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Assistant Superintendent, Louisiana Department of Education

Donna Nola-Ganey is the Assistant Superintendent at the Louisiana Department of Education, Office of School and Community Support. She is responsible for the administration of three divisions: (1) Division of Nutrition Assistance, (2) Division of Dropout Prevention/Adult & Family Services, and (3) Division of Student Learning and Support.

Some of the program areas in these divisions administered by this position are Dropout Prevention, Positive Behavior Support, nutrition, health, after school, migrant education and Title IV Safe and Drug Free Schools and Communities. Several of these programs are Center for Disease Control (CDC) funded.

A new section was created in Ms. Ganey’s office entitled, "Coordinated School Health." This section brings together the many programs and initiatives in the department related to children’s health, and coordinates with agencies across the state involved with child and health issues.

Ms. Ganey has served in an administrative capacity in the Department of Education for over 30 years. She has also served as a teacher in the public school system. She has a BS and a M.Ed. from Louisiana State University.

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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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