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Another Shot at Healthy

Retired veteran Ray Wood uses golf to battle diabetes, one shot at a time.

Released on 9/8/2018

Transcript

00:03
[Woman] So you played good today?
00:04
I did, I made a birdie on that first hole.
00:08
We looked real good coming all the way to home.
00:13
Play this afternoon, I'd do better.
00:15
My name is Ray Wood.
00:16
I'm 68 years old, I live in Winter Garden, Florida,
00:19
and I'm a golf addict.
00:22
Over the years I've managed to have
00:23
quite a collection of golf clubs.
00:25
I'm probably a little bit obsessive
00:28
about hanging on to 'em, holding on to 'em.
00:31
(ball clicking)
00:35
Get over that trap.
00:36
I play four to five days a week, now that I'm retired.
00:40
We may have some friendly wagers every now and then.
00:42
But it's more for bragging rights than it is for the money.
00:46
It's a who did you beat this week?
00:47
And who was able to, who beat you?
00:51
Unfortunately there's only I think two of us
00:53
that are Alabama people here.
00:55
Maybe three of us that are Alabama people here.
00:57
Now if I could just hear
00:58
a little roll tide from you please.
01:00
We'll critique each other's shot
01:02
and sometimes, some people might describe it
01:04
as an obscene manner, but we critique how they play.
01:07
Come on Jersey, put a man swing on it.
01:09
Lately my putting's been awful and
01:12
I've gotten all kinds of grief over that.
01:14
Well deserved but I'm finding niches
01:18
there too to go after them.
01:20
Well I got drafted when I went in the Army
01:22
and I was assigned to Berlin, Germany.
01:25
We had a golf course there.
01:27
I had some MPs with me who were golfers,
01:30
so I went with them, out to the golf course
01:32
and borrowed a set of clubs.
01:34
So I borrowed those, starting playing with them
01:36
and basically was self taught.
01:38
Two and a half years when I left,
01:40
I was shooting in the low 80s, high 70's.
01:44
But it was, really created a lifelong love of the game.
01:48
I was a deputy sheriff 28 years
01:52
in law enforcement with Orange County.
01:55
Worked a variety of assignments.
01:57
Some people say I couldn't keep the job very long
01:58
but I would change every three years or so
02:01
in order to not get stale.
02:04
I've always been a fried food eater.
02:06
I'm raised in the South.
02:07
That's the way you lived.
02:09
I don't think my mother,
02:10
I think she probably fried chocolate cake.
02:13
My mother and my grandmother both had type 2 diabetes,
02:16
so I knew that it was going to come
02:17
along to me sooner or later.
02:19
And, sit down and began dieting,
02:21
began eating all the right things.
02:23
Changed around how we were eating, how we were cooking.
02:26
And God helps you manage it.
02:27
Because of the movement, because you're going out
02:30
and doing something every day.
02:32
And helps get that management aspect
02:35
of diabetes working for you.
02:37
Oh it takes a lot of discipline, yes.
02:39
But the discipline is, how long do I want to live?
02:44
That's, you have to ask yourself that.
02:46
How long do I want to live?
02:47
I think people who give up
02:49
or who look at diabetes as a negative,
02:52
are probably going to have a very short life.
02:54
And I think you have to be proactive.
02:58
And to be proactive you gotta be positive
03:00
in what you're doing to correct.
03:02
(ball clicking)
03:03
You can tell he's a money man.
03:05
Look at that money shot.
03:06
(laughing)
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