Concordia Club, Tempe, NSW

Today we visited the Concordia Club. It was still quite warm as though the summer did not want to leave us yet. We did meet our family at the club for lunch.

There were our two daughters and our son with their partners, as well as our twin grandsons. One of them was there with partner and beautiful son, who is our great-grandson!Also one of our grand-daughters, who turns seventeen early next month, was also there.

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Lucas, our little great grandson soon found company on the lawns in front of the club and kept tirelessly running around.
Lucas, our little great grandson soon found company on the lawns in front of the club and kept tirelessly running around.

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We had great fun watching the kids from where we were sitting down for lunch.
We had great fun watching the kids from where we were sitting down for lunch.

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IN AUSTRALIA

Vitamin D deficiency is an important health issue
This June 20, 2014, marks National Vitamin D Awareness Day – taking place on the eve of the shortest day of the year when daylight is most limited.

This important health initiative is on again in 2014 and aims to highlight the number of Vitamin D deficiencies in Australia, its impact on our health and wellbeing, as well as workplace productivity. On this day all workers are encouraged to step outside for a daily dose of sun and Vitamin D. Whether it’s a staff BBQ, outdoor meeting or team building session – by taking a ‘D-Break’ you’ll be helping to raise awareness of the importance of Vitamin D and bone health, as well as fostering a happier and healthier workplace.

For more information on the corporate wellness initiative call 07) 3119 2497.

 

The following is from this website: http://www.ostelin.com.au/vitamin-d/sunlight-vitamin/#geolocation

Sunlight and Vitamin D Synthesis

What type of sunlight provides the best vitamin D?

Exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays is required for vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) to be produced. Vitamin D3 is synthesized in the skin once your unprotected skin receives exposure to sunlights UV rays.

The sun emits three different types of radiation, UVA, UVB and UVC. The ozone layer is good at blocking all of the UVC radiation and most of the UVB, however, none of the UVA radiation. The UVA penetrates deep into the skin and can cause aging and wrinkles. UVB can cause sunburn and acceleration of skin aging.1 UVB radiation from the sun is also the best source of vitamin D.

The sun’s UVB rays vary tremendously and is dependant on several factors including time of day and geographical location. Below are general regarding safe sun exposure times from Osteoporosis Australia.3

Sun Exposure To Achieve Sufficient Vitamin D For People With Moderately Fair Skin^ Type II

Region Summer (Dec – Jan)
At 10am or 2pm*
Winter (July – Aug)
At 10am or 2pm*
Northern Australia
Cairns 6-7 minutes 9-12 minutes
Townsville 5-7 minutes 9-13 minutes
Central Australia
Brisbane 6-7 minutes 15-19 minutes
Perth 5-6 minutes 20-28 minutes
Southern Australia
Sydney 6-8 minutes 26-28 minutes
Adelaide 5-7 minutes 25-38 minutes
Melbourne 6-8 minutes 32-52 minutes
Hobart 7-9 minutes 40-47 minutes
*11am or 3pm daylight saving time, respectively. Skin claissification by Fitzpatrick. Adapted from Osteoporosis Australia. Calcium, Vitamin D and Osteoporosis – A guide for consumers. 4th Edition. 2010
^Sun exposure times resulting in 1/3 minimal erythemal dose. Exposure times for people with highly pigmented skin would be 3-4 times greater.

For specific up-to-date information relating to your location, The Australian Bureau of Meteorology issues a UV Index forecast every day to help people to avoid overexposure to high levels of UV radiation.4 UV index range is expressed as a numeric value from 0 to 20. Numbers 3 or above are considered unsafe for sun exposure without protection.2

Risk Value
Low 0-2
Moderate 3-5
High 6-7
Very High 8-10
Extreme 11+
Table 1. UV Index 3

How does the light get converted to vitamin D in the skin?

When ultraviolet rays from sunlight penetrate the skin, they react with 7-dehydrocholesterol which is a precursor to cholesterol. This reaction forms vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) in the skin. It is then quickly converted by the liver to the prehormone 25(OH)D and then further converted in the kidneys to the hormone 1,25(OH)D2 which is the active form of vitamin D.5

– See more at: http://www.ostelin.com.au/vitamin-d/sunlight-vitamin/#geolocation

– See more at: http://www.ostelin.com.au/awarenessday/#sthash.x64rnb1j.dpuf

Vitamin D, Information on the latest vitamin D news and research.

The Vitami D Council tells you how vitamin D relates to your health.

One question and answer is:

“Can I get sun exposure and take supplements?

Yes. In fact, that is the Vitamin D Council’s recommendation. On days that you do not get enough full body sun exposure, it is important to take a supplement. For most people on the Monday-Friday indoor work schedule, that means taking a supplement 5-6 days a week and getting sun exposure on a day or two during the weekend.”

Have a look what else the Vitamin D Council recommends:

http://www.vitamindcouncil.org/about-vitamin-d/how-do-i-get-the-vitamin-d-my-body-needs/

March in March

http://jenniferann1970.wordpress.com/2014/03/18/march-in-march-sydney-photos-2014/

Australia is a beautiful country. Everyone in this country, that I know, leads comparatively a rather good life and does not want this to change. So who are the people who joined the protest march? I actually do not know one person who joined the March in March. Even though I would have liked to protest about quite a few things, somehow I did not make it to do this marching. I am impressed with the people who did. I remember when we protested against the Iraq war, we were called “The Mob” by prime minister Howard. I have the feeling most establishment people would probably put the March in March into a similar category.

Uta’s Diary

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These pictures were taken by daughter Caroline this morning while we were waiting for Peter to come out of surgery. Caroline took the pictures with her phone. I had forgotten my camera. Still, I looked around taking some pictures in my mind. The tree I was touching in the above pictures looked marvellous. It was really smooth to the touch.

Peter’s cataract operation went well. After a couple of hours he was allowed to go home. It was good that Caroline could drive us. Peter has to wear his eye-patch till seven 0’clock tomorrow morning. The patch starts irritating him a lot. He keeps having the feeling that he wants to take it off. At the moment he has been lying down a bit trying to catch up on some sleep.

While we were waiting for Peter, we were able to spend a bit of time in the sun in the hospital grounds. It was a beautiful sunny morning. The older I get the more I love spending time in the sun. I have been reading lately a lot on the benefits of sunshine in connection with the need for Vitamin D. My favourite page on Vitamin D right now is this one:

http://www.vitamindcouncil.org/about-vitamin-d/how-do-i-get-the-vitamin-d-my-body-needs/

FITZROY FALLS

This is a picture that Peter took with his tablet.
This is a picture that Peter took with his tablet.
He also took this picture of me. I had a good rest there at this Lookout before we turned back towards the entrance of the Park.
He also took this picture of me. I had a good rest  at this lookout before we turned back towards  the Visitor Centre.
I would have loved to see the twin falls. However I felt to walk that much further would have been too much for me.
I would have loved to see the Twin Falls. However I felt to walk that much further would have been too much for me.

In our memory sticks another walk more than forty years ago when we went all the way down to the Grotto with our children. Old age is definitely creeping up on us now. Still, we are happy to be able to walk at all and go on outings like this one. It was so rewarding for us to spend last Sunday walking up to at least the first of many lookouts. I think this is also going to stick in our memory, especially since we did take a lot of pictures. It was a Sunday, and naturally because of this there were lots and lots of walkers about, many with very happy, lively children. Everyone was overtaking us! We are used to this by now that everyone is faster than we are. At most places we go to we are usually the oldest and slowest people around.!