In an effort to share the faces behind our organization before we open this August with our community, we're shining a spotlight on our Planning Team, Volunteers, and Board Members who have worked tirelessly to get Trinity Health Center open to provide health and healing to the working uninsured and underinsured neighbors in DeSoto County.
This week, we're thrilled to spotlight our Secretary of the Board and President of Extra Credit, Inc., George Carnall. George Carnall is a former development director, attorney, former owner of five franchises, businessman, Veteran-US Army, Eagle Scout, father of 3 married children with 11 grandchildren and married to Jan for over 40 years.
Why did you become involved with Trinity Health Center?
Trinity Health Center can help provide health care services for those who "are the least of these"; those who cannot provide for health care for themselves and their families.
What excites you most about Trinity Health Center's mission and purpose?
Trinity Health Center is one of the few organizations that can bring together the entire community for a common purpose. That is, Trinity Health Center provides an opportunity for churches, businesses, individuals, governments, and other organizations to help provide health services to those in our community who need it the most.
What are some of your favorite places in our County to enjoy a healthy lifestyle?
I enjoy exercising at The DAC (DeSoto Athletic Club) and visiting the City parks.
What is your favorite quote or bible verse?
"And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you. - Ephesians 4:32
Chronic Conditions: Diabetes
Diabetes is a condition in which your body doesn’t properly process food for use as energy. If you have diabetes, your body either doesn't make enough insulin or can't use its own insulin as well as it should. This chronic disease is the seventh-leading cause of death in the U.S. and the number one cause of kidney failure, lower-limb amputations and adult-onset blindness.
While there are different types of diabetes, Type 2 diabetes is the most common. Fortunately, it’s also preventable.
Consider adopting the following lifestyle changes to help keep this chronic condition at bay:
• Talk to your doctor. What’s considered a healthy diet change for your friend might not be considered healthy for you, too. The best way to determine how to go about changing your diet is by talking with your doctor first.
• Lose weight and keep it off. You may be able to prevent or delay diabetes by losing 5 to 7 percent of your starting weight.
• Move more. Aim to get at least 30 minutes of physical activity five days a week. If you haven’t been active, talk with your doctor to find out what a safe exercise plan is for you.
• Eat healthy. A healthy diet is key to keeping chronic conditions like diabetes at bay. Try things like eating smaller portions, staying away from fatty foods and choosing low-calorie beverages to reduce the amount of calories you eat each day and help you lose weight.
• Get screened. Go to your doctor for routine diabetes screenings. These screenings will let you know how at-risk you are and will help you determine how to further prevent diabetes.
Remember, you have the power to keep your health in check. To find out more about diabetes and your personal risk of developing this disease, talk to your doctor today.