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MacDonald Center for Obesity Prevention and Education (COPE)


Educating the Educators 


Webinar Series and Archives 


Check out our Webinar Series page for updated information on our fall 2020 speaker and topic line-up, including slides of presentations to download, and watch past webinars on our Webinar Archives page.   



Continuing Opportunities for Professional Education



Did you miss that webinar or conference speaker you really wanted to hear speak? Need last minute continuing education credit for licensure? You are now able to access our library of continuing education recordings and receive continuing education credit for viewing and taking our quick assessment. Use coupon code Coupon20 at checkout for 2 courses for $20. 

** Attention Dietitians: CDR has approved an expansion of the Activity Type 175: Recorded Pre-Approved maximum CPEUs to 45 CPEUs for RDs and 30 CPEUs for DTRs for all cycles that are currently active. Starting with cycles beginning June 2, 2021, the maximum CPEUs will return to 30 CPEUs for RDs and 20 for DTRs.  


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COPE Nutrition Counseling


Fall 2020 update: We've Gone Virtual! 


COPE is now offering VIRTUAL nutrition counseling services to employees under the University’s health plan. And starting June 1, your 6 FREE visits have reset for the year. Even if you’re used to working from home one or two days a week, having to work from home ALL week is certainly a break in the routine, and this break certainly comes with eating and exercise pitfalls. Libby Mills is here to listen and guide you through this transitional time. Appointments are now available via two-way video communication.  Sign-up online via Microsoft Teams!


For those already with booked appointments, download this Telehealth Permission Form to sign and review before your first session with Libby. 


And check out our fall 2020 Nutrition Newsletter! 


Wondering if telehealth can really work? Go to these sites to learn about the beneficial health impacts from telehealth counseling:

Telehealth and Weight 

Telehealth and Blood Sugar 







Villanova Nursing Launches National COVID-19 Study of Health Care, First Responder and Service Workers

The M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing at Villanova University has launched the national COVID-19 Caring About Health for All Study (CHAMPS) of healthcare, first responder, and service workers for the healthcare system during the COVID-19 pandemic. The objective of CHAMPS is to assess the short and long-term physical, social, and behavioral health of all who were involved in supporting or delivering care for COVID-19 patients. The confidential study takes about 20 minutes to complete. Read more on the CHAMPS Study page. 


Community Commitment 


Weight Bias 


Negative attitudes about individuals with excess weight – can have a negative and lasting impact on the quality of healthcare these individuals receive. The COPE team recognizes the important role that healthcare professionals play in addressing the problem of weight bias. COPE now offers a one-hour weight bias sensitivity training tailored for the nursing profession and approved for one contact hour of continuing education. Please contact Rebecca Shenkman, COPE Director, for more information and to schedule this training at your site.


As featured on the STOP Obesity Alliance's website. 


Research With Impact 


Community Cooks


COPE and FCN team up with Catholic Social Services for its Community Cooks program



COPE continues its work with Catholic Social Services (CSS) and Martha’s Choice Marketplace (MCM) in Norristown, PA to promote nutrition education through its peer mentor training program. WATCH OUR VIDEO and hear from members of the CSS and MCM community who have been positively impacted by this partnership.


And check out our recent publication in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior: Barriers to Healthy Eating in a Community that Relies on an Emergency Food Pantry.  


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Attention Pennsylvania Dietitians!


Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting Course for required health professionals  


As a dietitian and licensed health professional, you are required to complete child abuse training as a condition of issuance of your initial license and for your license renewal. Find everything you need right here in this course! This course is approved by the Department of Human Services (DHS) and complies with the Pennsylvania Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs continuing education requirements for healthcare professionals. Completion of this course will award two contact hours for nurses and two continuing professional education units for dietitians of training in accordance with Act 31 of 2014 entitled “Child Abuse: Recognition and Reporting” that took effect January 1, 2015.


Register now!


Giving and Partnership Opportunities


The MacDonald Center for Obesity Prevention and Education (COPE) is a non-profit organization. To make a charitable tax-deduction directly to COPE please CLICK HERE TO DONATE ONLINE and follow the directions.

If you prefer to send a check, please contact the College Development Officer Robert Hill at 610-519-7620.



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 COPE Director, Rebecca Shenkman MPH, RDN, LDN or 610.519.5931.

Sponsors and Exhibitors


For details on how you can become a Sponsor or Exhibitor for our upcoming events, please email  Rebecca Shenkman, COPE Director.