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One week to go until COPD Crowdshaped!

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With COPD Crowdshaped taking place in just one week from now, the excitement and activities are really gathering pace! Joining us and Novartis in San Francisco will be an eclectic mix of Crowdshapers representing industries, businesses and exciting disciplines from around the world.

The Crowdshapers know their challenge and we’re hearing how much they are looking forward to the opportunity to potentially make a difference to the lives of millions of people affected by COPD.

We’re so passionate about doing more for the COPD community and we look forward to seeing what the crowd comes up with and sharing these ideas with you.

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Categories: Advocacy Community Announcements Health Policy and COPD

"Physical Activity is for Everybody" - Join the Free Webinar

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On May 18, 2015 at 1 p.m. EDT, the National Center on Health, Physical Activity, and Disability (NCHPAD), Association of University Centers on Disability (AUCD), and Special Olympics will host a free webinar, "Physical Activity is for Everybody" to celebrate the one-year anniversary of CDC Vital Signs: Disability and Physical Activity — United States, 2009–2012.

The hour-long session will highlight national initiatives that promote the CDC's "Vital Signs" message: Physical activity is for everybody, and people with disabilities should be encouraged to be physically active. Speakers will include NCHPAD’s Amy Rauworth, Director of Policy Affairs, Lakeshore Foundation; Bob Lujano, Information Specialist at NCHPAD and first Paralympic ambassador for Laureus Sport for Good Foundation; Kyle Washburn, Special Olympics, Inc. Healthy Athletes Director; Kester Edwards, Coordinator for Special Olympics' Health and Research initiatives; and Beau Doherty, Special Olympics Connecticut CEO.

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Categories: Community Announcements

National Women's Health Week

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In honor of National Women's Health Week, we want to celebrate all of the women in our lives, and encourage them to assess their health.

The Department of Health and Human Services says, “We know that women are often the ones who make sure everyone – everyone else, that is – in our families are cared for. But too often, we put our own health last. But the reality is unless you take care of yourself, you cannot really take care of your family. That means eating right, exercising, quitting smoking, and getting the care necessary to stay healthy.”

COPD is the third leading cause of death in the U.S. More than 30 million Americans are living with the disease, and over half of these people don’t even know they have it. As people grow older, they mistake symptoms of COPD for regular signs of aging.

What are the symptoms? Increased breathlessness, frequent coughing (with and without sputum), wheezing, and tightness in your chest.

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Categories: Advocacy Community Announcements

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