February 2014

Obesity and Down Syndrome: Strategies for Health Professionals

Join us for Part II of our Obesity and Special Needs series which will focus on treatment methods for overweight and obese individuals with Down syndrome. From medical concerns to eating behaviors, increase your understanding of the factors that contribute to weight gain in this population.  The ability for individuals with Down syndrome to make food choices for behavior change as an independent versus shared process is discussed. Health professionals will review how to best support this behavior change process to enable others to attain a balanced lifestyle.

Joan Medlen, MEd, RD

Joan Medlen, MEd, RD focuses her work on health promotion and nutrition-related concerns for children, teens and adults with Down syndrome, their families, and those who support them – including health care providers. She has written books, articles, created educational materials, and presented around the world to professionals and parents incorporating best practices in health care, communication, health literacy, and universal design for learning to reduce obesity and encourage quality health.

Title:            Obesity and Down Syndrome: Strategies for Health Professionals
Date:            Wednesday, February 26th
Time:           12:00PM - 1:00PM EST
CE Credit:   1.0 contact hour, 1.0 CPE

Reserve your webinar seat now! The webinar is FREE!

Upon completing this activity, the learner will be able to:

  • List common nutrition-related concerns more prevalent among individuals with Down syndrome that can contribute to weight management concerns.
  • Identify effective ways to improve teaching, coaching methods for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

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Details on CE Credits
To receive a CE certificate, you must individually register online for the webinar, attend the full program and complete an online evaluation.

Villanova University College of Nursing is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center Commission on Accreditation.

Villanova University College of Nursing / Center for Obesity Prevention and Education (COPE) is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider (VN0001) with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR).

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 - Julie Anne Smith at 610-519-7538 or 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 Center Director, Rebecca Shenkman MPH, RDN, LDN or 610.519.5931.

Sponsors and Exhibitors


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