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Joseph E. Blackwell
Westminster/Pine Park Crime Prevention District Board president and former federal prosecutor

Mr. Blackwell is the president of the recently established Westminster/Pine Park Crime Prevention District located in Baton Rouge. Mr. Blackwell is an attorney with Hymel, Davis, and Petersen. Mr. Blackwell is a former federal prosecutor who is experienced in all facets of criminal and civil litigation. Mr. Blackwell served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Middle District of Louisiana. As a federal prosecutor, Mr. Blackwell prosecuted a variety of crimes to include high level narcotics offenses, mail and wire fraud, arson, firearms offenses, public corruption, social security fraud, bankruptcy fraud, and other violent and white collar crimes. Despite carrying one of the highest case loads within the U.S. Attorney's Office, Mr. Blackwell never lost a jury trial as a federal prosecutor. In August of 2010 Mr. Blackwell joined the law firm of Hymel, Davis, and Petersen. Mr. Blackwell is licensed in both Louisiana and Texas.

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01/17 - Healthy New Year!

What is the best approach to shedding pounds in a state where cuisine is part of its culture?

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January heralds the beginning of a New Year and for many, a resolution to practice a healthier lifestyle. According to the 13th annual State of Obesity report, Louisiana now has the highest rate of adult obesity in the country.

So, what is the best approach to shedding pounds in a state where cuisine is part of its culture? Which diet is the most effective for losing weight? What weight loss surgeries are available and how safe are they? And what role does exercise play in the health equation? Louisiana Public Square searches for answers on “Healthy New Year!” Wednesday, January 25 at 7pm on LPB HD and in New Orleans on WLAE. (Recording Tuesday, January 24)

Do you have a story of weight loss challenges and success that you want to share? Be a part of our audience when we record “Healthy New Year!” on Tuesday, January 24 at 7 p.m. at LPB. Email your contact information to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Seating is limited, so reply soon!




Our panelists are:
• Drake Bellanger, M.D., Weight Loss Surgical Centers of Louisiana
• Catherine Champagne, Ph.D. , Pennington Biomedical Research Center
• Stephanie Elwood, Southern University AgCenter
• Rudy Macklin, Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness & Sports


LPB CEO, Beth Courtney and family physician and author, Dr. Rani Whitfield, moderate the discussion.


Louisiana Public Square can also be heard on public radio stations WRKF in Baton Rouge; Red River Radio in Shreveport and Monroe; and WWNO in New Orleans. Check the station websites for schedules.



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