Webinar Series

June 2016

Robin Boudette, Ph.D.  

Mindful Eating for Healthy Living

This webinar offers an overview of benefits and essential components of mindful eating.  Begin the webinar with a mindfulness practice, then hear about mindful eating skills that can be helpful with patients or clients including methods such as: the hunger and fullness scale, working with cravings, and the power of facing lapses.  Since negative thinking becomes a trigger for overeating, find out more about the value of and steps towards establishing self–compassion.  This webinar will provide you with three critical tools to apply with your patients and clients to assist them in experiencing a new freedom with food.  

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Moving People from Resistance to Willingness: A Skills-based Motivational Interviewing Workshop

Do you counsel those who are constantly resistant to your efforts? Do they continue to throw excuses at every suggestion you make?

Join us for this highly interactive workshop to learn practical skills that can be applied immediately in any health or wellness practice. During the program enjoy demonstrations and discussions, and engage in a hands-on application of motivational interviewing. This evidence-based strategy has proven to help people take control of their own health, chronic conditions, and make significant lifestyle changes.

5.5 CPEUs for RDN registrants, 5.5 contact hours awarded to RN registrants, & 5.5 CECs awarded to fitness professional registrants.

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RD Breakfast Series 

Sharing Secrets and Successes: Best Practices in Weight Management 

Feeling “stuck”? Looking for ways to boost your effectiveness in working with clients and patients on weight management issues? Need some new ideas to incorporate into your practice? 

During this breakfast program hear 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 will elaborate on their clinical perspectives and successful strategies in helping clients and patients achieve lasting lifestyle changes. 

An exchange of ideas, problem-solving strategies and tips will round out the program. Join in the dialogue. Discover a few new ideas —and share a couple of yours! 

2 CPEUs for dietitians/DTRs 

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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