ROTARY DIABETES GARDEN GRANT
September finale of grant program held
ROTARY DIABETES GARDEN PROGRAM FINALE
Our two year Rotary International diabetes garden program for children with Type I diabetes in Simferopol, Crimea ended in September 2013 when Dr. Charles Moore and Joyce Dove traveled to meet with program participants. The program has been well received and our blog on the subject [see left column] has had many readers all over the world. Participants have asked that we continue this program due to its medical [successful] results.
In addition to meeting with endocrinologists, we worked with head of orthopedics and the head of the children's hospital. Results are in for the children's A1C over the period they were in the program --their A1C dropped 30% compared to a local control group of similar children.
The year long program on Type I diabetes finished with a evening show on September 15 at which the participants described their gardens, danced, sang and played musical instruments. The children had spent many hours learning about low glycemic index vegetables, the science of gardens, the effect of activity on blood sugar levels and life with diabetes. They planted a demonstration garden at a school for disabled children, which provided significant amounts of vegetables and herbs for the school kitchen.
Each child had a winter window sill garden and a summer garden plot with low glycemic vegetables and plants. Plants, tools and supplies were provided by the grant.
DEMONSTRATION DIABETES GARDEN [left]
Rotary Club of Simferopol [below]
. The program has been well received and our blog on the subject [see left column] has had many readers all over the world. Participants have asked that we continue this program due to its medical [successful] results.