Throughout 2021-22, the COPE Webinar Series will focus on the 10-Year Anniversary theme, "Feeding the Need. Developing Solutions." Join COPE online as it tackles the important topics facing our communities today.


Female speaker

September 22 | 12 - 1 pm ET
Presented by Danielle M. Ostendorf, MS, CEP, PhD
CE Credit: 1 CPEU, 1 Contact Hour 


Losing weight and keeping it off remain arguably the greatest challenges in obesity treatment and research demonstrates there is no “one size fits all” approach. Most weight loss interventions show substantial inter-individual variability in treatment response, and a myriad of factors likely contribute to this substantial variability. A clearer understanding of the factors underlying this variability can potentially lead to treatment approaches with greater long-term effectiveness.  This webinar will review recent literature on factors predicting sustained weight loss maintenance using data-driven approaches and will also examine the relationship between biological, behavioral, psychosocial, and sociodemographic factors in weight loss maintenance vs. weight regain. Implications for future intervention strategies targeting long-term weight loss maintenance will be discussed, which are applicable to dietitians, nurses and other health professionals providing treatment for adults with overweight or obesity.

Upon completing this webiner, the learner will:

  1. Identify reasons for inter-individual variability in response to weight loss interventions
  2. Understand factors influencing long-term weight maintenance and weight gain
  3. Discuss implications for future interventions and obesity treatment strategies

About the Presenter:

Danielle M. Ostendorf, MS, CEP, PhD is a Postdoctoral Fellow at University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, within the Department of Medicine’s Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism. Her work integrates epidemiology, exercise physiology, psychology and biostatistics in understanding nutrition and physical activity behavior and adoption of and adherence to behavioral strategies. Dr. Ostendorf earned her PhD in Epidemiology from the Colorado School of Public Health, has worked on several NIH/NIDDK funded projects and is the author or a co-author on numerous publications focusing on predictors and key drivers of weight loss and weight loss maintenance, including the impact of physical activity and energy expenditure on weight control efforts.


Female presenter

October 27 | 12PM ET
Presented by Eona Harrison, PhD


According to Feeding America, 45 million people may have experienced food insecurity in 2020 in the United States.  While federal nutrition programs are the first line of defense, and charitable feeding provides additional relief, ending food insecurity requires addressing and disrupting the root causes of food insecurity. Often programs and policies addressing food insecurity and other societal concerns are created from published research findings in isolation from the communities they are intended to serve, resulting in limited effectiveness. The Data Walks initiative, created by the Urban Institute, leverages a true partnership between researchers and community members, generating vibrant programs and sustainable solutions. By empowering stakeholders with useful information about their communities and inspiring collective action around areas of concern, the lived experience and perspectives of community members can complement data and lead to more successful community interventions. Join our speaker, Eona Harrison, PhD in learning about Data Walks, how it has been applied successfully in communities experiencing food insecurity, and how it might be used by others in developing flourishing nutrition and public health programming.

Upon completing this webinar, the learner will:

  1. Provide an overview of the root causes of, and potential health implications resulting from, food insecurity in the United States.
  2. Discuss Data Walks, a method of engaging communities in identifying and tackling root causes of food insecurity.
  3. Identify practical applications for using Data Walks in nutrition/public health program planning and development.

About the Presenter:

Eona Harrison, PhD is a senior research associate in the Metropolitan Housing and Communications Policy Center at the Urban Institute in Washington, DC. Dr. Harrison earned her PhD in sociology from University of Maryland and is a trained family demographer and researcher whose work examines areas of racial disparity and general health. In addition to her work with Data Walks and food insecurity issues, she is project manager for the Promoting Adolescent Sexual Health and Safety project, a cluster randomized controlled trial of a community-based curriculum for teens living in public housing.

female presenter with blonde curly hair and glasses

12 - 1 pm ET
Presented by Tracy Oliver, PhD, RDN, LDN
CE Credit: 1 CPEU, 1 Contact Hour

Registration limited to 30 participants.
Be a part of the discussion on the impact of weight bias and weight stigma in health care and ways you, as a health professional, can be part of the solution.  This webinar will review recent literature on weight bias and weight stigma and data-driven approaches to reduce this bias in healthcare.  It will provide practical strategies for practitioners to raise their awareness of weight bias in clinical practice as well as provide tangible examples of how to reduce bias through modified care approaches. Contribute to this valuable discussion through this small interactive webinar.


12 - 1 pm ET
Presented by Nawfal W. Istfan, MD, PhD
CE Credit: 1 CPEU, 1 Contact Hour
Although bariatric surgery is an effective treatment for many patients experiencing  obesity-related comorbidities, weight regain is not an uncommon occurrence 2-5 years following surgery. Dr. Nawfal Istfan, from the Section  of  Endocrinology,  Diabetes,  Nutrition,  and  Weight  Management,  Department  of  Medicine,  Boston  University  School  of  Medicine  and  Boston  Medical  Center, will present a practical approach for the early recognition of weight regain in post-bariatric surgery patients, which can lead to more effective and timely treatment. 




Additional webinars will be added throughout the year. Check back for the latest information on this evolving series.


To receive a CE certificate, you must individually register online for the webinar, attend the full program and complete an online evaluation.

Villanova University M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Villanova University M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing MacDonald Center for Obesity Prevention and Education is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). CDR Credentialed Practitioners will receive 1 Continuing Professional Education unit (CPEU) for completion of this activity.


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