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MacDonald Center for Obesity Prevention and Education Partners with Springfield School District

VILLANOVA, Pa. – The MacDonald Center for Obesity Prevention and Education (COPE) housed in the Villanova University College of Nursing, has partnered with the Springfield School District to bring worksite wellness to Delaware County through various programs and workshops intended to encourage employees to make healthy choices.

“Health and wellness education continues to be a critical topic in the workplace, and investments in employee health are proven to improve employee productivity, decrease absenteeism and lower health care costs for the employer,” said Erin Winterhalter, MPH, RDN, LDN, CDE, director of COPE and a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator. “We look forward to working closely with the faculty and staff of the Springfield School District this spring.”

Linda Bellace, director of Human Resources of Springfield School District, identified a need for employee health and wellness education. After researching area registered dietitians who could assist in programming a worksite wellness program, Winterhalter and COPE were called to action. As the school district’s exclusive provider of workplace wellness programs, COPE will provide nutrition seminars, lunch hour Lunch ‘N Learn programs, and will take part in the district’s health fair this spring.

Established in 2011 through the generous support of The MacDonald Family Foundation and The Take Shape for Life Foundation, COPE serves as a locus for interdisciplinary collaboration to prevent obesity through education and research. COPE’s mission 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, COPE supports and develops educational programs and evidence-based services for health professionals, educators, students, families, community groups, worksites and the public.

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