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Blueair Joins Respiratory Health Association’s Hustle Up the Hancock to Support Clean Air

Press Release   •   Feb 21, 2017 14:05 EST

1,632 steps is a long, tough haul and no ordinary workout (Copyright iStock Credit:jelenahinic )

CHICAGO – February 21, 2017 – Blueair, a world leader in air purification solutions, today announced its sponsorship of Respiratory Health Association’s ‘Hustle Up The Hancock’ event on February 26, 2017 in Chicago, IL. From 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM CST, more than 4,000 people will climb 1,632 steps to the top of the John Hancock Center to raise funds for lung disease research, advocacy, and education.

“Blueair advocates for clean air all over the world, through things like education, ongoing innovation around our air purifiers and quality monitors, and tree-planting programs, to name a few,” said Blake Bobosky, EVP Sales and Marketing for Blueair North America. “It’s an honor to fight for clean air in our own backyard alongside Respiratory Health Association, as a sponsor and Hustle participant.”

As a sponsor, Blueair will provide clean air for climbers using the intense cleaning power of their Swedish, Wi-Fi-enabled air purifiers at 360Chicago, the observatory finish line. In addition to impacting long-term health, poor air quality can impact recovery after physical exertion, according to Master Trainer and owner of fitness center Ethos360, Mike Miller.

“In my experience, indoor purifiers can directly enhance exercisers moods and performance, reduce inflammation, and aid in quicker recovery times,” said Miller, who installed Blueair purifiers in his fitness center in 2016.

The average adult has a normal resting respiratory rate of 12 breaths per minute, which increases to nearly 30 breaths per minute during moderate exercise and 50 breaths per minute during intense exercise. A person climbing the 1,632 steps in 30:00 minutes will take approximately 900-1,500 breaths by the time they are finished, depending on their level of exercise.

“Most Americans (166 million) live in areas that have unhealthy levels of air pollution,” said Joel Africk, President and CEO of Respiratory Health Association. “Air pollution has been linked to health risks such as stroke, heart disease, lung cancer and asthma. That is why we are so pleased to be working with Blueair to promote clean air and healthy lungs,” said Africk.

The current air quality in Chicago and outside the Hancock building can be viewed through Air View, a free digital service from Blueair that shows air quality and pollutants based on address.

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About Respiratory Health Association

Respiratory Health Association has been a local public health leader in metropolitan Chicago since 1906. Today, the association works to prevent lung diseases such asthma, COPD, lung cancer; promotes clean air, and helps people live better through education, research and policy change. For more information, visit

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