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Walter Lee
BESE Board member and DeSoto Parish School Board Superintendent

Walter Lee is the longest serving member of the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE). He is an elected member representing 10 parishes in northwest Louisiana and presently serves as vice-president of the board. Walter also is superintendent of schools in DeSoto parish and previously served as Superintendent in Caddo parish. He is completing his 30th year as a school superintendent.

He received his undergraduate and master’s degrees in business and 40 graduate credits in educational leadership.

His many awards includes the state school business leader of the year and state superintendent of the year. He served as president of the La. Assn. of School Business Officials, state Superintendents Assn., and the La. Assn. of School Executives.

For many years Mr. Lee has served on school funding committees at both the state and national level.

He is married to Connie Terral Lee and they have one son and one grandson.

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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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