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Healthy Decision Making in a Food-Rich Environment



Part I: The Mind—Environment Connection: Using Mindfulness to Promote Healthy Choices


Part II: Eating in Context: Perspectives on the Consumer, the Context, and Policy Drivers of Food-related Decisions  


For complete details and registration click here!


Taste of summer

Introducing COPE's first cooking workshop: The Taste of Summer Cooking Program!



Join one of Villanova COPE's dietiitans, Libby Mills MS RD LDN FAND, for a 2-hour tour of your culinary senses.


For complete details and registration click here!  


Webinar Series

September 2017

Global Food Policy to Prevent Obesity: Current Evidence and Recommendations 

In recent years, regulatory options such as soda taxes and front of package warning labels at the city, state and national level have emerged as key levers for improving diet and reducing obesity. Are these policies having an effect? This webinar will outline current key policies for obesity prevention, explore the evidence behind them as well as examine other current obesity prevention options being implemented in the US and across the globe.

For more details and to register, click here!

NP workshop STD

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February 23, 2018


Practical Nutrition Workshop for NPs


More details and registration coming this fall!

novafit challenge

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!


Gail food demo

Practical Nutrition Strategies for Nurse Practitioners 1-day class presented by COPE   

As part of a 1-day nutrition class that COPE coordinated and implemented for Adult-Gero Nurse Practitioners, we welcomed Gail Mitchell of Villanova Dining Services, and member of COPE's Advisory Committee, who demonstrated to students how to make a quick, healthy, and delicious meal with in-season ingredients.  

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!

To do list

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