COPE Breakfast Series

Sharing Secrets and Successes: 
Best Practices in Weight Management  

September 14, 2016

During COPE’s breakfast program, attendees 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. Because of the varied experience of the dietitians – from working with bariatric patients, to low-income children in Philadelphia, to the Mainline clientele– our discussion remained dynamic and engaging for over the 40 dietitians and health professionals who were present. Despite the differences in the populations served, common themes emerged from all the dietitians: setting small, realistic and attainable goals, focusing on the positive behavior (i.e., eating smaller portions) not the outcome (losing 10lbs), increasing “touch points” (in-person contact, phone calls, emails), building a strong rapport with clients, and understanding the complex nature of weight management means there is no “one-size fits all” solution. Mobile fitness and food apps and motivational interviewing techniques were common strategies used by dietitians in helping clients and patient achieve lasting lifestyle changes. Attendees joined in the discussion during a question and answer session that rounded out the 2 hour program.


Sharon Howard MS, RD, LDN, CDE, FAND

Brenda Lazin MS, RD, LDN

Ashvini Mashru MA, RD, LDN

John Rickards RD, LDN

Colleen Tewksbury MPH, RD, LDN

For more information, contact Lisa Diewald, MS, RD, LDN, COPE Program Manager, or 610-519-7751




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A Skills-based Motivational Interviewing Workshop

July 13, 2016

Thank you to everyone who attended!

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In June 2013 accreditation was granted with distinction, the highest recognition awarded.

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). 

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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

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