For Meg Sheetz ’99 LAS and the MacDonald family, a commitment to healthy living means more than eating right and exercising. It means making healthier living more accessible and attainable for others, too.
The late Col. Bradley T. MacDonald ’71, who served as executive director and chairman of the board of Medifast®, founded The MacDonald Family Foundation and the Take Shape for Life Foundation, along with his wife, Shirley Dee, and daughters, Meg and Kellie Teresa Pizzico.
The MacDonalds believe that education is a powerful tool in the battle against obesity. When they sought to create a partnership with a university, they knew that Villanova could implement that shared vision. Villanova excelled academically, was committed to pursuing the latest research, and had a proven track record of community service and devotion to the greater good. Brad himself had credited Villanova for his success as an executive, as does Meg, who today serves as chief operating officer of Medifast and remains highly engaged at Villanova, serving as a member of the President’s Leadership Circle.
Funded by the Take Shape for Life and the MacDonald Family foundations, Villanova University, through its College of Nursing, established the MacDonald Center for Obesity Prevention and Education in October 2011. The Center fosters healthy lifestyles and behaviors among Americans through the education of health professionals, community groups and the public.
The Center and its national experts serve as role models for obesity prevention and intervention through education.
Now that’s a healthy legacy.