Webinar Series

January 2017

The Role of Responsive Parenting in Pediatric Obesity Prevention

Speaker: Jennifer Savage Williams, Ph.D.

Despite recent declines in the prevalence of obesity among preschool children, about 12.7 million children and adolescents, including a disproportionate number of minority and low-income children are affected, placing them at risk for medical and psychological concerns. This webinar will include discussion of pediatric obesity prevention research designed to 1) build, optimize, and evaluate multi-faceted interventions delivered in multiple settings (community, health care, and home) and 2) use an intergenerational approach targeting gestational weight gain to improve maternal/infant health at critical time points in the life cycle.

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To view past webinars, click here.




COPE Breakfast Series 

Sharing Secrets and Successes: Best Practices in Weight Management 

Thank you to everyone you attended this engaging and dynamic event. We heard from a panel of registered dietitians who have made inroads into the obesity fight by using a variety of approaches and evidence-based practices. Panelists elaborated on their clinical perspectives and successful strategies in helping clients and patients achieve lasting lifestyle changes. 

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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.

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Gail and Alicia
Left picture: Libby Mills, COPE dietitian. Right picture: Gail Mitchell, Chef Nutritionist, and Alicia Farrow, Marketing Manager, from Dining Services.

COPE and Dining Services highlight ways to stay healthy on and off campus during Alumni Weekend 2016

Thank you to COPE's Libby Mills and Dining Services' Gail Mitchell and Alicia Farrow for providing alumni with a fabulous session on how we can fit healthy and delicious food into our busy lives. Please contact Rebecca Shenkman if you would like a copy of recipes used during the presentation, including a popcorn trailmix, edamame hummus and peanut butter energy balls.  


Rebecca Libby Health Care Connect

COPE Presents at 4th Annual Health Care Connect Conference at Lankenau Hospital  

Congratulations to Rebecca Shenkman MPH RDN LDN and Libby Mills MS RD LDN FAND who presented at the 4th Annual Health Care Connect Best Practices Conference Living With Being Out of Balance. Their presentation "A Snapshot of Worksite Wellness: Best Practices for Nutrition Counseling" described how employee wellness programs strive to maintain and improve the health and well-being of its participants. The presentation included information on how to establish best practices within worksite wellness, more specifically what Villanova University College of Nursing’s Center for Obesity Prevention and Education is doing to establish a successful and sustainable onsite nutrition counseling program.


Libby Counseling

Nutrition Counseling for Villanova Employees

Take advantage of this exclusive benefit to employees enrolled in VU's health plan. 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 friendly, private 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!


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