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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. 

Research With Impact 



A Study of Dietitians 


Recently launched questionnaire study, COPE is interested in learning about the impact, if any, of the COVID-19 pandemic on the health, well-being, and professional practice of Registered Dietitians. dietitian. COPE understands the need to have Registered Dietitians represented in research that is emerging during this unprecedented health crisis.  







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. 




CHAMPS Lifestyle


The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has altered the daily routines of many Americans, notably frontline healthcare workers. This longitudinal study aims to follow frontline healthcare workers enrolled in the CHAMPS study at multiple timepoints over the next two years to develop an understanding of whether fundamental changes to routines have occurred and, if so, whether and how they impact weight, eating patterns, and physical activity. The findings of this study are key to informing the development of new, and modification of existing, health promotion interventions in the post-COVID-19 environment. Read more on the CHAMPS Ancillary Studies page. 


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. 



Food Access and Food Waste Prevention 




MacDonald Center for Obesity Prevention and Education (COPE) – with Rebecca Shenkman, MPH, RDN, LDN, COPE Director; Lisa Diewald, MS, RD, LDN, COPE Program Manager; and Tracy Oliver, PhD, RDN, LDN, Associate Professor - was awarded a subcontract grant for July 2020-June 2021 with Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services to work on two programs: A Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Program in Lansdale, PA, and a Food Share Table program at Pottstown Middle School. Both programs aim to increase healthy food access and prevent food waste.


Community Commitment 


Customize Your Lunch Plate 


A virtual dining experience with COPE dietitian Libby Mills 


Recordings of Events 

Watch March 30th recorded program  

Watch March 23rd recorded program

Watch March 16th recorded program

Watch March 2nd recorded program 


Recipe and Ingredient Lists 

March 30th Chana Masala With Vegetables

March 23rd Mediterranean Sandwich

March 16th Sweet and Spicy Tuna Nori Rolls

March 2nd Coffee with Frothed Milk, Peanut Butter and Strawberry Quesadilla  


And check out Libby's interview from her radio show Libby's Luncheonette with guests Villanova University's Sarvesh Kulkarni, Vandana Sheth, RD author of My Indian Table, Quick and Tasty Vegetarian Recipes, and Simi from Star of India restaurant.  

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COPE Nutrition Counseling 


Our Winter / Spring Counseling Challenge is here! What are YOU whipping up in your kitchen? Read here for challenge details to win this kitchen gadget gift basket! 


COPE is now offering VIRTUAL nutrition counseling services to employees under the University’s health plan.  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. 

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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.