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Save the date!  May 19th 5PM-7PM

The MacDonald Center for Obesity Prevention and Education and Philadelphia Dietetics Association are proud to co-host:

EPIC®: Pediatric Obesity Evaluation Treatment and Prevention in Community Settings

Villanova University College of Nursing, Driscoll Hall

March 2015

Nicholas D. Frye, LCPC, NCC, DCC  

Motivational Interviewing: Overcoming Client Resistance to Change

Do your clients or patients seem to resist your best efforts to help them? Many health practitioners feel they cycle between making progress and facing opposition by their clients or patients when advocating for behavior change. Join us for this webinar to discover how to use Motivational Interviewing to overcome resistant behavior and begin down the path to successful counseling.

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.

COPE Partners with Springfield School District 

COPE continues to bring worksite wellness to Delaware County.  COPE had another successful semester partnering with Springfield School District this past Fall 2014. COPE was called to action in Spring 2014 as the district’s exclusive provider of nutrition services and was excited to continue this relationship into the following school year. COPE provided such services as one-on-one dietitian consults, creation of employee wellness bulletin boards and writing wellness content for the school district’s newsletter.  

“We look forward to a continued relationship with the faculty and staff of Springfield School District and hope more school districts will be as proactive about health and value the wellbeing of their employees like Springfield,” says COPE’s Interim Director Rebecca Shenkman.

 

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.

 

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.

A mother's health, before and during pregnancy, can affect her child's weight. Read more here.

Congress disapproves of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee looking at environmental aspects of diet. Click here to read more.  

Bigger serving dishes can cause children to consume more food. The authors of this study – read it here – conclude that bigger bowls cause kids to request nearly twice as much food, leading to increased intake as well as higher food waste.  Just like with adults, decreasing the size of plates and bowls may be an easy way to prevent over-consumption.

High body mass index (BMI) and large waist linked to hearing loss in women.  A new study has found that even after controlling for age, smoking, diabetes, hypertension, etc., that higher body mass index was correlated with a greater risk for hearing loss. A similar increased risk was associated with a larger waist circumference. A lead author suggests one possible explanation could be that obesity might compromise blood flow to the inner ear. Read more about this interesting discovery here.

The healthiest diets cost just $1.50 more than unhealthy diets. A team from the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) conducted a meta-analysis of 27 studies that compared price points for healthy and less healthy diets. In general, healthier options like fruits, vegetables and fish are more expensive than unhealthy and processed foods but the overall net difference of swapping unhealthy food choices for healthier ones added up to $1.50 more per day. To read more about these findings, click here.

Institute of Medicine (IOM) releases Creating Equal Opportunities for a Healthy Weight - Workshop Summary. To download the report, click here.American Heart Association (AHA), American College of Cardiology (ACC) and The Obesity Society (TOS) Release New Obesity Treatment Guidelines  The AHA, ACC and TOS have collaborated to publish clinical practice guidelines on comprehensive treatment recommendations to help healthcare providers tailor weight loss treatments to adult patients affected by overweight or obesity. The evidence- based recommendations come from a systematic evidence review that summarizes the current literature on the risks of obesity and the benefits of weight loss.   Click here for The Obesity Society press release.

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) Supports the Sesame Workshop and the Produce Marketing Association collaboration with the Let’s Move! Campaign.  AND supports any effort to minimize food marketing of unhealthy foods to children and commends First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! Initiative which has recently focused on identifying solutions for improving marketing to kids to encourage healthier food consumption. This new deal intends to help promote fresh fruit and vegetable consumption to kids.   Click here to read more about the AND press release.

The FDA proposes to eliminate trans-fat completely by retracting the GRAS (generally recognized as safe) claim. This major public health advancement will greatly improve the cardiac health of our general population.   http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/08/health/fda-trans-fats.html?emc=edit_na_20131107&_r=0

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.