ATLANTA—Howell Wechsler will be the featured speaker at the 2nd Annual Mike and Terry Metzler Distinguished Lecture, scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 22, at 2 p.m. in Georgia State University’s Speaker’s Auditorium (55 Gilmer St. SE, Atlanta, GA 30303).
He will give a presentation entitled, “With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility: Strategies for Increasing the Power of Physical Education to Fulfill Its Responsibility.”
Howell Wechsler is director of U.S. programs for FHI 360, a nonprofit international development organization that implements projects to promote public health, education, workforce development, early childcare and education, and disabilities services. His previous positions include CEO of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, one of the nation’s leading nonprofit organizations helping schools improve physical education and nutrition services; and director of the Division of Adolescent and School Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where he led efforts to collect data on youth physical activity and school physical education policies and practices; identify evidence-based best practices for schools in promoting physical activity; and help schools implement those best practices.
In his presentation, Wechsler will describe the current state of school-based physical education in the U.S. and lay out the vision of a comprehensive school physical activity program. He will highlight the profound contributions that physical education can make to help address many of our nation’s most critical challenges in areas such as public health, education, youth development, economic development and national security. The lecture will conclude with a consideration of strategies that can be used by physical education advocates to effectively champion their cause.
The purpose of the Metzler Distinguished Lecture, founded by Georgia State retired faculty members Mike and Terry Metzler, is to feature scholarship, research, policy and programs that promote physical activity for healthy living.
This event is free and open to the public; however, registration is encouraged. To register, click here.
The lecture will be livestreamed. To access the livestream, click here.