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Healthcare Providers and Patients to Gather for Latest on Lung Health, Inspiring Speakers and More at LUNG FORCE Expo

Wisconsin’s second Expo will be held Wednesday, April 6 at Sheraton Milwaukee Brookfield Hotel

(March 23, 2016) - Brookfield, WI

It’s a fact, more than 33 million Americans suffer from chronic lung disease. That’s why the American Lung Association in Wisconsin is proud to host the 2016 LUNG FORCE Expo. Lung disease patients and healthcare professionals will gather for the event on Wednesday, April 6 at the Sheraton Milwaukee Brookfield Hotel (375 S. Moorland Rd., Brookfield, WI 53005) to watch speakers from a variety of fields present the latest medical based research on lung disease.

Bede Potter has been helping plan the Expo, and encourages peers in her pulmonary rehabilitation group to attend. Potter has pulmonary fibrosis, which makes it difficult to breathe due to scarring in the lungs. Pulmonary rehab has assisted her so much that she helped arrange a session for fellow patients at the Expo.

“Pulmonary rehabilitation is wonderful,” Potter explains. “It helps to make exercise a regular part of your day, and to keep your lungs open to allow as much air as possible to inhale and exhale.” Her program includes educational components that cover triggers, controlled breathing, nutrition and more.

“Educational events like the LUNG FORCE Expo make more folks aware of options and resources that they have in their community,” she said.

In addition to pulmonary rehab, patients can attend the Expo to learn about: team work with their healthcare providers; how pests & pesticides affect the lungs; the role of airway humidification, and more. In a separate Expo track for healthcare professionals, topics run the gamut; from pulmonary and cancer rehabilitation, to guidelines-based asthma care and partnering with pharmacists. Continuing education credits are available for nursing and respiratory therapy.

The LUNG FORCE Expo will take place on Wednesday, April 6 at 7:30 a.m. for healthcare professionals and 8:30 a.m. for patients and caregivers. Registration is $100 for healthcare professionals and $10 for patients and caregivers, and is available online at LUNGFORCE.org/Expo or by calling (262) 703-4200. Advance registration is required.

Media representatives receive complimentary admission and can RSVP by sending their contact information to Katie Halverson at Katie.Halverson@Lung.org.

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About the American Lung Association
The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, through research, education and advocacy. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to improve the air we breathe; to reduce the burden of lung disease on individuals and their families; and to eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases. For more information about the American Lung Association, a holder of the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Guide Seal, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org.

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