Nutrition at the Center for Prader-Willi Syndrome

Our clinical dietitians play a vital role in the treatment programs for patients with Prader-Willi Syndrome. Using the innovative Red, Yellow, Green® Weight Control Program developed at The Children’s Institute, our dietitians guide the highly successful weight loss of patients with Prader-Willi syndrome.

What the Red-Yellow-Green® Weight
Control System is All About

Our trademarked weight control system is one that will make the difficult task of losing weight easier for everyone in the family. Called the “Red-Yellow-Green System,” it is based on a color system that is familiar to everyone — the traffic light. Just as in the traffic light, green means "go," yellow means "caution — be careful, go slow," and red means "stop."

Red-Yellow-Green Weight Control System Book

No more counting calories

Using an individualized daily meal plan and the Red, Yellow, Green® Weight Control Program, calories are controlled by dividing food into low, moderate and high-calorie food groups. One learns to "go" with some foods, "be cautious" with some, and "stop," with others.

  • The Green foods are low in calories, and second servings are permitted.
  • The Yellow foods are high in calories but also are rich in the nutrients needed by the body. These foods are the basic foods for a well-balanced diet, and are included in the daily meal plan in specified amounts.
  • The Red foods are high in calories and have limited nutrient content per calorie. Eating too many of these foods leads to weight gain. The use of the red foods is very limited in the daily meal plan.

If you are interested in receiving your own copy of the Red, Yellow, Green® book, please contact Gina Salvatori at gsa@the-institute.org.

Menu consultation services

Our dietitians can help you implement this system at your organization or in your home. Download our information form for more information, or contact Gina Salvatori at 412.420.2159 or gsa@the-institute.org.

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