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Obesity, Stigma and Health

Nicholas Frye, MS, LCPC, NCC               Jennifer Christman, RDN, LDN, CPT Behavioral Counseling Manager                 Clinical Nutrition Director
Medifast/Optavia                                         Medifast/Optavia

Weight stigma can lead to depression, anxiety, social isolation, and prevent individuals from seeking health care. People with obesity are at increased risk for many serious diseases and health conditions. So, how can we help people achieve a healthy weight while avoiding the detrimental impact of bias?

Join us for this highly interactive workshop where you will learn practical skills that can be applied immediately in any health or wellness practice. During the program enjoy demonstrations and discussions, and engage in hands-on application of weight stigma-sensitive coaching and counseling combined with motivational interviewing to help your clients make healthy behavioral changes.

1. Describe weight stigma and its detrimental effects.

2. Discuss the medical and public health models of obesity and how they can be used in formulating counseling approaches.

3. Practice stigma-sensitive counseling and motivational interviewing skills to help clients move towards healthy behavioral changes within any environment.  

Early Bird (before June 1st) and group (3 or more) rate: $79 per person
Regular rate: $89
VU Faculty/Student rate: $69

Continuing Education Credits:
4.5 CPEUs for dietitians.

Healthy Decision Making

COPE Healthy decision making

COPE and Villanova School of Business (VSB) hosted a one-day interactive and engaging conference that paired the evidence-based research on mindfulness and mindful eating techniques used in a healthcare/clinical setting with consumer behavior research on food policy and environment’s impact on food choice.

Created for nurses, nurse practitioners, dietitians, health coaches, business professionals and policy experts, the two-part conference included The Mind-Environment Connection: Using Mindfulness to Promote Healthy Choices  and Eating in Context: Perspectives on the Consumer, the Context, and Policy Drivers of Food-related Decisions.

Check out our Op-Ed piece highlighting our conference, published in Morning Consult, written by Rebecca Shenkman MPH RDN LDN and Beth Vallen PhD  

Op-Ed: A New Approach to Combat America's Obesity Epidemic


Speaker Slides

* Rozin_Misguided Perspectives Slides_3 per page.pdf
The Sometimes Misguided Pursuit

Type 2 Diabetes Prevention

This conference will provide an overview of the growing and compelling evidence base for Type 2 diabetes prevention or delay, update practitioners on the latest medications, diet and lifestyle modifications, including physical activity, that form a sound strategy for reversing the alarming trends in prediabetes and Type 2 diabetes prevalence. In addition, guided by experts in the field, practitioners will participate in interactive case studies to hone their skills in diabetes prevention and will hear from a panel of successful weight loss maintainers about their individual journeys and secrets to losing and maintaining a healthier weight, while achieving long term reductions in HgA1c. To leverage these prevention strategies in clinical practice and communities, a review of the National Diabetes Prevention Program research, CDC recognition standards and reimbursement landscape, the brand new Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program (MDPP) launch and requirements will also be discussed. Opportunities for DSMES programs and diabetes educators to house their own DPP program will be presented, along with ample resources and support. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Detail the 30 years of global research on the prevention and/or delay of type 2 diabetes.
  • Identify the research conducted to date on the use of glucose lowering medications and incorporation of physical activity to prevent and/or delay type 2 diabetes. 
  • Challenge and/or reinforce HCP strategies, tools, and techniques to support clients in their weight management/healthy lifestyle efforts through a panel discussion using an interview format with successful “losers” and HCP counselors/coaches.  
  • Explain the evidence base for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)'s National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP)
  • Discuss the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program requirements


Hope S. Warshaw, MMSc, RD, CDE, BC-ADM, FAADE 
Leslie E. Kolb RN, BSN, MBA
Gary Scheiner MS, CDE



Slides to print for conference

Practical Nutrition for NPs

Building a united healthcare team, with nurses on the frontlines of care, can help bridge the gap in the nutritional care management of patients. Health professionals are beginning to recognize the need and opportunities for collaboration and integration of clinical care and community systems to prevent and mitigate obesity and other nutrition-related disease states.  This workshop is designed as an inter-disciplinary program to educate the target audience of Nurse Practitioners.  This program will address the benefits of working inter-professionally with Registered Dietitian-Nutritionists (RDN) and NPs to address obesity and other nutrition-related disease states to achieve results that cannot be achieved by a single health professional. This approach addresses the education gap of nutrition management that integrates partners in evidence-based health care delivery.

Learning Objectives:

1. Review the epidemiology and current state of the obesity epidemic.

2. Discuss strategies to minimize bias towards and discrimination against people with obesity.

3. Explain the skills and competencies of other health professionals – i.e., dietitians – necessary for effective inter-professional collaboration and integration of clinical and community care for obesity and other nutrition-related disease states.

Speakers and topics:

Lisa Diewald, MS RDN LDN, Tracy Oliver, PhD RDN LDN, & Rebecca Shenkman MPH RDN LDN     
Obesity Stigma and Sensitivity Training

Erin Caroulis, MPH, RD, LDN, CDE        
Diabetes Nutrition for the Nursing Professional

Andrea M. Barnes, MS, RD, LDN, FAND
Geriatric Nutrition Recommendations for the Continuum of Care

Audrey Caspar-Clark, RD, LDN, CSO
Nutritional Issues in the Cancer Patient

Sharon H. Hangliter MS, RD, CNSC, LDN
Clinical Nutrition: Dispelling Myths, Embracing Realities

Agenda, Presenter Slides and Resources to Print 


For more information on past or future COPE events, contact Rebecca Shenkman, COPE Director at or 610-519-5931.


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ANCC Accredited Provider

In June 2013 accreditation was granted with distinction, the highest recognition awarded.

Villanova University Fitzpatrick College of Nursing  / Center for Obesity Prevention and Education (COPE) is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). 

CPE accredited Provider

The American College of Sports Medicine's Professional Education Committee certifies that Villanova University Fitzpatrick College of Nursing Continuing Education / Center for Obesity Prevention and Education (COPE) meets the official criteria for official ACSM Approved Provider status from (2012 - 2015).  Providership # 698849

ACSM Approved Provider

Non-Endorsement Statements

ACSM approved providership of this program does not imply endorsement of the sponsoring organization’s products/services.

Accredited status does not imply endorsement by Villanova University or ANCC of any commercial products displayed or used with an activity.

Continuing Professional Education Accredited Provide Status does not constitute endorsement by CDR of a provider, program or materials.