MacDonald Center for Obesity Prevention and Education (COPE)

Conference Announcement  

An Interdisciplinary Approach to Caring for Patients Taking Medical Marijuana, Thursday June 6, 8:45-4:00pm, Driscoll Hall Auditorium Villanova University

For complete details and registration, visit here.

The subject of medical marijuana has become important for practitioners in all disciplines to have awareness. Its use within hospitals and health systems have become critical to manage, and clinicians must have a working knowledge of what to expect when patients are in their care while on medical cannabis.


Webinar Series  

May 17, 2019

Monica Aggarwal, MD

The Role of Inflammation and Diet in Chronic Disease 

Click here for more detail and to register! 

And don't forget you can view all our past webinars by going to our Webinar Archives page. 

novafit challenge

Nutrition Counseling for Villanova Employees - earn NovaFit points! 

Take advantage of this exclusive benefit to employees enrolled in VU's health plan. Now you can earn 50 NovaFit points for each visit with our dietitian. Improve your weight, maximize your nutrition, and better manage existing health conditions in a private, convenient setting. Counseling services are available as a 6-session package or can be customized to fit your needs and lifestyle. Don't delay, schedule your first session today with COPE Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Libby Mills, MS, RD, LDN, FAND! 

Contact Libby today or click here to sign-up online!


NNM 2019

COPE celebrates National Nutrition Month (NNM)! 

Did you know that every March, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics kick off their nutrition and education campaign called National Nutrition Month®? The National Nutrition Month®  campaign is meant to encourage healthy eating habits, to reduce food waste, to increase physical activity and to workd towards global food security and safety. This year, COPE's Dietetic Intern Erica Volpe set up an information and food sampling table in Driscoll Hall for students, staff and faculty! 

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



Through this program, FCN faculty, COPE staff and nursing students train "peer mentors" -  chosen from Martha's Choice Maretplace (MCM) food pantry at Catholic Social Services in Montgomery County -  on strategies for improving nutrition at home and teach them recipes featuring fresh produce and other healthful ingredients available through MCM. For more information, contact COPE Director Rebecca Shenkman. 

To do list

Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting Course for required health professionals  


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 - Julie Anne Smith at 610-519-7538 or Steve Grourke at 610-519-3587.



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


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