Mark Richardson

Every week WWNO's Listening Post project asks questions about local news in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast and reports back on the community's response. This week's topic is food and nutrition.

Louisiana has one of the highest rates of obesity in the U.S. Around 34% of adults in the state are overweight.

Healthy food options are increasing around New Orleans, but many residents still struggle to access them.


Gov. Bobby Jindal has agreed to ban Louisiana's minors from using tanning beds.

The governor's office announced Friday that Jindal signed into law the bill by New Orleans Representative Helena Moreno, prohibiting anyone under the age of 18 from using tanning facilities.

Supporters say the prohibition will lower risks of skin cancer associated with exposure to ultraviolet radiation from sunlight or tanning lamps and beds. At least five other states have similar prohibitions.

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Spring is in the air and so are the allergens! Yes, it’s allergy season. While it might seem counterintuitive, most experts agree that as we spend more and more time indoors, our allergic reactions increase. And while allergens typically trigger cold-like symptoms such as sniffling and sneezing, they can also trigger asthma attacks.

Cocoa has been used as a health elixir for centuries, going back to the Incas. Dr. John Finley discusses the LSU AgCenter's study that revealed some of the compounds that make cocoa so beneficial.

Of cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer is one of the most curable of all the cancer diseases if caught early.

Researchers at Tulane University have found a three-fold increase in heart attacks six years after Hurricane Katrina. The findings link stress from the storm and several other factors to the increase.

With some of the nation’s harshest punishments for marijuana possession and an ultra-conservative Republican governor at the helm, few would expect Louisiana might be the next state to allow folks to light up a joint. Yet one state lawmaker is planning to push to lighten up some pot laws during the upcoming legislative session.

Animal Life: Protect Against A Broken Heart

Feb 14, 2014
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Valentine's Day means candy hearts, heart shaped cards and... heartworms?

Infected mosquitos transmit these parasites to your pet's bloodstream. Heartworm disease is most common in dogs, but can also affect cats. It causes coughing, fatigue, weight loss, and, if left untreated, is fatal. Heartworms are difficult and expensive to treat, but easy and affordable to prevent with a monthly pill. If you're a dog or cat owner, make sure to protect your pet.

Thomas Walsh

Staying healthy is a challenge for us all, particularly in Louisiana, where food-obsession is a way of life. But being food-obsessed doesn't mean you have to have a penchant for heavy cream and butter. This week on Louisiana Eats! we'll speak from the owners of a new wellness boutique in New Orleans to hear about the foods and philosophies that guide their approach to living well. 

Neurologists, who treat patients with Multiple Sclerosis, are excited to have many more FDA approved Multiple Sclerosis therapies on the market. Several more are in clinical trials or awaiting approval. Dr. April Erwin, a neurologist with Neuromedical Center in Baton Rouge, is optimistic that a cure is on the horizon. For more information about Multiple Sclerosis and treatment, please visit