Welcome to the Breathe Easy program! Under the Medical Direction of Dr. Lisa Lyons, this program is designed for members who have been diagnosed with Asthma or COPD. We encourage you to enroll and participate to receive exclusive benefits!


  • Financial Savings: $0 copay to see your Pulmonologist
  • Educational Material: printable handouts and resources available on
  • Special Events: check the website for upcoming group classes and special events
  • Support: via email and phone with our Breathe Easy team


Fill out the enrollment form below and email to One of our team members will respond to your email and address your questions or concerns.


  1. What is Asthma?

    Asthma is a long-lasting (chronic) disease of the respiratory system. It causes inflammation in the bronchial tubes, tubes that carry air to the lungs. When this happens, the airways of the lungs swell and narrow, leading to wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, and coughing.

  2. Who has Asthma?

    Asthma is very common among both adults and children. More than 28 million people in the United States have asthma, including approximately 7 million children. No one knows why some people have asthma and others don't. Asthma can occur at any age. It is more common in children than adults. Heredity plays a major factor in who develops asthma. In young children, boys are twice as likely to develop the disease. However, this sex difference tends to disappear in older aged children. Most recently, obesity has been identified as a risk factor for asthma.

  3. What causes Asthma?

    The "asthmatic condition" is always present. It is what triggers asthma that can create an asthma attack or an asthmatic episode.

    Common triggers include:

    • Pollen, dust mites, animal dander, mold, feathers and some foods
    • Respiratory infections, colds, and flu
    • Exercise
    • Stress
    • Cold and windy weather and/or weather changes

    Additional triggers may include over the counter medications like Aspirin, fever reducers or anti-inflammatories. Discuss any over the counter or prescription medications with your health care provider, along with any alternative therapies or herbal remedies that may have an impact on your asthma.

    Be on the lookout for unsuspecting asthma triggers. Every person responds differently to certain products. Hidden triggers can be in the following forms:

    • Scents from perfumes, deodorants and cleaning supplies
    • Scented candles and incense
    • Hairspray
    • Air fresheners
    • Personal care products
  4. Asthma Symptoms

    Asthma symptoms can differ for each person. However, here are some of the most common:

    • Wheezing You may notice a wheezing sound when you breathe. This may happen when you exercise or have a cold.
    • Frequent Cough This is more common at night. You may or may not cough up mucus.
    • Shortness of Breath This is the feeling when you can't get enough air into your lungs. You may experience this once in a while, or more often.
    • Chest Tightness Your chest may feel tight, especially during cold weather or exercise. This symptom may be the first sign of a flare up.
    • If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, please seek medical attention immediately


Have you developed an asthma action plan with your doctor? Click on the links below for additional information. and


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