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COPE is offering nutrition counseling here on campus.

Now you can receive free nutrition counseling through the MacDonald Center for Obesity Prevention and education (COPE). This is exclusive for Villanova employees enrolled in Villanova’s health benefits plan! Whether you are seeking to eat better, lose weight or help prevent or manage a medical condition, COPE is here to help. Meet privately with a Registered Dietitian here on campus to develop a personalize plan to help you meet your nutrition, wellness, and overall health goals. As we all know proper nutrition is an important component of overall health. Please check back to our website for future announcements of dates and how to schedule appointments. Contact Rebecca Shenkman, MPH RDN LDN – Interim Director of COPE – with any questions at rebecca.shenkman@villanova.edu.

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June 2015

Susan Silberstein PhD

Fight Cancer with Your Fork!

Join us to hear from an award winning speaker on ways that dietary choices can affect cancer risk and cancer outcome. Diet plays a powerful role in cancer prevention and survival. Many health professionals acknowledge the role of diet in cancer prevention but underestimate the role it can play in cancer survival.  Nurses do not generally receive in-depth education in nutrition, and dietitians and fitness professionals tend to focus on protein-calorie malnutrition and macronutrient imbalances. Come learn about the diet and cancer connection and about which foods can increase and decrease susceptibility to cancer.

Click here for more details and registration.  This webinar is provided FREE of charge.

COPE and the Philadelphia Freedom Valley YMCA working together to keep kids healthy!

The MacDonald Center for Obesity Prevention and Education (COPE) has partnered with the Philadelphia Freedom Valley YMCA to implement “Wild for Wellness,” a pediatric obesity prevention after school program at the Christian Street YMCA in Philadelphia. The program involves children ages 10 to 14 years old and began in January. Wild for Wellness educates students on healthy eating habits as well as provides the children with an opportunity to participate in regular physical activity. Expected outcomes of the program include increased exposure to nutrition education and physical activity for children who may not have had access otherwise. The program is funded by a one-year Aetna Foundation, GoLocal: Cultivating Healthy Communities grant.  The Aetna Foundation, a national foundation based in Hartford, Conn. supports projects to promote wellness, health and access to high quality health care for everyone.

Corporate Sponsorship

Here at COPE, we welcome the opportunity to collaborate with sponsors who share similar interests with our network of health professionals. As a sponsor of our monthly webinar series, your company will gain visibility with leaders in nursing, dietetics and fitness and be able to highlight your products and services. Since October 2012, COPE has attracted, on average, more than 400 participants for each free webinar. Don’t miss the chance to strengthen your image, build brand awareness and remind our listeners of your product over a period of weeks and months. Advertise today with leaders in the health community!  For more information contact Rebecca Shenkman MPH, RDN, LDN or 610.519.5931.

Partnership

Does your group share COPE's mission? The Center is interested in aligning with organizations having similar visions, such as governmental agencies, corporations, foundations, schools, other colleges and universities, and coalitions.  Start a conversation by contacting Rebecca Shenkman MPH, RDN, LDN or 610.519.5931.

Giving

The MacDonald Center for Obesity Prvention and Education (COPE) is an non-profit organization.  To make a charitable tax-deduction directly to COPE please contact the College Development Officer - Julie Anne Smith or at 610-519-7538

Contact List

Be the first to know about our webinars and conferences. Join our mailing list by completing the COPE Contact Form.

The Philadelphia Tribune, November 2014

The Healthy Futures program - a multimillion child obesity prevention program funded by the Independence Blue Cross Foundation - was once again featured with Villanova University College of Nursing MacDonald Center for Obesity Prevention and Education noted as a partner for the Eat Right component of the program. Read the full artice here

The Christian Science Monitor

COPE’s Interim Director Rebecca Shenkman MPH RDN LDN comments on the recent decision by urban school districts to phase out antibiotic raised chicken served to school children. Read the full artice here. 

US News & World Report

Looking for some good advice? See what COPE's director Erin Winterhalter had to say to a US News & World Report reporter on 'Healthy' Foods You Shouldn't Be Eating. The story was also picked up by Yahoo  http://news.yahoo.com/healthy-foods-shouldnt-eating-134539641.html

NBC10

Erin Winterhalter, Director of COPE, offered expert commentary to NBC10 yesterday for their story on the FDA banning of trans fats. http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/video/#!/news/local/The-FDA-Bans-Trans-Fats/231065151

The Philadelphia Tribune

Blue Cross launches health campaign in 20 area schools  http://www.phillytrib.com/healtharticles/item/10581-blue-cross-launches-health-campaign-in-20-area-schools.html

The Philadelphia Inquirer

Five Phila.-area schools to begin wellness program   http://www.philly.com/philly/news/local/20130822_Five_Phila_-area_schools_to_begin_wellness_program.html 

 

Background

Obesity rates in the United States have reached epidemic levels and impacts people of all ages, races and socioeconomic levels. The rise in obesity and its related diseases has led to a call to action from all segments of society.  In response to this urgent need, the College of Nursing at Villanova University established the MacDonald Center for Obesity Prevention and Education (COPE).

