The Research Training/Education Core will be supervised by Rodney Lyn Ph.D, Assistant Professor in the Institute of Public Health. He teaches cultural competence and health policy courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level, and has a long history of commitment to training and education at all levels. His research focuses on promoting physical activity and healthful eating to address childhood obesity. A project of primary focus is Policy Leadership for Active Youth (PLAY), a collaborative effort between the state’s research universities and statewide partners to address childhood obesity through public policy. He recently completed an evaluation of Georgia school districts’ local wellness policies. Prior to joining the faculty at Georgia State University, Dr. Lyn coordinated school-based and community-based obesity prevention interventions through work at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health and Georgia State University’s Department of Nutrition. Dr. Lyn did his advanced training at GSU and is thus well-positioned to coordinate the CoEX’s training and education efforts at all levels.