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Respiratory Rally a Promising Practice in the Fight Against Chronic Disease

Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease Recognizes Event for Great Work in Local Community

INDIANAPOLIS, June 25 /PRNewswire/ -- As the national health care debate takes center stage it is important to highlight local examples of promising practices in the prevention of chronic disease. The American Lung Association's Indianapolis Respiratory Rally is one such example that is making a difference by connecting Hoosiers with information and support for treating their illnesses.

The Indiana Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD), the local chapter of a national effort calling for meaningful health care reform that includes chronic disease prevention, is proud to be part of the June 25 rally taking place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Grace Point Church in Indianapolis. The rally focuses on Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and will help patients, families and caregivers answer questions and find help in dealing with this debilitating chronic disease. Attendees will be treated to a variety of speakers, live musical performances and an array of exhibit booths featuring critical patient support programs. The rally will help raise awareness and funding for COPD and other similar respiratory disorders.

By participating in the rally, the PFCD hopes to educate Hoosiers on the dangers of chronic disease and urge supporters to reach out to Indiana's Congressional delegates about the need to address chronic disease prevention in the health care reform effort. Chronic disease is a tremendous and growing burden on Indiana and addressing the issue is critical to Indiana's economic future as a healthier tomorrow could add as much as $82 billion to the state's economic output by the year 2050*.

"The Respiratory Rally is just one way we are striving to improve the lives of Hoosiers who suffer from chronic disease," said Doug Stafford, executive director of the American Lung Association of Indiana. "By partnering with the PFCD we are working to do our part at the local level to help raise awareness of this critical issue."

For more information about the ALA and the 2009 Respiratory Rally, contact Meghan McNulty at (317) 819-1181 extension 237 or visit

For more information about PFCD, contact Teresa Buckley at (317) 644-1528 or visit

*SOURCE: DeVol, Ross and Armen Bedroussian, An Unhealthy America: The Economic Burden of Chronic Disease, Milken Institute, October 2007

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