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Ralph Williams
Chief of Staff, East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office

Lt. Colonel Ralph Williams, Chief of Staff, has worked with the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office for the past 21 years in various uniform patrol and detective positions. He served as supervisor in narcotics and metro divisions and as commander of the School Drug Task Force, Night Supervisors, Special Community Anti-Crime Team (SCAT) and Special Response Team (SRT). While serving with EBRSO, Williams developed and implemented the very first community-oriented policing program for the agency known as SCAT. His law enforcement expertise includes, but is not limited to, policy development and implementation, SWAT tactics, community policing, firearms training and narcotics enforcement. Williams earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Southern University in 1980. Upon graduation, Williams went to the NFL from which he retired in 1987 while playing for the New Orleans Saints.

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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 Ellwood, 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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