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Healthy New Year! (2017)

Louisiana Public Square



Genre: Panel

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2017-01-25

Duration: 00:55:59

Subjects: Filmed panel discussions | Whitfield, Rani G. | Health | Diet | Exercise | Nutrition | Obesity


  • Courtney, Beth Host
  • Whitfield, Rani Host
  • Gautreaux, Kevin Producer
  • Spires, Kelly Producer
  • Thomas, Denisha Interviewee
  • Blumberg, Kate Interviewee
  • McDaniels, Monica Interviewee
  • Winters, Elmo Speaker
  • Liotto, Lindsey Speaker
  • Carnes, David L. Speaker
  • Berry, Ro Speaker
  • Gray, Lisa Speaker
  • Morales, Mona Speaker
  • Plant, Bianca Speaker
  • Winters, Therise Speaker
  • Lieux, Tammy Speaker
  • Huey, Robert Speaker
  • George, Tiffany Speaker
  • George, David Speaker
  • Bellanger, Drake Panelist
  • Champagne, Catherine Panelist
  • Macklin, Rudy Panelist
  • Elwood, Stephanie Panelist


This episode of the series “Louisiana Public Square” from January 25, 2017, features Dr. Rani Whitfield leading a discussion between the audience members and panelists on living a healthier lifestyle in 2017. A background report on the topic precedes the discussion. The audience members discuss their motivation for getting in shape, the healthy changes they have made, the barriers to weight loss, and food deserts. A panel of experts then joins the audience to answer their questions. The panelists are: Dr. Drake Bellanger, a bariatric surgeon with the Weight Loss Surgical Centers of Louisiana; Dr. Catherine Champagne, a registered dietician with the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge; Rudy Macklin, the director of the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports; and Stephanie Elwood of the Southern University AgCenter. They discuss: the lack of access to food resources in rural areas; employee wellness programs; strategies for maintaining weight loss; weight loss surgeries; the importance of motivation; Pennington’s DASH diet; farmer’s markets; food deserts; and childhood obesity. Hosts: Beth Courtney and Dr. Rani Whitfield