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Archive: May 2015

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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Tags: crowshaped cure ideas innovation treatment
Categories: Advocacy Community Announcements Health Policy and COPD

COPD Crowdshaped: find out how you can get involved

Posted on May 19, 2015   |   
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COPD Crowdshaped The crowd is growing as the countdown to COPD Crowdshaped continues. We’ve got some great people attending! The group includes TED speakers, bestselling authors, innovation and technology gurus, artists, educators, CEOs and more. We’ll be challenging them to work together to see if they can come up with potential ideas and solutions that can make a difference to the lives of people affected by COPD.

Don’t forget that we would love your input; specifically in ‘testing’ the ideas that come out of Day one. You will need to be a member of COPD360social to get involved, so if you have not already joined our community, please create your profile today as we want to hear from you.

Keep an eye on the COPD Crowdshaped event page on June 2nd as we will be posting the ideas for you to feedback on. We’re looking forward to sharing these with you!

COPD Crowshaped: June 2 - 3, 2015

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Categories: Events

"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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Tags: activity endurance exercise health physical pulmonary rehab webinar
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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Tags: COPD Education health health National Week Women's
Categories: Advocacy Community Announcements

How Will You Celebrate Mother's Day?

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As Mother's Day approaches, one of the COPD Foundation's fearless fundraisers Jennifer Cowgill reflects on what the holiday means to her. Jennifer lost her mother, Marla, to COPD and recently published a cookbook commemorating her. Jennifer is a strong advocate for COPD awareness and education. The following blog post was written in Jennifer's words.

Mother's Day is that special day which celebrates the person who brought you into this world. It has always been important for me to honor and love my Mom every day, not just on the holiday.

I grew up with a Mom who gave a type of love that was self sacrificing. She always loved without expecting anything in return. Mom was in every way possible, the truest friend I ever had. Whenever life's trials became heavy or unexpected, she was always there for me. Mom always gave me warmth, comfort, reassurance, and memories. She was my anchor, my best friend, my biggest fan, and consistently supported my decisions in life. I didn't always appreciate my mother like I should have growing up because I took her for granted. It is funny how growing up can make you realize how important your mom is and how no one could ever love you quite like Mom.

Every Mother's Day I would ask her what she wanted and every Mother's Day she would respond, "Just make me something honey. A handmade gift from you is better than anything you could get at the store." As instructed, I gathered my crayons, construction paper, and anything else I could find that I could make her a gift. Once I had everything I thought I needed, I would go to work making a card. It was always hard to understand why she didn't want jewelry or something fancy. My mom loved whatever I made of course. She treasured everything so much she kept every single thing I ever made for her inside her nightstand beside her bed.

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Tags: community day mother's remembrance stories support
Categories: Personal Stories

The countdown for COPD Crowdshaped is on!

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We are really excited to announce that in four weeks’ time, the COPD Foundation and its event partner, Novartis Pharmaceuticals, will be hosting a unique, ground-breaking healthcare event in San Francisco on June 2-3, 2015. This event, COPD Crowdshaped, is being held to develop new and inventive solutions that go ‘beyond the medicine’ to enhance the lives of all people affected by COPD. During the two days, we will be welcoming the brightest minds from different disciplines and industries around the globe to collaborate on new ideas that try to make a meaningful and positive difference to the community.

We need you…!

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Tags: brainstorm COPD crowd help ideas innnovation shaped
Categories: Events

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