Friday, August 24, 2012

More evidence based reasons to keep the pounds off...

Three recent studies link obesity to diabetes and a higher chance of prostate cancer in men, hypertension and sleep apnea in women and lastly overall mental decline in both sexes.

  • The Urology journal study of 2000 obese men with type 2 diabetes were 4 times as likely to develop high-grade prostate cancer. See the 8/16 article at FoodConsumer.  
  • Swedish researchers published a study in the European Respiratory Journal that looked at 400 women.  Half of the women showed signs of obstructive sleep apnea (OBS). In the women with hypertension, 80% had OBS and of the obese women in the group, 84% had OBS. See article in HealthDay News
  • The journal of Neurology recently reported a study of 6,400 British civil servants and found that  obese people were more likely to experience a faster mental decline than their non-obese peers. If those with obesity also has metabolic syndrome their risk was even higher.  See the 8/20 article in HealthDay News.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

New USPSTF Guidelines on Healthy Lifestyle for Cardiovascular Risk Prevention

The recommendation is for clinicians to selectively counsel patients about healthy lifestyle choices (specifically those at highest risk for CVD) rather than routinely on every patient as the USPSTF has  found sufficient evidence that medium- to high-intensity counseling has a small net benefit on health behaviors and outcomes in adults without CVD, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, or diabetes.
Virginia A. Moyer, MD, MPH; and on behalf of the U.S. Preventive Services TaskForce
Behavioral Counseling Interventions to Promote a Healthful Diet and Physical Activity for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention in Adults: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation Statement.   Annals of Internal Medicine. Published online June 25, 2012. 

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

The "Let's Move!" Initiative has created a new website for cities to help them share best practices and program information for curbing obesity.  See the Philadelphia Inquirer article from July 19, 2012 



Friday, March 16, 2012

COPE Conference discounts extended until 3/19!

COPE conference discount has been extended to March 19th! 

Register this weekend for the pre-conference with Molly Kellogg - Conversations for Change:  Motivational Interviewing for Weight loss and for the conference Weight Management:  What YOU Say Matters!
Featured speakers include:  Kim Huggins, Lisa Davis, Denice Ferko-Adams, Amy Virus, Ann Johnson, Stella Volpe, Marilyn Gaston and Gayle Porter.
Don't miss this valuable opportunity to see these experts share their strategies to communicate the weight management message!  Students receive a 20% discount if they bring their ID to the conference. 

Register with coupon code - student.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Early Bird Registration Ends March 2nd!

The College of Nursing and the COPE center are hosting an interprofessional conference on Weight Management - What YOU Say Matters!
It will be held March 30th and 31st at the Marriott in Conshohocken.
Early Bird Registration discounts end March 2, 2012.  For more information

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

COPE is now an ACSM Approved Provider of Education!

Programs provided by the MacDonld Center for Obesity Prevention and Education will offer ACSM educational credits.

"The American College of Sports Medicine's Professional Education Committee certifies that Villanova University 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"

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

COPE Conference approved by PADAF for RD education hours!

The inaugural COPE Conference entitled Weight Management - Conversation to Committment:  What YOU Say Matters and its preconference Conversations for Change:  Motivational Interviewing in Primary Care hosted by Molly Kellog are officially approved for Registered Dietician educational hours by the Pennsylvania Dietetic Association Foundation (PADAF)!

Space is limited - Click here to Register!