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Greg LaFleur
Athletic Director Southern University

Greg LaFleur, Southern University's new Athletic Director, is a former LSU staffer in LSU's athletic department. He will replace Floyd Kerr, who lost his job when the university decided not to renew his contract. That contract expires at the end of June. LaFleur comes to Southern from Chicago State University where he headed up the athletic department. The 1981 LSU graduate also played six years as a tight end in the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles, the St. Louis Cardinals and the Indianapolis Colts.

He returned to his alma mater in 1991, and worked his way up from marketing and promotions coordinator to Associate Athletics Director. While at LSU, he led the university through the Peterson vs. LSU Title IX Federal Court lawsuit, one of the pivotal cases in Title IX law.

He then moved on to serve as Athletics Director at Texas State University-San Marcos in 2001, where he led an all-time record setting improvement in basketball home game attendance and significant attendance improvements in football. He also led a 20 million dollar facilities expansion program. He briefly led the Huston-Tillotson College's program in Austin, Texas, in 2004 before moving on to take the athletic director position at Chicago State.

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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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