MacDonald Center for Obesity Prevention and Education (COPE)


Educating the Educators 




Conference Announcement


Nutrition Future Forward: Are We Ready for Out of the Box Thinking? 


This COPE continuing education symposium takes a contemporary look at targeted health and nutrition topics that will challenge you to rethink-and refine-conventional practice while opening doors to fresh ideas. Digestive wellness, culinary literacy, preventing metabolic adaptation during weight loss and the potential health and nutrition implications of cannabis use… forward-thinking, transformative topics that build upon foundational knowledge while equipping you with new skills and knowledge to best meet clientele and patient needs.


Driscoll Hall, March 6th 

6 CPEUs, 6 Contact Hours awarded

Details and Registration! 




March 2020

Presenter: Tanja Kral, Ph.D

Early life risk factors for obesity in children with Autism Spectrum 


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



online courses



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 (2 CPEUs) for $20. 



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. 


novafit challenge


COPE and NovaFIT's Maintain Not Gain Health Challenge Begins

October 2019-January 2020

NovaFIT and COPE are excited to announce its Maintain Not Gain Challenge for VU employees enrolled in VU's heath benefits. The period between Halloween and the New Year is, without a doubt, the most challenging part of a weight maintainer's year. Let COPE’s dietitian Libby Mills help guide you through this time and earn extra NovaFIT points! Meet with Libby four times from October 2019 through January 2020, monitor your weight, learn a different approach to food during the holiday season and stay accountable for your health through the holidays. Contact Libby today or click here to sign-up online!






COPE's E-Newsletter and E-Nutrition Newsletters are here!   

* COPE E-News December 2019.pdf
* Wellness Wisdom December 2019.pdf

Research with Impact 


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.