Another Shot at Healthy
Retired veteran Ray Wood uses golf to battle diabetes, one shot at a time.
Released on 9/8/2018
[Woman] So you played good today?
I did, I made a birdie on that first hole.
We looked real good coming all the way to home.
Play this afternoon, I'd do better.
My name is Ray Wood.
I'm 68 years old, I live in Winter Garden, Florida,
and I'm a golf addict.
Over the years I've managed to have
quite a collection of golf clubs.
I'm probably a little bit obsessive
about hanging on to 'em, holding on to 'em.
Get over that trap.
I play four to five days a week, now that I'm retired.
We may have some friendly wagers every now and then.
But it's more for bragging rights than it is for the money.
It's a who did you beat this week?
And who was able to, who beat you?
Unfortunately there's only I think two of us
that are Alabama people here.
Maybe three of us that are Alabama people here.
Now if I could just hear
a little roll tide from you please.
We'll critique each other's shot
and sometimes, some people might describe it
as an obscene manner, but we critique how they play.
Come on Jersey, put a man swing on it.
Lately my putting's been awful and
I've gotten all kinds of grief over that.
Well deserved but I'm finding niches
there too to go after them.
Well I got drafted when I went in the Army
and I was assigned to Berlin, Germany.
We had a golf course there.
I had some MPs with me who were golfers,
so I went with them, out to the golf course
and borrowed a set of clubs.
So I borrowed those, starting playing with them
and basically was self taught.
Two and a half years when I left,
I was shooting in the low 80s, high 70's.
But it was, really created a lifelong love of the game.
I was a deputy sheriff 28 years
in law enforcement with Orange County.
Worked a variety of assignments.
Some people say I couldn't keep the job very long
but I would change every three years or so
in order to not get stale.
I've always been a fried food eater.
I'm raised in the South.
That's the way you lived.
I don't think my mother,
I think she probably fried chocolate cake.
My mother and my grandmother both had type 2 diabetes,
so I knew that it was going to come
along to me sooner or later.
And, sit down and began dieting,
began eating all the right things.
Changed around how we were eating, how we were cooking.
And God helps you manage it.
Because of the movement, because you're going out
and doing something every day.
And helps get that management aspect
of diabetes working for you.
Oh it takes a lot of discipline, yes.
But the discipline is, how long do I want to live?
That's, you have to ask yourself that.
How long do I want to live?
I think people who give up
or who look at diabetes as a negative,
are probably going to have a very short life.
And I think you have to be proactive.
And to be proactive you gotta be positive
in what you're doing to correct.
You can tell he's a money man.
Look at that money shot.