MacDonald Center for Obesity Prevention and Education (COPE)


Educating the Educators 




Conference Update:


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


Thank you for everyone who participated in this successful conference event! For those who missed the opportunity to join us that day, a recording of each talk will be posted to our Enduring Material CE catalog for purchase and Continuing Education credit soon. Please check our catalog for all our offerings.




POSTPONED! Please check back for a date update. We will notify all previously registered participants of the new date. 


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


March 2020 update: COPE Nutrition Counseling service has gone virtual! 


COPE is now offering VIRTUAL nutrition counseling services to employees under the University’s health plan. 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 that WE can help you work through. Libby Mills is here to listen and guide you through this transitional time. Appointments are now available via phone or Zoom with more dates and times added.  

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


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.  

To do list

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.