Posts Tagged ‘Gwen’

Blue Zones Spring Break

March 15, 2015 @ 7:53 pm
posted by Dr Ginther

RJ and Gwen are spending Spring Break with Grammy and Papa.  Grandchildren are Blue Zones for us.  Also a challenge: can we tire them out as quickly as they tire us out?

Three days into Spring Break, they have hit many highlights.  They have enjoyed the Phelps Youth Pavillion at the Arts Center and the Imaginarium (Children’s Science Center) at the Grout Museum.  RJ saw a very good “Illusionist” at the Waterloo Rec Center.  Papa could not figure out the stunts either.

RJ and Gwen both drink milk at every meal.  They want to grow strong bones.

Today they and Grammy watched Papa sing in the church choir.  After “second breakfast”, we all set up RJ’s Thomas the Train set he had brought from home.  Gwen helped by repeatedly setting off the noismaker in the crossing guard.

This afternoon RJ attended a Waterloo Blackhawks hockey game with his Uncle Alex.  He liked being close to the ice.

It is barely dark outside and they have crashed.  We are about to too.  Nearly a week of Blue Zones left.

Jay Ginther, MD

Blue Zone Weekend

November 18, 2014 @ 10:14 pm
posted by Dr Ginther

“Babysitting” grandkids RJ and Gwen is a Blue Zone.  They grow and change every time we see them. 

RJ zoomed all around the 8 level climbing and sliding set-up at the Rec Center.  Gwen has now mastered the little kids section.  We ran them ragged.  They ran us ragged.

The 4 hour drive each way is well worth it.  We are already missing them until next time.

Family is a Blue Zone.

Jay Ginther, MD

Weddings Are Blue Zones

September 30, 2014 @ 8:11 am
posted by Dr Ginther

The Blue Zones emphasize the importance of family.  Few events are more family centered than a wedding.  Our son was married this past weekend in California.  All aspects of our Iowa family were represented, as well as my sister from Ohio.  We enjopyed our time together.

More important, we got to know the bride’s family better.  Despite differences in geography and distant ethnic backgrounds, we all hold similar values of family, faith, and purpose (pillars of the Blue Zones). 

We all knew that the bride would fit in well a year ago, when she helped, then not yet 3 year old, RJ get over the fact that attention was centered on his 6 week old sister, Gwen. 

The cycle of life moves on and we are enjoying it.  You should take time to enjoy your point in the cycle of a Blue Zones life.

Jay Ginther, MD

Goodbye to “Totally Natural” Vitamin D

September 14, 2014 @ 8:18 pm
posted by Dr Ginther

I was out at high noon (about 1:12 CDT) today, and may have made some Vitamin D in my exposed skin.  We had beautifully clear skies with cool, dry air and lots of sunshine.  I did not use sun-block for the few minutes of skin cancer risk.  Unfortunately, it was also only a few minutes of Vitamin D opportunity. 

Ultraviolet light is attenuated and eventually blocked by the atmosphere.  The lower the sun is on the horizon, the less UV light gets through.  In Waterloo, IA we are entering the 7 months of the year when the sun is too low on the horizon.  We do not get enough UV to produce any Vitamin D.

Less than half of Iowans, who do not take substantial Vitamin D3 supplements, have sufficient Vitamin D levels in September.  By early April, that is less than 15%.