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Enjoying the Kentucky Derby with COPD

6 May 2016
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Enjoying the Kentucky Derby with COPD

The Kentucky Derby, also known as the Run for the Roses, is the longest running sports event in American history, dating back to May 1875. Rich in traditions such as draping the winning horse in a garland of roses, specialty foods and drinks, growing Derby crowds and wearing specialty Derby hats, the Kentucky Derby has entertained many people. If you’re thinking about hosting a Derby Party but have COPD, emphysema, interstitial lung disease or another chronic pulmonary condition, you might feel like entertaining is too difficult. However, enjoying the Kentucky Derby with COPD is doable with these simple ideas.

Make Your Own Derby Hat

Making your own Derby hat is an easy and fun way to spend time with your guests without feeling out of breath. Ask your guests to bring a large floppy, undecorated beach hat or fascinator base to decorate into a Derby hat. If your guest chooses to make a fascinator, then fascinator disks can be attached to headbands, and they come in various sizes. You can also provide plenty of ribbon, faux flowers, feathers, netting and crinoline. Remember to have a glue gun ready to attach decorations. Now, you and your friends are ready to watch the Derby in style.

Sip an Alcohol-Free Mint Julep

Enjoying the Kentucky Derby with COPDEnjoying a mint julep is a crowd favorite during the Kentucky Derby. However, for people with chronic lung diseases, alcohol could worsen symptoms. Instead of risking worsening your symptoms, try an alcohol-free mint julep. Kick back on your couch with your friends, sip your cool drink and cheer on your favorite horses.


  • 1/4 Cup Water
  • 1/4 Cup White Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Chopped Fresh Mint Leaves
  • 2 Cups Crushed Ice
  • 1/2 Cup Prepared Lemonade, such as Simply Lemonade Juice
  • Fresh Mint Sprigs for Garnish


  1. In a small saucepan, combine water, sugar and 1 tablespoon of chopped mint. Stir and bring to a boil. Cook until the sugar dissolves, then remove the pan from the heat and set aside to cool. After an hour, strain out mint leaves.
  1. Fill 2 cups with crushed ice. Pour 1/2 of the lemonade into each glass and top with a splash of the sugar syrup. Garnish each glass with a mint sprig and a straw. Serve and enjoy.

Try a Traditional Derby Recipe

Enjoying the Kentucky Derby with COPDA Derby party isn’t complete without a traditional Derby food, such as sweet potato hash. You won’t have to worry about these ingredients aggravating your symptoms. In fact, sweet potatoes and turkey are excellent choices for people with lung diseases.


  • 1 1/2 cups sweet potatoes – baked or boiled, peeled and chopped
  • 2 1/2 cups turkey – cooked, chopped
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 3 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 scallions, chopped
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper


  1. Boil or bake sweet potatoes, peel and chop into cubes.
  2. Take 1 cup of the sweet potatoes and mash them and set aside for now.
  3. Chop scallion. Chop cilantro. Chop turkey into cubes.
  4. Mix together the mashed sweet potatoes, cubed sweet potatoes, cubed turkey, red pepper strips, chopped chipotle, 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro, 1 chopped scallion, egg white, chicken broth, salt and pepper.
  5. Heat skillet on medium heat and add oil and butter.
  6. When hot, add the hash mixture to the skillet.
  7. Cook for 3 minutes until the bottom sets.
  8. Turn it once and cook for another 2 minutes.
  9. Place into a baking dish and bake in a 400F oven for 10 minutes.
  10. Top with remaining cilantro and scallions. Serve with salsa on the side.

Enjoyable Entertaining

Now, you’re ready to entertain and host your Derby party, and we hope that you find enjoying the Kentucky Derby with COPD is easier with these simple ideas. While COPD and other chronic lung diseases are challenging to live with, socializing and spending time with your friends and family is important to your overall quality of life. The Lung Institute is here to help you regain your quality of life, and we are happy to answer your questions about cellular therapy options. Feel free to contact us at 888-745-6697 to learn more.

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