Established in 2011 through the generous support of The MacDonald Family Foundation and The Take Shape for Life Foundation, the Center serves as a locus for interdisciplinary collaboration in the prevention of obesity through education and research.  It will support and foster the growing need for development of healthy lifestyles and behaviors among Americans. 

Mission

The mission of the MacDonald Center for Obesity Prevention and Education is to serve as a model for education and research that promotes healthy weight management and the prevention and reduction of obesity-related diseases across the lifecycle. 

A non-profit, the Center will support and develop educational programs and evidence-based services for health professionals, educators, students, families, community groups, worksites and the public. 

Goals

Through the united expertise of physicians, nurses, dietitians and other health professionals, the MacDonald Center for Obesity Prevention and Education will develop strategic initiatives to address the obesity epidemic nationally and globally.  The Center's goals are to:

1.      Provide continuing education programs on obesity and obesity-related disease for health professionals and educators.

2.      Enhance the education of nursing and other college students in nutrition, obesity prevention and health promotion strategies.

3.      Partner with health agencies, organizations and corporations to develop best practice programs for populations that are significantly impacted by health disparities and the obesity epidemic.

4.      Participate in research to expand resources that support evidence-based approaches for obesity prevention and intervention.

Non-Endorsement Statements

ACSM approved providership of this program does not imply endorsement of the sponsoring organization’s products/services.

Accredited status does not imply endorsement by Villanova University or ANCC of any commercial products displayed or used with an activity.

Continuing Professional Education Accredited Provide Status does not constitute endorsement by CDR of a provider, program or materials.

ANCC Accredited Provider

Villanova University College of Nursing  / Center for Obesity Prevention and Education (COPE) is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR).

In June 2013 accreditation was granted with distinction, the highest recognition awarded.

Accreditation

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The American College of Sports Medicine's Professional Education Committee certifies that Villanova University College of Nursing Continuing Education / Center for Obesity Prevention and Education (COPE) meets the official criteria for official ACSM Approved Provider status from (2012 - 2015).  Providership # 698849

COPE healthy holiday eating tips

Check out this sensible advice from COPE Interim Director Rebecca Shenkman, MPH, RDN, LDN for the Healthy Futures initiatives with Independence Blue Cross. COPE is a partner in Healthy Futures which aims to fight pediatric obesity and promote wellness. To read the full artice click here.

COPE Joins STOP Obesity Alliance

The MacDonald Center for Obesity Prevention and Education (COPE) based in the College of Nursing at Villanova University has recently been accepted as an Associate Member of the STOP Obesity Alliance, housed in The George Washington University School of Public Health.

“It is a great honor to be a part of the Alliance,” says COPE’s Director Erin Winterhalter, MPH, RD, LDN, CDE. The Alliance Steering Committee is comprised of national level organizations (for instance the American Heart Association, American Medical Group Association, The Obesity Society, and CDC) and is led by Scott Kahan, MD, MPH, director of the National Center for Weight and Wellness at GWU School of Public Health & Health Services.

The Alliance identifies and removes the public and private policy barriers that hinder prevention and management of overweight and obesity. The group takes action and makes recommendations to address obesity. “We will share research, join efforts on similar projects, and attend meetings with other associate members,” notes Winterhalter.

 

COPE Partners with Springfield School District 

The MacDonald Center for Obesity Prevention and Education (COPE), housed in the College of Nursing at Villanova University, brings worksite wellness to Delaware County in 2014. It’s a critical topic today since investments in employee health can improve employee productivity, decrease absenteeism and lower health care costs for the employer.

Springfield School District’s Director of Human Resources, Linda Bellace, identified a need for her staff and sought area registered dietitians who could assist her in programming a worksite wellness program. COPE was called to action as the district’s exclusive provider of nutrition seminars on professional development days, lunch n’ learns during the lunch hour, and will be a part of the district’s health fair this spring.

