Breath4Health is a grant funded program that serves adults with lung diseases, such as COPD, emphysema, asthma, etc. Breath4Health program offers solutions to people with lung health issues, especially those who have slipped through the cracks of the traditional healthcare system or who have limited resources for integrative wellness care. Breath4Health focuses on individuals struggling with symptoms and also people desiring to titrate off supplemental oxygen use, and improve their functional independence while strengthening their lung capacity. More information is available in our brochure and our letter to the community.

The 10 week program consists of:

  • Pre and post lung function testing
  • Training with Harmonica (no music experience necessary)
  • 30 Minute breath work

30 minute education topics include:

  • Infection prevention
  • Energy conservation
  • Medications
  • Nutrition
  • Lung Anatomy & Function
  • Exercise modifications
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The Breath4Health Team

Kim Negus

Kim Negus has 25 years experience in Rehabilitation as a practicing Neurologic Music Therapist and Occupational Therapy Assistant. The H.A.R.P.’s for Health (Harmonica and Respiratory Program) was created by team members of her company Western Wisconsin Music in Medicine, LLC. A clinical study completed by Occupational, Speech, Respiratory and Music Therapists was completed at Winona Health, Winona MN, and concluded that patients could greatly improve their lung health and titrate and/or wean off Oxygen as a result of the program, within 2-5 weeks following the harmonica exercises program. Kim has struggled with Asthma her entire life, and harmonica has improved her lung health and she is excited to share this program with others.

Kim Negus
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Carol Rudd

Carol Rudd, is a retired respiratory therapist with more than 40 years experience in the hospital setting, the last 15 running the pulmonary rehab program. As a life-long asthmatic, her passion has been to help those struggling with breathing problems. Carol is also a LMT and Qigong instructor with a focus on energy awareness and healing. AMMA Therapy follows the energy pathways, similar to an acupuncturist but without needles. With a goal to unblock “stuck” energy and promote healing balance in the body, Qigong is an energy focused practice that increases awareness, balance and inner calm.

“Now that I am ‘retired’, I get to provide services not found in a traditional healthcare setting. My mission is to help those diagnosed with asthma, bronchitis, emphysema or any restrictive disease as well as anyone struggling with symptoms such as shortness of breath, cough, phlegm or allergies. I look forward to working with you!”

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I have recently completed the COPD breathing therapy offered by Fit to Breathe, and I found it to be an excellent program which has helped me immensely in learning to cope with my COPD

I would highly recommend everyone who suffers from COPD at whatever stage to be afforded the opportunity to experience this therapy.

Also, it was a lot of fun. That’s important, too, especially in these sad times of social distancing and COVID-19.

Eric Strand

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