Sunday, May 20, 2012

Scott County Grow Appalachia

The Scott County Grow Appalachia program had a booth at the local heath fair.  The focus of the health fair was on diabetes awareness.   Some of our garden participants helped design, assemble, and work the booth.  The focus of our booth was to provide information about our program and to provide educational materials on the importance of eating healthy vegetables in the treatment and prevention of diabetes.
Our volunteers and their children enjoyed their time together,  and it was educational for everybody involved.  From our researched, we learned that diabetic patients  should eat fresh vegetables, fruits, 
whole grains and lean meats, and should avoid foods that are  processed, enhanced, flavored, preserved and packaged.  

Some of the vegetables that are most beneficial in helping to maintain healthy insulin levels are garlic, onions, zucchini, celery, cabbage, cauliflower, mint, kale, lettuce, turnip, radish, eggplant, spinach, green beans, cucumber, and broccoli.  Also, home grown vegetables are the most desirable because vine ripened freshly picked vegetables are more nutritious, as well as being more delicious. 

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