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Cedric Grant
Deputy Secretary for the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD)

Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco appointed Cedric S. Grant as deputy secretary for the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) on July 8, 2004. Mr. Grant's appointment was effective Aug. 2, 2004.

Mr. Grant previously was employed by Parsons Corp. in Atlanta, where he managed road and highway infrastructure projects valued at $10 million for clients such as the Georgia Department of Transportation and the city of Atlanta.

Prior to his employment with Parsons, he held numerous managerial and administrative positions with the city of New Orleans, most recently as chief administrative officer. Mr. Grant also served as planning manager for the Port of New Orleans and director of capital projects for the New Orleans Downtown Development District. Mr. Grant is a certified city manager and holds a master's degree in public administration from the University of New Orleans.

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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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