Villanova University’s College of Nursing and the MacDonald Center for Obesity Prevention and Education (COPE) are very pleased to announce that this webinar is being co-provided with the Society of Nutrition Education and Behavior (SNEB) and with the Nutrition Educators of Health Professionals (NEHP) Dietetic Practice Group.

This session explores simulation learning as an innovative method to promote advancement of skills among practitioners in the areas of assessment, education and counseling of obese clients.  Case studies and simulation activities help to evaluate program proficiencies and identify inadequacies linked to counseling skills. Lessons learned from a pilot for nursing and dietetic students at Villanova University College of Nursing will also be discussed.


Marcia Costello, PhD, RD, LDN has been a faculty member with the College of Nursing of Villanova University for the past 28 years.  An Assistant Professor, she currently teaches in both the undergraduate and graduate nursing program and is a doctoral student dissertation advisor.

Denice Ferko-Adams, MPH, RD, LDN is the Director of the MacDonald Center for Obesity Prevention and Education for two years.  She brings over 20 years of experience as president of Wellness Press, a worksite wellness consultant.   Ferko-Adams has worked as adjunct faculty for Marywood University’s dietetic program and for Alvernia University’s nursing program.  A member of NEHP, she has held many leadership roles including president of the Pennsylvania Dietetic Association and delegate for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Title:            Spring into Active Learning – Use Simulation to Develop Counseling Skills
Date:            Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Time:           12:00PM – 1:00PM EST
CE Credit:  1.0 contact hour, 1.0 CEP, 1.0 CEC (see details below)
Fee:             $10
(due to the unique nature of this collaboration, SNEB are being charged $10 and the session recording will not be archived.)

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

  • Cite evidence-base weight management theory to practice and current research.
  • Describe how simulation and debriefing can be used in a curriculum, e.g. to achieve obesity sensitivity.
  • Use case studies and simulation activities to describe how to measure the learner’s proficiencies or inadequacies linked to counseling skills.

Reserve your webinar seat now at:

Visit to join our Contact or to become a COPE Sponsor.  A non-profit center, COPE is based in the College of Nursing at Villanova University.  COPE supports and develops educational programs for health professionals, educators, worksites and the public.

Details on CE Credits
To receive a CE certificate, you must individually register online for each 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 Commision on Accreditation.

Villanova University College of Nursing / Center for Obesity Prevention and Education (COPE) is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider (VN001) with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). Learning Need Code 6000, 3000, 1040 and Level 2.

Jan 312013

Thank you so much to Toby Amidor, MS, RD, CDN,  of Toby Amidor Nutrition  for a great webinar on Food and Nutrition Blogging 101. SNEB members, if you did not have a chance to attend the session live the recording is now online in the Member Center.

During the registration process we asked attendees to list their own blogs and you can find this list along the left hand side of this page. Check out blogs from around the country and I’m sure you’ll find some great ideas. And as Toby suggested, lets support each other’s blogging efforts by commenting and forwarding!


The Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior and the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior present a 10-week series of webinars scheduled each Monday at 1 p.m ET. This first series will focus on childhood obesity research.

The first session is January 28 at 1 p.m. ET with speakers Lorrene Davis Ritchie, PhD, RD and Jessica Soldavini, MPH discussing “Nutrition Claims Influence Health Perceptions and Taste Preferences in Fourth- and Fifth-Grade Children.”

Objective: To determine whether children perceive food with nutrition claims as healthier and tasting differently than those without claims.

Methods: Fourth- and fifth-graders (n = 47) from 3 California schools participated. Two identical products (cookies, crackers, or juice) were placed in front of product packages, 1 with a nutrition claim, the other without. Each child was asked which product was healthier and which tasted better.

Results: The percentage of children who identified the reduced-fat cookie, whole-grain cracker, or 100% juice as healthier was 81%, 83% and 81%, respectively. The taste of the “healthier” product (ie, with nutrition claim) was preferred by 72%, 67%, and 54%, respectively.

Conclusions and Implications: A convenience sample of children perceived products with a nutrition claim as healthier and identified the “healthier” cookies and crackers as tasting better. Future research should examine whether food labeling can be used to encourage children to consume healthier diets.

SNEB Members attend webinars free as a benefit of membership. Cost to attend as a non-member is $25. If you are not an SNEB member you will receive an email with payment instructions after registering. Register to attend at


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