Knowledge in Motion
SCI Education Series

Living Healthy
with Spinal Cord Injury

Wednesday, January 11, 2017
6:30-8:00 PM Eastern Time

presented by

Cheri Blauwet MD
Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Harvard Medical School

J. Andrew Taylor PhD
Spaulding Hospital Cambridge, Harvard Medical School

Stanley Ducharme PhD
Boston Medical Center, Boston University School of Medicine

Margaret Vasquez MS, RD, LDN
Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital

To attend Free Online Webcast and Live Chat
Register here or contact:
Judi at
855-607-1804 (toll-free)

To register for Dinner and Evening Lecture
Cost: $10 before 1-4-17; $20 at the door
Register here or Contact:
Arlone at
Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital
300 First Ave., 1st fl. Cafeteria
Charlestown, MA 02129

About this month’s topic:

This lecture will discuss how spinal cord injury can impact many aspects of an individual’s life, in addition to impacting his or her family, friends, and community. This includes the ability to establish and maintain healthy relationships and lifestyle practices, such as engaging in exercise and optimal nutritional habits.

Our panel of health care professionals will address these challenges and share strategies on how to discover and achieve healthy options that empower the lives of those living with spinal cord injury.

Attendees will be able to:

  • Identify the changes SCI places on an individual’s physical, mental and nutritional health.
  • Learn about evidence-based healthy eating options and exercise programs.
  • Learn sustainable relationship building strategies.
  • Discover the benefits of healthy living and the positive impact of prioritizing personal health for individuals living with SCI.

About Our Speaker Panel:

Cheri Blauwet MD  is an Instructor in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School and an attending physician at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. She serves as the Disability Access and Awareness Director for Spaulding Network. Dr. Blauwet is a former Paralympic athlete in the sport of wheelchair racing, competing for the US Team in three Paralympic Games. Translating her background as an athlete to the clinical setting, she is Director of The Kelley Adaptive Sports Institute, SRN.

Stanley Ducharme PhD is a Clinical Psychologist and a Clinical Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine and Urology at Boston University School of Medicine, as well as a diplomat in sex therapy, working with individuals and couples with disabilities and relationship and sexually related problems. He serves on the Board of Directors of the PVA Educational Foundation and is a member of the International Spinal Cord Society’s Educational Committee.

J. Andrew Taylor PhD is Associate Chair for Research-Department of Physical Medicine, Harvard Medical School and Director of the Cardiovascular Research Laboratory at Spaulding Hospital, Cambridge. He holds a Masters degree in Exercise Science and a Doctorate in Physiology. The major focus of his research is the human cardiovascular system and the exploration of the role of whole body aerobic exercise (including the paralyzed legs) to improve cardiovascular function in spinal cord injury.

Margaret Loeper Vasquez MS, RDN is the Director of Nutrition and Food Services at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. She received her Masters’ degree from Boston University in human nutrition. Ms. Vasquez completed her internship and was employed at Boston Medical Center for 3 years. She was school nutritionist at Perkins School for the Blind for 10 years. In 2012, Ms. Vasquez came to SRH as Clinical Nutrition Manager and was promoted to Director in 2015.

Support Group Meetings (Boston)
There will be a Greater Boston Chapter NSCIA peer support group meeting beginning at 5:00 PM.
A family support group will also begin at 5:00 PM. For more info, call 617-952-5643.

For more information or to receive updates on the
Knowledge in Motion SCI Education Program,
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Judi Zazula M.S., OTR/L
Clinical Research Liaison
855-607-1804 (toll free)

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