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Jennifer Pike
Research Director, Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana (PAR)

Jennifer Pike joined PAR as a research analyst in 2005. Her primary research focus is state finance. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Governmental Research Association, the national network of individuals professionally engaged in governmental research.

Ms. Pike is the author of recent PAR publications GulfGov Reports: Spending Federal Disaster Aid and Questioning Candidates Beyond the Platitudes.

Ms. Pike is an alumnus of Louisiana State University, where she earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in mass communication and Spanish literature and a Master of Arts in Political Science. Her primary graduate research focus was on public opinion analysis and political preference formation. She served PAR as a graduate research intern in 2002-03.

As an undergraduate student Ms. Pike was editor of The Daily Reveille, the student-run LSU newspaper. She studied Arabic in the U.S. Army and previously worked in various editorial capacities for newspapers and nonprofit organizations. She also served as an AmeriCorps member for Volunteer Baton Rouge.

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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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