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CEHD In The News: April 2014

Doyle gives insight on long distance running in AJC’s Boston Marathon coverage

Associate Professor J. Andrew Doyle always begins his introductory exercise science classes in the College of Education & Human Development with the marathon world record holder.

He also begins his Atlanta Journal-Constitution column on the human body’s ability to run long distances this way.

Doyle offers insight into just how the body manages to run marathons, highlighting its fuel sources, how the cardiovascular system plays a role and the muscles’ response to running long distances.

“With the appropriate training and diligence, most healthy people can complete a marathon,” he writes. “It’s not surprising when you consider for millennia our feet were our primary form of transportation. Our physiology is geared to respond elegantly to the physical stress of running.”

Doyle’s column ran with the newspaper’s April 20 coverage of the Boston Marathon, which saw 32,530 participants running the 26.2-mile course. This year’s race followed a series of events honoring both victims and survivors of last year’s marathon bombings, which killed three people and injured more than 260.

To read the rest of Doyle’s column, visit

Metzler addresses childhood obesity on Television New Zealand

College of Education & Human Development Professor Mike Metzler spoke with Television New Zealand in March about how including more physical education classes in schools could help curb childhood obesity.

“There’s a growing realization that schools should contribute to the goal of having every child be physically active for 60 minutes a day,” Metzler said. “Traditionally, that goal has been the mission of the physical education department and the physical education teacher, but there’s a growing realization that the whole school should share that responsibility and there should be opportunities for physical activity before school, during school and after school in addition to the schedule physical education program.”

Though parents and families also have a role in keeping children active and healthy, Metzler said the schools should take the lead in encouraging students to be physically fit.

“It will take some additional resources and it won’t be easy, but the cost of not trying to do this, the cost of just allowing the trend [of childhood obesity] to go upwards … are much greater than the upfront costs,” he said.

To see the whole interview, visit

Saxton discusses importance of early childhood education with WABE

Clinical Assistant Professor Ruth Saxton recently spoke with WABE, Atlanta’s NPR station, about the importance of quality education for all children.

The story highlights the recently-extended Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program — which supports childcare services for low-income families — and how this early care makes a difference in a child’s development.

“These are years not to be wasted and waiting until formal schooling, but really making sure that the care and education received supports their needs and development, so that later schooling builds on those foundations,” Saxton told WABE’s Martha Dalton.

To read the full story, visit

Lanette L. Suttles Child Development Center named one of Atlanta’s best day care centers

The College of Education & Human Development’s Lanette L. Suttles Child Development Center was named one of the best day care centers in Atlanta, according to a January Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning report.

The Child Development Center was one of only five that received the three-star top honor – meaning the center meets or exceeds program standards set by the state.

The center plays an important role in university research efforts; supports teacher education programs; offers an ideal setting for students from a variety of disciplines to learn about young children through observation, interaction and research; and provides a model of best practice for Georgia’s early learning professionals at all levels of the professional ladder.

For more information about the center, visit