Webinar Series

May 2017

Measuring excess adiposity in children: What’s the best method?

Speaker: Babette Zemel, PhD  

What is the best way to measure adiposity in children? The CDC estimates obesity affects 17% of children ages 2-19, with higher prevalence in some minority populations. Identifying accurate ways of assessing adiposity is an essential first step in designing an overall treatment plan. BMI charts are widely used and provide an inexpensive method of screening for overweight and obesity, but they pose limitations in certain circumstances.  Advanced body composition methods present an alternative to BMI in measuring adiposity in children but their use is usually limited to the research setting.

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Save the date!

Mind over Matter: Eating with Intention and Attention

COPE Fall Conference

September 15, 2017

Co-Presented by the MacDonald Center for Obesity Prevention and Education and Villavnoa University School of Business

September 15th 2017, COPE and VSB will host a one-day interactive and engaging conference that pairs the evidence-based research on mindfulness and mindful eating techniques used in a healthcare/clinical setting with consumer behavior research on the environment’s impact on mindless eating.

More details and registration coming soon!

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Nutrition Counseling for Villanova Employees

Take advantage of this exclusive benefit to employees enrolled in VU's health plan. Now you can earn 50 NovaFit points for each visit with our dietitian. Are you looking for ways to make lifestyle changes to improve your health? Turn to the COPE dietitians to help you initiate lifestyle change and set realistic health goals through one-on-one counseling. You'll experience personalized attention in a confidential setting. Conveniently on campus, accessible via email and phone and completely confidential, you can meet with COPE Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Libby Mills, MS, RD, LDN, FAND.

Contact Libby today or click here to sign-up online!


Becca and Tracy

COPE participates in National Nutrition Month  

Rebecca Shenkman MPH RDN LDN and Tracy Oliver PhD RDN LDN helped the College of Nursing's students, faculty and staff celebrate National Nutrition Month® by handing out free samples of healthy snacks and educational information on ways to eat better, and raffled off a gift basket filled with items that help make lunch time at work/school easier. National Nutrition Month® is a nutrition education and information campaign created annually in March by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. This year the theme was Put Your Best Fork Forward.  

Lunch n learn

COPE presents Lunch n' Learn for School District of Philadelphia employees

COPE conducted a 1-hour lunch n learn at the Office of Early Childhood Education of The School District of Philadelphia. Talking about how stress can impact food choices, Rebecca Shenkman and Lisa Diewald discussed foods that help combat stress and practical tips to combat a stressful work environment. Contact COPE today to schedule a Lunch n Learn at your office!

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Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting Course for required health professionals  


This course is approved by the Department of Human Services (DHS) and complies with the Pennsylvania Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs continuing education requirements for healthcare professionals. Completion of this course will award two contact hours for nurses and two continuing professional education units for dietitians of training in accordance with Act 31 of 2014 entitled “Child Abuse: Recognition and Reporting” that took effect January 1, 2015.

Register now!


COPE Nutrition Counseling

Giving and Partnership Opportunities


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.


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 Center Director, 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