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CPT Angela V. Huval
Louisiana National Guard Behavioral Health Officer

Captain Huval, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 20 years of professional experience, is a recognized clinician, author, consultant, professional educator and Army Veteran.

Captain Angela Huval is the first Licensed Clinical Social Worker in a Behavioral Health Officer Position to serve in the 256th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. She is the Brigade’s expert, advisor, and “lead agent” in Behavioral Health providing individual and group crisis intervention and treatment. She is a first responder to all soldier suicides in the state and specializes in Crisis Intervention and Critical Incident Stress Management.

CPT Huval has received service awards from her deployment in Iraq with support of the Global War on Terrorism.

Due to her accomplishments in her civilian work as a social worker, she was selected as the NASW-LA Social Worker of the Year (2005), Lafayette, Louisiana City-Parish President’s Distinguished Citizen, Woman of Excellence Career Achievement, and various community service awards.

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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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