegan Rinchiuso and Anitha Suresh, and is excited to work with the Illinois Heart and Lung Foundation to design a resource for families in our community affected by childhood asthma.


Women’s Health Night Recap

Jackie warm up
Jackie and Interns

The 19th annual Women’s Health Night was huge success thanks to our wonderful vendors, attendees, the Wesleyan Shirk Center, and our keynote speaker, Gold-Medal Olympian, Jackie Joyner-Kersee.

The new Shirk Center location provided ample space for vendors and attendees to interact, parking for visitors and businesses, and room for a WERQ fitness demonstration.

We had numerous health vendors that discussed topics from proper running form, healthy eating and lifestyles, beauty and pampering, social services, heart and lung health, chiropractic care, hearing impairment, dental care, financial information, and the Town of Normal bike share program. These were only a few of the amazing local businesses and health organizations that made our event a success.

Jackie was kind enough to give an impromptu speech to the Wesleyan Track and Field team during the health exposition portion of the event. She spoke to the student athletes about giving your best to your academics and athletics by prioritizing your time and energy regardless of life’s unexpected circumstances.

Jackie then gave a touching speech about overcoming adversity in her own life to achieve her Olympic dreams in the heptathlon and long jump. After the speech, Jackie led approximately 50 people of all ages and athletic abilities in a warm-up for a fun run walk around the Shirk Center track.

Thank you to everyone who helped make the 19th annual Women’s Health Night a success.


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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Benefits of Quitting Smoking

  • Your skin will be healthier.
  • Your breath will be fresher.
  • Your teeth will be whiter and healthier.
  • Your clothes and hair will smell better.
  • Your sense of taste and smell will improve.
  • You will save money.