The American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest offers a wide variety of programs to cater to diverse communities' lung health and clean air needs.
Childhood Lung Health
Childhood asthma is a leading cause of school absenteeism and is heartbreakingly fatal for thousands of children.
The American Lung Association offers a number of programs to help children, and the adults in their lives, to better manage their asthma. With fun and educational programs like our Active with Asthma Day Camps and Asthma 101, a program that prepares faculty and staff to support students with asthma, we take a 360° approach to asthma management.
In addition, we support children, teens and young adults in the fight to remain tobacco-free, with programs such as N-O-T (Not on Tobacco), TATU (Teens Against Tobacco Use), FACT (Fighting Against Corporate Tobacco) and SPARK, for 18-24 year olds trying to help their peers quit or remain tobacco-free.
Adult Lung Health
To help people breathe easier, we provide our Better Breathers Clubs (for those suffering from COPD) and our toll-free Lung HelpLine (1-800-LUNGUSA), staffed by registered nurses, respiratory therapists and addiction counselors with extensive experience. The American Lung Association is committed to fighting the #1 cause of preventable death by helping people quit smoking. Finally, our gold standard Freedom from Smoking programs have helped thousands free themselves from tobacco use during in-person and online sessions.
Indoor Air Quality
Radon is an odorless, colorless, tasteless gas that is produced by naturally decaying uranium and radium. The EPA estimates that 21,000 lung cancer deaths each year in the United States are due to radon exposure, which makes it the second leading cause of lung cancer following smoking.
The American Lung Association, the EPA, and the Surgeon General recommend testing all homes for radon. By testing your home for radon, you are taking a step toward a healthier indoor environment for you and your family.
Outdoor Air Quality
Six out of ten Americans live in areas where air pollution reaches unhealthy levels and threatens the health of millions of people. The American Lung Association has led the fight for healthy air for more than 40 years, advocating for stronger clean air standards, lower power plant emissions and cleaner vehicles and fuels. We have successfully worked for the passage of smoking bans in indoor public spaces in states throughout the country.