Fall 2018 Conference Announcement!


Fall 2018 Conference Announcement

Healthy decision making is driven by many factors - psychological, environmental, social and behavioral – which ideally work together to produce an optimal environment conducive to positive health outcomes. But the science behind how we eat and which environmental and behavioral influencers affect our daily food decisions involves a complicated interplay of these factors. Join us and hear from experts in the field that will enlighten, surprise and teach you the latest evidence-based research on new approaches and relevant policies that promote healthy living.  

Click here for more information and to register today! 


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


Webinar Series 

Slides for webinar presentation 



October 17 2018 

Join COPE and presenter Dr. Myles Faith for our October webinar: Parenting Strategies to Combat Pediatric Obesity: Nuts and Bolts, and Debunking Misconceptions

Family-based treatment (FBT) is an empirically-supported treatment model that can deliver significant improvements for children who are overweight. Yet what exactly is FBT and what are the skills parents need to learn and health professionals need to teach to make it a successful weight management treatment? This webinar “lifts the hood” on the FBT model in a solution-focused manner, recognizing the challenges and opportunities for health professionals and primary care.

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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.