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Learning to properly read food labels can lead to better choices and better nutrition when it comes to addressing obesity.  "Parents can help their children to read labels to learn more about a product, than what marketing would tell them," says Angie O'Pry, a local nutrition expert.

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  One of the toughest sells of healthy eating in Louisiana is putting aside the rich, flavorful foods the region is known for.  Cooking methods, seasonings, and traditional ingredients, have become a staple for many families. 

"If we can get parents to understand the reason to make changes, that a healthy lifestyle is helpful in preventing chronic diseases, they can teach their children and we can change the family," says Donna Davis, a nutritionist with the Department of Health & Hospitals.

Policy And A Pint: Tilting The Scales On Obesity

Jan 23, 2015

Louisiana’s obesity rate is one of the highest in the nation.  Dietary initiatives have been implemented in schools and healthier options are increasing in stores.  Are we closer to turning the corner on eating habits and our health? 

On Tuesday, January 27th, at 5 p.m., KEDM’s Policy & A Pint hosts a discussion on obesity.  We’ll look at how programs are addressing the issue and health concerns aligned with being overweight. 

Jenny Ellerbe

The ancient American Indian culture applied practical skills to a variety of objects and raw materials.  A collaboration between Masur Museum of Art and Poverty Point World Heritage Site presents a number of interactive demonstrations of several resources used by the ancient people.

"The event is held in conjunction with our current exhibit, Shared Earth by Jenny Ellerbe," said Masur Director Evie Stewart.  "The work includes artifacts from Poverty Point and it just worked out to where the field day was scheduled prior to Poverty Point being named as a World Heritage site."


Local Certified Public Accountant John Cameron recently received the Society of Louisiana Certified Public Accountants’ (LCPA) 2014 Distinguished Public Service Award. Presented jointly by the LCPA and the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA), the award is the highest honor for public service leadership, impact, involvement and innovation a Louisiana CPA can earn. 

  A West Monroe native, Cameron has served community organizations for over three decades. Cameron is also devoted to improving the academic, economic, and cultural climate of his community.

Attorney George Britton collapsed Wednesday morning at the Ouachita Parish Courthouse, a victim of an apparent heart attack. St. Francis hospital confirms he is in critical but stable condition.

Monroe Police have a suspect in custody accused of shooting a fellow resident of Francis Towers early Tuesday morning.

Discovering What Works In Parenting

Jan 13, 2015
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Parenting can be a challenge.  Finding what works depends on several factors.  This weekend, the Children's Coalition of Northeast Louisiana hosts the "What Works" conference at the Monroe Civic Center.

"It's really important that all children have caring adults in their lives," said Coalition Executive Director Lynn Clark.  "We've reached out to educators, nurses, social workers, and others to create a nurturing environment in their professional lives for children."

One of the most under-appreciated native trees in Louisiana grows in every parish, is important to wildlife, and has a fascinating local history. During the Autumn it is one of our most colorful trees as leaves on the same tree may be purple, burgundy, orange and yellow.

  (adapted from Flora and Fauna of the Civil War by Kelby Ouchley, LSU Press)

The Druids thought it peculiar also. As you are traveling around the next few days, scan the tops of the leafless hardwood trees and look for the dark green clumps of mistletoe. Now contemplate just how they cam about growing in the loftiest boughs of our tallest oaks.