Thank you to everyone who participated in our successful fall conference!


Webinar Series 



December 12 2018 


Join COPE and presenter Dorothy Sears, PhD for our December webinar: The Evidence: Impact of Intermittent Fasting and Food Intake Timing on Cardiometabolic Disease and Cancer Risk


Accumulating evidence shows that eating later in the evening as well as nighttime eating are associated with cardiometabolic disease and cancer risk. Daily practice of fasting during inactive, “sleep” phases of the circadian clock is associated with improved metabolic and breast cancer outcomes. Join us to learn how intermittent fasting may be effective in reducing cardio metabolic and cancer disease risk in some individuals, and how best to communicate and practically implement this strategy.

Click here for more information and to register! 


Extra! Extra! Click here to read all about COPE in our August E-Newsletter!


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. 

go further with food

COPE celebrates National Nutrition Month (NNM)! 

Did you know March was National Nutrition Month? This year's theme was Go Further with Food - the focus being how to reduce wasted food, money and nutrients. Read COPE's NNM newsletter (PDF above) which offers quick tips on how to eat sustainably, resources and recipe links for leftover food creations. Also check out the recording from Libby's Luncheonette Radio Show where COPE dietitians discuss what eating sustainably means and how people can make easy and sustainable changes to their eating behaviors.

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!


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 Prvention 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.