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David Sloane
Senior Managing Director of Government Relations and Advocacy for AARP

David Sloane is Senior Vice President of Government Relations and Advocacy for AARP. He is responsible for federal and state government relations, as well as the Association’s grassroots, e-Advocacy and voter education programs.

With more than twenty-five years of experience in the public affairs arena, Mr. Sloane has held numerous positions in both the public and private sectors. More than half of his career was spent in government service, including as a Special Assistant for Legislative Affairs to President George H. W. Bush; Deputy Assistant Secretary of Governmental Affairs for Secretary of Transportation Elizabeth Hanford Dole; and Legislative Director and Deputy Chief of Staff to the late Senator John H. Chafee of Rhode Island. Mr. Sloane also has held lobbying positions for several business interests, including the National Association of Manufacturers, the National Association of Wholesaler Distributors and GTE Corporation.

He is a graduate of the School of Government and Public Administration, The American University, Washington, DC.

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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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