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Saint Agnes Respiratory Care has partnered with the American Lung Association to host monthly Better Breathers Club meetings. Separate from the Medical Center’s Pulmonary Rehabilitation program, this unique support group is open to anyone with chronic lung disease, giving them the tools needed to live the best quality life.

Sessions are held the first Thursday of each month, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., at Saint Agnes Administrative Center at The Plaza (Leonard Room), 1111 E. Spruce Ave.
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Registration is required. All sessions are free and include lunch.

Better Breathers Club dates are as follows:

  • November 7 – Breathing Retraining
    Facilitators: Jim Fayle, RRT and Shirley Windsor, RRT
    Understand how specific breathing techniques can help a person who has chronic lung disease.

  • December 5 – COPD and Diet
    Facilitators: Jim Fayle, RRT and Shirley Windsor, RRT
    Understand principles of good eating and balanced meals.

  • January 2014 – No Meeting

  • February 6 – Working with your Doctors
    Facilitators: Jim Fayle, RRT and Shirley Windsor, RRT
    Learn how to work in partnership with your physician.

  • March 6 – Stress Management
    Facilitators: TBA
    Identify your own physical or mental signs of stress and understand techniques for stress management.

  • April 3 – Fun Day
    Facilitators: TBA
    A fun/free day includes social time, games and humor.

  • May – No Meeting

  • June 5 – Air Quality
    Facilitators: SJVAPCD (Air District)
    Understand the described irritants that affect the lungs, how to avoid air pollution and when it's best to exercise outdoors.

  • July 3 – Pulmonary Hypertension
    Facilitators: AA Society
    Hear how one local man is successfully managing this illness and thriving.

  • August 7 – Exercise Physics
    Facilitators: Exercise Physiologist
    Understand and describe principles and practices in exercise training.

  • September – No Meeting

  • October 2 — Speech Therapy
    Learn about avoiding choking on food and drinks.

  • November 6 — Could it be Hereditary COPD?
    Understanding and identifying alpha-1 disease.

  • December 4 — It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like ...
    Enjoying the holiday season together.

For more information about the Better Breathers Club, or to reserve your seat, call (559) 450-5596. Registration is required.

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