Archive for the ‘Blue Zones’ Category

Visiting a New Grandson – Blue Zone

August 17, 2015 @ 10:22 pm
posted by Dr Ginther

We are visiting our new one week old grandson.  Grammy is enjoying herself fully.

Families are Blue Zones!

Jay Ginther, MD

Grandsons are Blue Zones

August 9, 2015 @ 6:12 pm
posted by Dr Ginther

Cedar Valley Bone Health Institute of Iowa staff gained 2 grandsons this weekend.

Yesterday evening Shari, our receptionist/office lead, welcomed her first.  He was born in Waterloo and she was there to hold him within the first hour.

This afternoon, Grammy and I welcomed our third grandchild, and first from our older boy.  He is in California and we will see him in a week when we go to visit.  For now we have to settle for a video.

Family is a Blue Zone.

Jay Ginther, MD

Iowa Irish Fest

August 5, 2015 @ 10:15 pm
posted by Dr Ginther

Waterloo hosted the Iowa Irish Fest for the 9th year this past weekend.  It has gradually grown to include the Celtic heritages of Ireland and Scottland.  With activities for children as well, it is a family Blue Zone.

We enjoyed the Shepherds Pie, Bangers & Mash, Irish Stew, Soda Bread along with Stout or Ale or Crispin (Hard) Cider over the 3 days of the event.  Most interesting to me was the Haggis – in regular sausage casing rather than a sheep’s stomach.

The entertainment was outstanding.  The Trinity Irish Dancers are girls from Chicago, Milwaulkee and Madison.  This year they became the first team from this side of “the pond” to win the international championship.

Gaelic Storm was the band featured in the movie Titanic.  They are great.  The Screaming Orphans are an outstanding band that happens to be all female.  Lots of other very good mixed bands – most with fiddles and a variety of drums, some with bagpipes.

We watched some of the Celtic Games – feats of strength requiring much practice to do safely and well.

Blue Zone weekend.

Jay Ginther, MD

RAGBRAI is a Blue Zone

July 25, 2015 @ 4:44 pm
posted by Dr Ginther

RAGBRAI ends today.  It is one of the largest organized week-long recreational activites anywhere.  Officially the (Des Moines) Register Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, the 2015 event included 17,000 registered participants for the entire 7 days.  Thousands more tag along for a day or two near their homes.

With neighbors, we hosted an extended family group of ten, including children down to age 5.  The family had gathered from Charleston, SC, Pittsburgh, PA, Ames and Iowa City, IA to spend a week together.  We supplied showers, beds, laundry facilities, supper and breakfast.  Many other Waterloo-Cedar Falls residents supplemented the official campground at UNI.

The sheer numbers of bicyclists created local traffic havoc for hours as they snaked their way from Souix City to Davanport covering 467 miles (the shortest route ever).  The towns affected got to meet interesting folks from nearly every state and several foreign countries.

We thoroughly enjoyed getting to know our guests.  The families we hosted have enjoyed a full week together seeing and meeting Iowa and its people.

Read “The Blue Zones” and “Thrive” by Dan Buettner.  Plan to have a Blue Zones experience of your own.

Jay Ginther, MD