Alumni News Briefs
Dr. John Porcari recently received the Award of Excellence from the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). Dr. Porcari received his PhD in Exercise Science from UMass Amherst in 1989 under the direction of Patty Freedson, Chair of the Department of Kinesiology.
AACVPR is the world’s leading association of health professionals who serve in the field of cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation, and the Award of Excellence is their highest honor. Dr. Porcari was also on the AACVPR Board of Directors for 9 years, received a Distinguished Service Award in 1995 and was President of the organization in 2003.
In addition to serving at the national level, Dr. Porcari was President of the Wisconsin Society of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation in 1998 and received their Award of Excellence in 2004. He is currently a Professor in the Department of Exercise and Sport Science at the University of Wisconsin–La Crosse, where he is the Program Director of the Clinical Exercise Physiology program. Additionally, he is the Executive Director of the La Crosse Exercise and Health Program, the University’s on-campus health and fitness program.
Hillary Wright ’84, a Nutrition alumna from the School of Public Health and Health Sciences, has written The PCOS Diet Plan: A Natural Approach to Health for Women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. The book was released on November 9, 2010 by Ten Speed Press, a division of Random House.
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is, according to the Mayo Clinic, the most common hormonal disorder among women of reproductive age, affecting 5 to 10 percent of all women. One of the leading causes of infertility, PCOS is a hormonal disorder that involves multiple organ systems within the body and it is believed to be caused by insensitivity to the hormone insulin. The disorder has been linked to such serious health issues as type 2 diabetes, heart disease and certain forms of cancer.
The PCOS Diet Plan delivers a nutrition-based approach that advocates diet and exercise to manage this lifelong disorder. Although there is no cure, proper management can often eliminate most, if not all, symptoms. The PCOS Diet Plan offers an easy-to-follow program designed to help women navigate the stressful and sometimes difficult challenges that accompany major lifestyle changes.The book further explores the underlying causes and symptoms of PCOS and offers an informative guide to managing the disorder.
Ms. Wright, M.Ed, RD, LDN, is a registered and licensed dietitian and a member of the American Dietetic Association. She is the Director of Nutritional Counseling at the Domar Center for Mind/Body Health at Boston IVF and a nutritionist at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. An accomplished freelance writer, Ms. Wright has contributed to The Boston Globe, Fertility Today Magazine, Environmental Nutrition and Bodimojo.com. The PCOS Diet Plan is her first full-length book.
Lauri Kalanges, MD MPH, a 2004 alumna of the online MPH in Public Health Practice program, has been selected for the position of Director of the Health Promotions and Chronic Disease Prevention Section (HPCDPS) by the Texas Department of State Health Services. Dr. Kalanges had been serving as the Acting Director for HPCDPS and the Medical Director for the Section. Kalanges' new position as Section Director merges those responsibilities into one position.
Dr. Kalanges has more than twenty years of clinical experience in all levels of preventive healthcare through an initial career in plastic and reconstructive surgery and, for the past eight years, a secondary career in public health. Her experience ranges from private clinical practice and academics with a broad research background to both the private and public sectors in public health. In addition, she has served in medical executive positions with several health organizations. From 2007 to 2009, she was the Medical Director for the Community Health Services Section at the Texas Department of State Health Services.