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Sen. Julie Quinn
Senate Judiciary A Committee

Elected in July 2005, and sworn into office just three weeks before Hurricane Katrina hit Louisiana and destroyed her home, Julie Quinn nevertheless brought fresh leadership and dedication to the Louisiana State Senate. In her first General Session, Senator Quinn passed a key Constitutional Amendment, approved by the voters of this state, to protect local school districts and its children from costly unfunded mandates from the legislature, and founded the Legislature’s first Children’s Caucus. As a freshmen Senator, she was named Senator of the Year by the Childcare Association of Louisiana. She is the current Chair of the Judiciary Committee A.

A graduate of Loyola Law School, Senator Quinn has over the years, volunteered her time as a Court Appointed Special Advocate representing abused children in custody proceedings. She has served on the Jefferson Parish School Board where she was instrumental in implementing a school drug testing program that is now serving as a national model. Senator Quinn also currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Methodist Home for abused and neglected children. Senator Quinn has two children, Spencer Quinn (7) and Ashton Quinn (5).

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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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