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Debbie Schum
Louisiana Department of Education, College & Career Readiness Goal Office

Debbie Schum earned her Bachelors Degree in Mathematics from Southeastern Louisiana University and a Masters Degree in Curriculum /Supervision and Elementary / Secondary Principalship. She taught Mathematics in both East Baton Rouge Parish and St. John the Baptist Parish for 20 years. She has also served as a district level curriculum coordinator, staff developer and testing coordinator. She was a secondary school principal for 11 years and she was chosen as the 2003 Louisiana High School Principal of the Year. She served as the Chief Academic Officer for the Recovery School District in New Orleans and supervised 33 schools and principals at each site. She currently serves as the Deputy Superintendent of College and Career Readiness for the Louisiana Department of Education and is leading the charge for an 80% graduation rate and increasing the number of high school graduates that participate in post secondary education. Though she was born in Ft. Walton Beach, Florida she has been a resident of Louisiana for 45 years and Laplace, LA for the past 35 years.

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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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