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Gene Mills
Reverend

Executive Director Gene Mills , an ordained minister and highly sought-after motivational speaker, brings 20+ years of experience in working with pro-life and pro-family issues to the Louisiana Family Forum. Operating in the strategic LSU campus area, Gene directed Chi Alpha Campus Outreach and the Women's Resource Center, providing critical Christian counseling and crisis intervention services to thousands of students in need. Gene's leadership skills resulted in his selection to direct the statewide activities of Heartbeat of Louisiana, a network of clergy, business, and governmental leaders focusing on various family and faith initiatives.

Since its inception in 1999, Gene has directed the activities of Louisiana Family Forum (LFF), a non-profit research and education organization providing "a voice for traditional families in Louisiana" . LFF's impressive international network includes associations with Dr. James Dobson's Focus on the Family; Washington D.C. based Family Research Council, and forty state-level family policy councils nationwide.

Bringing a commitment to family and public service to Louisiana Family Forum, Gene is married to Blanche Bollich Mills, the 2003 Louisiana Young Mother of the Year. He and Blanche have five sons and three daughters.

Gene's other accomplishments include syndication of the "Louisiana Family Minute," a lively radio minute currently broadcast on over 50 radio stations throughout Louisiana. His Ambassadors curriculum has served as a catalyst for faith-based institutions to engage their culture and restore biblical foundations. Gene is a regular guest on media venues throughout Louisiana and uses this outlet to bring forth a message of hope, courage, and community connectedness.

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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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