“We look forward to working closely with the faculty and staff of Springfield School District this spring,” says COPE’s director Erin Winterhalter.

 

Could programmed gut bacteria be the key to suppressing appetite? Scientists are working on creating gut bacteria that could act as an internal appetite suppressant.  However, it may be a long time before it will be available for human use.

Study shows that a Los Angeles ban on fast food did little to combat obesity. However, small retail stores with quick, calorie heavy treats may have a greater effect on people’s food buying habits.  

A recent study finds that oxytocin nasal spray may reduce food intake and insulin sensitivity.  The study, which was conducted on a small group of men, had promising results.

Depression is linked to lower dietary quality and higher BMI.  A new study suggests that mental health interventions may have broad benefits for residents living in food deserts and experiencing depression.

Children who are heavy television viewers are likely to carry the habit into adulthood. In addition, frequent viewers in childhood are more likely to report “fair” or “poor” health and to be overweight or obese as adults.

Obesity may raise women’s cancer risk by 40%.  According to a British study, obese women have a one in four risk of developing weight-related cancers, such as cancers of the bowel, uterus, pancreas, and esophagus.

Consider holistic approaches to children’s nutrition for better overall health. The American Academy of Pediatrics says it is best to focus on a whole diet pattern, rather than focusing on reducing or eliminating specific nutrients like salt or sugar.

Food additives may have a link to obesity and digestive problems . Emulsifiers may affect alter gut bacteria, leading to intestinal inflammation and weight gain.

Food consumption habits around the world are worsening day by day. With increased advertising of junk food and little being done about this, countries are finding that their children are becoming stunted in height and more obese. Find out more here.

Currently, each obese child will cost $19,000 for a lifetime of medical costs. This is compared to the estimated cost of $12,900 for normal-weight children who gain weight in adulthood. The cost is yet another reason why reducing childhood obesity is a public health priority. Read more here.

Do you want to read about a specific community that came together to fight against the epidemic of childhood obesity? Click here to learn of the successes of this community and to be inspired to follow their lead to encourage health in your own community.

Despite commonly held belief that diet soda may be a healthier alternative, a recent study shows that diet soda intake is directly linked to an increase in abdominal obesity in adults 65 years and older. This may secondarily increase the risk of metabolic syndrome and cardiovascular diseases.

The Mediterranean diet strikes gold again. A new study found that women who ate a diet high in vegetables, fruits, whole grains and olive oil, and low in dairy products and meat, had longer telomeres. Telomeres, simply put, are biomarkers of aging. The Mediterranean diet can do no wrong!

Some health care providers have discovered a simple idea to deal with the complex problem of obesity... "prescribe" fruits and vegetables.

What is the Food and Drug Administration doing these days to combat obesity? It is requiring chain restaurants, movie theaters and pizza parlors across the country to post calorie counts on menus. You may want to start bringing your own popcorn to the movies!

Have major beverage manufacturers made any improvements in recent years in the products they develop and advertise to young children?  Check out the latest report from the Rudd Center Sugary drink marketing to youth: some progress but much room to improve for a comprehensive look into how, if at all, the sugary drink nutrition and marketing landscape has changed.

Recent study suggests adverse metabolic effects with any increase in BMI among young adults within the non-obese weight range. However, modest weight loss was accompanied by multiple favorable changes in the systemic metabolite profile.

We all need our sleep – children and adults alike! One study correlates insufficient sleep and sleep-disordered breathing in children as risk factor for childhood obesity.

COPE Nutrition Counseling

Giving and Partnership Opportunities

Giving

The MacDonald Center for Obesity Prvention and Education (COPE) is a non-profit organization.  To make a charitable tax-deduction directly to COPE please contact the College Development Officer - Julie Anne Smith or at 610-519-7538 or Edward Stephen, Director of Development, The College of Nursing 610-519-5315.

Partnership

Does your group share COPE's mission? The Center is interested in aligning with organizations having similar visions, such as governmental agencies, corporations, foundations, schools, other colleges and universities, and coalitions.  Start a conversation by contacting Rebecca Shenkman MPH, RDN, LDN or 610.519.5931.

Sponsors and Exhibitors

As a non-profit Center, COPE supports collaboration in the prevention of obesity.

For details on how you can become a Sponsor or Exhibitor email louisa.zullo@villanova.edu

Contact Information

Be the first to know about our webinars and conferences.  Join our mailing list by completing the COPE Contact Form.  

Want to contact us? Reach Rebecca Shenkman, COPE Program Manager at  rebecca.shenkman@villanova.edu or 610.519.5818.