Support for Members with COPD

COPD stands for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. “Chronic” means long term, “obstructive” means that there is a blockage in air flow, and “pulmonary” means that it has to do with the lungs. COPD describes a group of lung conditions that make it difficult to empty the air out of the lungs. The term is also used to describe chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or a combination of the two.

Having a chronic condition can be a challenge. The good news is there are things you can do, including eating well and staying active, that can help you feel better on a daily basis.

What Our COPD Support Program Offers

  • A nurse and a dietitian to answer your health questions 
  • Personal support from a health coach  to help you reach your health and wellness goals 
  • Ongoing support to help you maintain healthy lifestyle changes 
  • Newsletters with current and helpful information about your health condition

There is no cost for the program for eligible PacificSource members.

Real Life Newsletter

Real Life is our quarterly member newsletter offering news and tips for condition support.

Spring/Summer 2019 (PDF) - mails April/May

  • Small Steps Can make a Big Difference
  • Meet Your Team
  • Member Success Story: “Living Proof” You Can Make a Comeback
  • Egg Roll Bowl

Fall 2018 (PDF) - mails November

  • COPD: Causes & Treatment
  • Block Winter Bugs with Timely Vaccines
  • Thinking about quitting smoking?
  • Minestrone Soup

Spring/Summer 2018 (PDF) - mails April/May

  • Fending Off Flare-ups
  • COPD Action Plan
  • Take Action
  • High Blood Pressure and COPD
  • Member Corner: Learning to Slow Down and Prioritize Health Leads to Big Wins
  • Quinoa and Beans with Chili-Lime Vinaigrette

Fall 2017 (PDF) - mails in September

  • Sleep: Your Inner Healer 
  • Flu 101 
  • Pneumonia Vaccine Facts 
  • Member Corner: A Second Chance 
  • Sleep Apnea 
  • Spanish-Style Salmon with Garbanzo Beans and Spinach

Summer 2017 (PDF) - mailed in June

  • Get F.I.T.T.! - Aerobic Activity Guidelines, Strength Training Guidelines, Flexibility Training Guidelines, Plan It Out, Special Considerations
  • Cranberry Apple Quinoa Cereal

Spring 2017 (PDF) - mailed in February

  • Put Your Best Fork Forward!
  • Smart Snacking
  • Power Up Your Day with Breakfast
  • Make Your Veggies Leafy
  • Brighten Your Dinner with Latin Flavors

Winter 2016 (PDF) - mailed in December

  • Keeping Your COPD in Check this Winter
  • COPD Action Plan
  • 4 Signs You May Be Malnourished
  • Protein-packed Veggie Frittata

Fall 2016 (PDF) - mailed in September

  • DASH Toward Health!
  • A Day on the DASH
  • Putting It All Together: a Sample DASH Menu
  • High Blood Pressure Can Be Controlled with These Steps
  • Cod with Lemon and Caper Sauce
  • Get a Jump on Flu Season!

Summer 2016 (PDF) - mailed in late May

  • Consciously Choose Your Unconscious Habits
  • Habits Worth Creating
  • Healthy Habit Tracker
  • Five Habits for Easier Breathing
  • Recipe: Picnic Burritos

Spring 2016 (PDF) - mailed in late February

  • Savor the Flavor of Nourishing Foods
  • Member Corner - You’re Stronger Than You Know
  • Recipe: Southwest Mason Jar Salad
  • Recipe: Autumn Delight Baked Oatmeal
  • Recipe: Spicy Salmon Burger with Cabbage Slaw

Winter 2015 (PDF) - mailed in December

  • “Do It Yourself” Mood Boosters
  • Is It Depression?
  • Resolve to Have a Healthy New Year
  • Dental Health—Beyond the Basics
  • Recipe: Quinoa Pilaf Stuffed Acorn Squash

Fall 2015 (PDF) - mailed in August  

  • Invest in the Future You
  • Member Corner - Being Proactive Pays Dividends
  • Food Fuels Your Body
  • Get a Jump on Flu Season!
  • Slow-Cooker Spanish Lentil Stew

Summer 2015 (PDF) - mailed in May

  • A Blueprint for a More Active You
  • The Power of a Partner
  • Member Corner - Determination and Small Steps Pay Off
  • Spinach, Lentil, and Jicama Salad with Cider Dressing

Spring 2015 (PDF) - mailed in late February

  • Lower Your Cholesterol Levels with Smart Food Choices
  • Self-compassion and Support
  • Seven Steps to Successfully Lowering Cholesterol Levels
  • Member Corner - Set Your Intention and Give Yourself Credit
  • Recipe: Cilantro Lime Quinoa Bowl

Winter 2014 (PDF) - mailed in November

  • Importance + Confidence = Success
  • Thinking of getting a flu shot? Now is the time!
  • Master Your Meds
  • Member Corner - Meet Anna – A True Superhero
  • Recipe: Chili Lime Baked Squash Rings

Autumn 2014 (PDF) - mailed in late August

  • Your Bones: Your Body’s Support System
  • Oral Health and Chronic Disease
  • Member Corner - It’s All about the Support!
  • Recipe: Breakfast Veggie Power Frittata

Summer 2014 (PDF) - mailed in late May

  • Physical Activity vs. Exercise: What’s the Difference?
  • Ten-week Walking Plan
  • Help for Summer Allergies
  • Member Corner
  • The Truth about Vitamin D and the Sun
  • Recipe: Perfect Salmon Every Time

Spring 2014 (PDF) - mailed in late February

  • The Sleep-Weight Connection
  • Sleep Quiz
  • Music for Health
  • Member Corner
  • Occupational Sitting - It's Not a Sport
  • Want to know more about health reform?
  • Recipe: Easy Crockpot Chili   

Winter (December) 2013 (PDF)

  • How to Navigate Your Way to a Meaningful
    Doctor’s Appointment
  • Success Story
  • What Is Health Literacy?
  • Quiet Your Mind and Protect
  • Your Body with Yoga
  • Quit for Life
  • Recipe: Ginger-Cider Roasted VeggiesSweet & Savory Chicken Stew Recipe

Autumn 2013 (PDF)

  • Stack the Odds in Your Favor (protein choices and health)
  • Sweet & Savory Chicken Stew Recipe
  • Success Corner
  • The Truth about Tobacco Addiction
  • Thinking about getting a flu shot?

Summer 2013 (PDF)

  • Summertime Fun, Sun, and Food 
  • Know Your Spirometry Results
  • Fruit-Infused Water (Aguas Fresca)
  • Be Ready for the Sun!

Winter 2013 (PDF)

  • Get Happy for Your Health
  • Taking Charge
  • Magnesium, the Friendly Mineral
  • Are You Depressed?

Autumn 2012 (PDF) 

  • How to Make Successful Resolutions
  • Four Ways to Stay Well this Winter
  • Putting off getting your flu shot? It's not too late!


For more information about our Heart Failure Program, we encourage you to contact us. 

To learn more about our Condition Support Program, download our flier: Real Life Support for You.

InTouch for Members

COPD Resources

American Association for Respiratory Care

American College of Chest Physicians

The American Lung Association

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)

Last updated 4/23/2019