Learn about Type 2 Diabetes and How Gastric Bypass Surgery Helps

Parishioners at Justin the Martyr Church received a good message when Lonnie Jones of Diabetes Diet Journal gave a talk about Type 2 Diabetes, its complications, and treatments centering on gastric bypass surgery.

One of the purposes of the two-hour talk is to enhance the people’s awareness on the condition that has already affected a huge population of adult and senior citizens all over the US. Here, Jones gave his audience an insight on the struggles and challenges a person faces before and after diagnosis. “It’s a struggle especially during the first few months. The condition puts a person in survival mode.”

According to American Diabetes Association: “Diabetes contributes to the death of 234,051 Americans annually (combining death certificates that list diabetes as the primary and a contributing cause of death)”. A total of 86 million Americans are diagnosed to have prediabetes while 30 million including children already have either Type 1 or Type 2 Diabetes. Each year, 1.7 million more are being diagnosed.

The search for the treatment to both Diabetes types continues since most findings have not yet produced a concrete result. Jones, however, believes that giving the talk will encourage people to pay more attention to their health. He also aims to inspire those already affected to be braver and stronger in this battle for life.  

In his talk, he also highlighted the benefits of gastric bypass surgery as Type 2 Diabetes treatment. Jones hopes people would be more open to this method on top of lifestyle change. He believes that it can also save their lives as it saved his. “It is not a way out, but it will make things better.”

Lonnie Jones was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes in 2011 with no warning signs. The only time he found out he had the condition was after he felt ill at work and had to be taken to the hospital. That was when his doctor informed him he had Type 2 Diabetes. His doctor advised him to undergo gastric bypass surgery. “My doctor said the operation is the only thing that would save my life at that time,” says Jones. It had been a life-changing decision for him but it changed him for the better.
Lonnie Jones is set to give another series of talks to encourage people to take action. Schedules will be announced in his website www.diabetesdietjournal.com soon. Visit our Facebook and Twitter pages or updates.


Sometimes, A Good Life Starts With A Free Breakfast

Not all schools are willing to provide free food to children, let alone a breakfast. But, Gerald Adams Elementary School gladly serves the most important meal of the day to ensure that students start the day right and bright. Debra Stecklein, school district food service supervisor highly approves of this effort because: “We want every child ready to learn.”

The importance of breakfast is undeniable since it helps jump start the day, whether it’s breakfast pizza, biscuit, pancakes, or chicken patty. The school’s principal, Frannie Herrin feels just as happy to have the opportunity to help as the kids as recipient.

It all started when The Monroe County School District launched the no-charge breakfast program in hopes of eradicating the issue of malnutrition in kids. Gerald Adams Elementary School is one of the schools happy to be part of it.

The program requires Florida schools to offer free breakfast when its population hits 80% of free and reduced lunches. Stecklein reports that 5,600 meals are being served every day including breakfast, lunch and supper. Schools offering free meals get to reimburse the cost of each. Although GAES is technically not required to participate yet at 78.8%, the board approved the school for the National School Breakfast Program.

This is also GAES’ own way of helping their students in families with financial limitations. The offer, while aimed at the less fortunate ones also benefits kids who wake up late or kids whose parents wake up late, which causes them to miss breakfast.

The free breakfast is served at 7:15 AM. The menu varies every day and everyone get to eat the same thing even those who can afford. The school provides a certain level of discretion to lessen a student in need’s embarrassment. They do this by punching in 5-digit code on all orders so that none would know who gets the free servings.

Stecklein said, “This removes all the stigma of it because they’re all eating. Even at lunch, they’re all punching in five-digit codes (at the register) so no one knows except the (employee).”

Star Of The Sea: Uniting People To Help People

SOS, which stands for “Save Our Ship” or “Save Our Souls” is a proper term used in the military and navy to cry for help. Through time, it has also become the default acronym among civilians who are caught in amidst extreme distress.

So many people all over the world need help and so many people want to help but only a few actually do something about it. It does take a lot of hard work and dedication to pull off something as big as S.O.S. despite the small start.

The idea is the same but this S.O.S stands for Star of the Sea. It is a charitable foundation whose core mission is to provide goods, food, and emergency services to those in need – people and animals alike. SOS has been actively helping individuals through distribution sites and food pantries across Key Largo, Key West, and Stock Island in Florida. The foundation aims to unite individuals who want to offer sincere help in their own small ways.

SOS makes it all possible by gathering donations not only from private individuals but also from local businesses, huge companies, and the US Navy.

But these Samaritans aren’t focused on helping only humans. Over the years, they have so far provided for thousands of poor and homeless citizens, as well as their pet cats and/or dogs. Those who could not afford pet foods can turn to SOS for supplies. They have a local pet food pantry for feeding cats and dogs.

Each year, the foundation distributes at least 1,2000,000 pounds of food to feed infants and adults. For this cause, SOS supports a large area for dry storage, freezing, and refrigeration space.

SOS accepts any kind of donations such as:

  • Baby food
  • Baby products
  • Personal hygiene items for kids and adults
  • Clothing
  • Furniture
  • Household goods
  • Pet supplies

Anyone who is interested to give their share can drop goods at designated SOS stations. The beneficiaries in turn get to select only food they can consume and only items they need so that everyone can have their share. The foundation’s members and staff constantly hold donation drives to sustain the needs of their “clients” and help fortunately keeps coming in.

SOS also provides temporary cash assistance, food stamps, and Medicaid among other services, accessible through application. As their mission is to help in any way they can, SOS also give newly released inmates who want to move out of Key West one-way bus tickets.

SOS is the perfect medium to get your contribution across to those who need them the most. Size does not matter. The rest of SOS appreciates even the smallest items, and for sure the recipients would, too. Read more about SOS here: http://www.sosmission.org/