Contributed by Christopher Rich, Utah PWS Association
Among the exhibitors at this year's PWSA | USA National Convention was the Utah PWS Association, which focused on food security and its role in managing PWS symptoms. The exhibition booth showcased practical strategies and innovative solutions to create a controlled environment, emphasizing the importance of food security in reducing hyperphagia and other symptoms associated with PWS.
Addressing the Need for Food Security:
The exhibit presented a comprehensive menu of items implemented by Utah families with PWS-affected individuals. These strategies served as a resourceful guide for attendees seeking practical solutions to create a safe, secure, and anxiety-free environment at home. One standout product was a self-locking fridge that offered automated control of food access, reducing human error when locking, the need for constant supervision, and time-consuming locking (https://securerefrig.com/index.html). The high level of interest and enthusiasm it generated demonstrated the pressing need for practical solutions within the PWS community to enhance food security.
Recognition and Keynote Mentions:
The impact of the Utah PWS Association’s exhibit was such that it garnered notable mentions from multiple doctors during their keynote presentations. To facilitate access to recommended security devices, a QR code was provided, allowing participants to quickly explore a list of reliable options. Over 100 attendees eagerly utilized this feature, indicating a strong desire to improve security within their households. Access the QR code link by clicking HERE.
Contributing Valuable Information:
The 2023 PWSA | USA National Convention served as an effective platform for discussing advances in PWS care and lifestyle. The Utah PWS Association’s emphasis on food security provided attendees with tangible strategies to address core challenges associated with PWS. By engaging in meaningful discourse with families, the booth not only contributed valuable information but also opened up avenues for exploring new tools to better manage individuals with PWS.
The Utah PWS Association has provided a resourceful guide, presenting strategies, and innovative solutions to enhance food security. The recognition received an enthusiastic response from attendees demonstrating the relevance and pressing need for such interventions. By continuing to prioritize food security and engage in meaningful discussions, families and professionals can collaboratively work towards improving the quality of life for their individuals with PWS.