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Jas M. Sullivan, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, LSU Political Science Dept.

Jas M. Sullivan, Ph.D. is an associate professor in Political Science and African-American Studies at Louisiana State University’s Baton Rouge campus. Dr. Sullivan's teaching and research interests include race, identity and political behavior. Specifically, his research examines the impact of race and racial identity on electoral decision-making. His two books include: The Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus: Race and Representation in the Pelican State (with Jonathan Winburn) and African American Identity: Racial and Cultural Dimensions of the Black Experience (with Ash Esmail).

Dr. Sullivan has a Bachelor's of Science degree in Political Science from Truman State University, Master's degree in Sociology from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, and from Indiana University he obtained Master's degrees in African American and African Diaspora Studies and Political Science and a Ph.D. in Political Science.

2010 Dr. Sullivan received the Tiger Athletic Foundation Undergraduate Teaching Award (University-wide Award) 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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