Tip of the week: Fun fitness activity shared at California PWS conference session

At the recent Prader-Willi California Foundation Conference, our Director of Education Brittni Kliment and Assistant Principal Kara McDowell worked with children and young adults in the YAP Sessions (Youth and Adult Program). Our Latham staffers had a great time mingling with the California kiddos, and created a fun fitness activity that you might do over the holiday season with your own family!

In California, we created the activity around a spooky Halloween spider, but for Thanksgiving, you could create a paper turkey and use feathers for the “spider legs” that you see in these photos. To create the turkey version:

  • Laminate a picture of a turkey, or create a craft activity with your kids in which they draw the turkey body;

  • Create eight detachable feathers, labeling each feather with an exercise (such as the ones pictured);

  • Have your kids pick a turkey feather and complete the exercise on the feather, then glue or attach the feather to the turkey.

Once all exercises are complete, the turkey is finished!

More fun fitness activities are presented in our LivingHealthy with Prader-Willi Syndrome: Cookbook and Nutrition Tips, where we present a variety of exercises to do at home throughout the year, including the holidays.


Patrice Carroll is Latham Centers’ world-renowned Prader-Willi syndrome specialist. She works with Latham’s residents with PWS, their families, and consultants, continuously learning and teaching about PWS best practices. Do you have questions for our PWS specialist? Submit your “tip” topics or general questions to TipTopics@LathamCenters.org.

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