Latham Centers’ Publication: LivingHealthy with PWS Cookbook

We’ve published our first cookbook! Written for the community of parents and caregivers of those with Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS), the cookbook is a complete resource for planning nutritious, delicious meals for individuals with PWS, and it includes tips and advice from experts in the field. The menu consists of a Mediterranean based diet low in carbohydrates and dairy, and high in Omega 3s. The Living Healthy guide includes articles on physical fitness, nutrition, and meal planning. Popular Latham menu items are presented in an easy-to-follow format, as well as a seven-day meal plan based on calorie count which includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. The Living Healthy cookbook also includes health-related articles and tips for families caring for a loved one diagnosed with PWS, a rare, life-threatening genetic disorder with no known cure.

Authors of the Living Healthy with PWS cookbook include Paul E. Donahue, Jr., Melanie Silverman, MS, RD, IBCLC, and Patrice Carroll, LCSW. The goal of the collaborative work was to share their expertise and extensive experience with families in the international PWS community. At Latham Centers, the results of the new menu implementation have been dramatic and uplifting.

As a result, we have seen:

  • Our students and adult residents have lost more than 400 pounds in one year (98 residents),
  • There has been a reduction in insulin medication for some of our residents,
  • Some of our adult residents previously diagnosed with sleep apnea no longer need to use CPAP machines,
  • Children and adults at Latham have reduced cholesterol counts and lower blood pressure,
  • We have observed an increase in our residents’ energy and motivation to exercise independently.








To obtain a cookbook:

Within the U.S.: $35 donation
International: $50 donation

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Contact for additional information:

Katrina Fryklund, Director of National Outreach, 
Cookbook Co-Author and Co-Editor

(508) 896-5776 ext. 126 or email

In addition to a variety of recipes, the cookbook includes a “recipes for success” section with a sample 7-day menu with calorie counts, plus articles by experienced professionals in the field of PWS.

“We […] tried the recipes in the cookbook and [our son] loved the baked BBQ chicken, couscous and cauliflower potatoes. We truly feel that [he] is going to flourish at Latham.”
– Parents to a child with PWS