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Rotary Finale Notes Medical Success
May 18 photos
May meeting highlights herbs
April Diabetes day features garden planting
Medical Progress Report [3 month]


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Rotary Finale Notes Medical Success

Dr. Charles Moore and Joyce Dove got to enjoy the show on the Rotary Diabetes Garden program on Sunday 9/15/13.  The children presented power points and exhibit on their summer gardens.  Everyone ate delicious pumpkin treats from the demonstration garden, and some danced or sang for the crowd.  Rotary of Simferopol presented prizes and awards to the children.  Final numbers on the blood sugar of participants showed as much as a 43% decline in H1ac levels, due to exercise and diet changes over the year.

May 18 photos

The group ready to enter the Nikita Botanical Gardens
for their day of gardening education.

May meeting highlights herbs

On May 18 the children and families of the Diabetes Garden group went to the Nikita Botanical Gardens on the seaside of the Crimea peninsula.  The drive is about 2 hours from Simferopol.
In Nikita we were picked up by the scientists of the research Institute and they told us about the herbs they selected useful for people with diabetes and how to take them. They gave us the seeds of these herbs to grow in our garden and the families will have a chance to grow them too. Then they showed us the garden. It was time of irises and roses blooming. We had dinner in the Institute’s café. On the way back we stopped near the caves and learnt to be tourists and had a lot of sport competitions.  At 7 p.m. a bus full of sleeping people arrived in Simferopol. We were tired but happy.

April Diabetes day features garden planting

The day began with a formal thank you to the Agricultural Academy for providing seeds and expertise to the program of planting low glycemic index vegetables.

Then each child gave a report on their window garden at home, which had been planted in January.
A discussion of a healthy lifestyle for individuals with diabetes produced posters illustrating what the children had learned.

The children helped the cooks prepare a healthy lunch meal, which they ate before a session of dancing and sports began.  

Medical Progress Report [3 month]

Diabetes - this is not just a disease but a very special way of life. Even the most effective insulin will not benefit unless there is no correct nutrition. The purpose of this project is to improve the lives of children with diabetes.
25 children with diabetes take part in the project "Diabetes garden". All of them have mellitus type I and their age vary from 8 to 14 years, including 11 girls and 14 boys. All of them are on intensified insulin therapy, including 16 people - at engineered human insulin.


The Rotary Diabetes Garden project held an all day session on March 2, using the theme of American entertainment and food. 

The group of children with their parents enjoyed learning about diabetes through country line dancing, exercise including badminton, a play pictured here and a delicious lunch of burritos and bean soup.  The children showed photos of the progress of their personal gardens and everyone is looking forward to the spring work in the demonstration garden.

Third day of Diabetes Education a Carnival

Students and their parents enjoyed a full day of entertainment and food based on a Venetian carnival team this month, while studying diabetes.  All of the students enjoyed the play, the dancers and the mask making before a delicious make your own pizza lunch.  Prizes for the best winter window gardens and essays were awarded.  This is the 3rd of 6 full days of education planned under the Rotary International program.

January Diabetes letter

On 16 of November my mother came home from work early. When she came into the house, I saw that she had brought a large pot in which there were the seeds and gardening tools. I was glad to see it all because I love farming. We have reviewed the contents of the pot and decided not to unpack as there was no soil and fertilizer.
On Saturday we went to the woods to pick mushrooms and look for black soil type. Every year I go to the forest to collect mushrooms. We gathered a lot of mushrooms and going to the slope we noticed good soil. We loosened it and poured into a package. It turned out well that there was a charred rotted stump nearby which is good fertilizer for the seeds. We went home and in the house we put seeds in this soil. After a couple of days, I saw how bright green shoots began to sprout out of the ground. There were noticeable onion roots. They were little and long, they had white color. “Feathers” of onions grew on the eyes. Lettuce gradually grew up with every day. It rose higher and higher. In 2-3 days after planting it rose by 2 cm and a week later separate leaves appeared.  Their length was 3-4 cm. They were light green. In winter, the sun is not so bright and sets earlier that is why seedlings grew slowly. Chinese cabbage germinated slower than the rest of the plants.In December,I put together the first crop of onions.The result was a large bunch not to fit in one hand.We cut it and added to soups and salads.I liked it. Cabbage and lettuce are still growing.Maybe in a month there will be a good crop and I will share with you.

December Diabetes Meeting Held

The December meeting was very successful and we worked both with children and parents and the idea of garden on the window sill was great. Children wrote such compositions on how they grew vegetables and made pictures. The contest is going on and I believe that by winter the children will be quite encouraged to grow vegetables in their gardens.


On November 3 the educational program began.  Here are scenes from the teaching unit and play produced for Diabetes by the Rotary Club of Simferopol.  The educational theme is planned as a trip around the world learning of other cultures and their foods which complement a low glycemic index diet.
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