New workshop just announced! 

Obesity Stigma and Health flyer

Join us on June 27th from 9AM - 3PM for our summer continuing education workshop where you will learn how to help people achieve a healthy weight while avoiding the detrimental impact of weight bias. 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.

Click here for more details and to access the registration page.


Webinar Series 


Slides and resources for webinar



May 30, 2018

Provider Competences for the Prevention and Management of Obesity

Jeanne Blankenship, MS, RDN

Over one-third of U.S. adults have obesity, yet few health professionals and trainees receive training in the prevention and management of obesity. To fill that critical gap, competencies were designed and recently released for health professionals engaged in obesity prevention and management. Join this webinar to learn more about this much needed step in the right direction – the recent release of provider competencies for the prevention and management of obesity and what it means for you and your profession.

For more details and to register, click here! 


To access all of COPE's archived webinars, please click here.


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.