Expressions of Health Blog
"Videos, Motivations, and Other Positive Stuff"
  1. Strength and Balance Exercises for Travelers, Parts 1 and 2 (No Equipment Necessary)


    Hello Friends!  Following are two videos (Parts 1 and 2) that take you through strength and balance exercises that you can do while traveling or incorporate throughout your day.  Below the videos we have included a list of exercises you can print (copy and paste) to take with you as a guide.  We hope you enjoy these exercises and find them beneficial.  Note:  Be on the lookout for Part 3 – Flexibility.

    As our Spriggles friends say:  “Stay in Shape, Ape”!




    Strength and Balance While Traveling (No Equipment Required)


    Wide Wall Pushups (Tip:  The further you stand from the wall the more difficult)

    Narrow Wall Pushups (Same Tip as Wide)

    Lat Pull Downs (Tip:  Lats are upper back muscles)

    Bicep Curls

    Bent Over Tricep Curls

    Wide Squats  (Tip:  Use back of chair, counter, or other for stability if needed)

    Narrow Squats  (Tip: Same Tip as Wide)

    Standing Leg Curls

    Standing Chest Openers

    Calf Raises

    Calf Stretches

    One Leg Balancing Quadriceps Stretch (Tip: Front Thigh Stretch)

    Standing Balancing Pigeon (Tip:  Can do this in a chair or on floor as well)

    Glute Squeeze

    Kegel Exercises

    Seated Leg Lifts (I meant to say when sitting behind Hospitality Desk (Smile))

    Chair Twist – Chair Chest Opener – Chair Biceps and Triceps

    Abdominal Curls with Twist (Front Core)

    Locust (Back Core)


  2. Free Yoga at the Library (09/28/2011)

    The Robert J. Parks Library in Oscoda will be hosting a FREE YOGA CLASS on Wednesday, Sept. 28 from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm.  The entire community is welcome to attend this beginner class that will utilize a gentle, slow-flow style to enhance flexibility, strength, balance, and peace of mind. This class is accessible to all age groups and levels of fitness.

    It is recommended that you bring your own yoga or exercise mat (there will be a limited supply available), water, and eat only a light meal no later than one hour before class.  The class will be taught by Martha and Jeff Gottlieb of Expressions of Health.

    So gather your friends and family and join us for this exciting free event.  For more information, contact the Robert J. Parks Library at (989) 739- 9581 or Expressions of Health at (989) 739-5498.


  3. Oscoda Sunrise


    Please take a few calming minutes to enjoy this beautiful Autumn sunrise from Oscoda, Michigan.  The view is over Lake Huron and is taken from Expressions of Health.  We look forward to having you join us for relaxation and healing, as well as enjoying future sunrises like this one.  Peace and joy, Martha and Jeff.


  4. Balancing Our Options


    Expressions of Health motivates you to practice your basic balance postures and offers you tips to be successful.  We hope you enjoy this short video and please let us know what other exercises, postures, or topics you are interested in.

    Namaste,  Martha and Jeff



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    The YMCA has a terrific monthly Healthy Family Home newsletter that we strongly endorse.  To sign-up, go here:

  6. National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month (Presidential Proclamation)

    Presidential Proclamation

    Since the 1970s, the rate of childhood obesity in our country has tripled, and today a third of American children are overweight or obese.  This dramatic rise threatens to have far‑reaching, long-term effects on our children’s health, livelihoods, and futures.  Without major changes, a third of children born in the year 2000 will develop Type 2 diabetes during their lifetimes, and many others will face obesity‑related problems like heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer, and asthma.  As a Nation, our greatest responsibility is to ensure the well-being of our children.  By taking action to address the issue of childhood obesity, we can help America’s next generation reach their full potential.

    Together, we can stop this epidemic in its tracks.  Over the last year and a half, the First Lady’s Let’s Move!initiative has brought together Federal agencies and some of the biggest corporations and nonprofits from across our country, working to meet our national goal of solving the problem of childhood obesity within a generation. Let’s Move! aims to help ensure we can make healthy choices about the foods we eat and how much exercise we get, while building the habits necessary to tackle one of the most urgent health issues we face in this country.  I invite all Americans to visit to learn more about this initiative and how to help children eat healthy and stay active.

    Everyone has a role to play in preventing and reversing the tide of childhood obesity.  This year, we announced groundbreaking partnerships with grocery stores and other retailers to increase access to healthy food in underserved areas.  These stores have pledged to increase their fruit and vegetable offerings and to open new locations in communities where nutritious food is limited or unavailable.  Childhood obesity cuts across all cultural and demographic lines, so Let’s Move! has started initiatives to reach every cross‑section of America, from urban and rural areas to schools, health clinics, and child care homes and centers.  These programs touch everyone, from faith‑based communities to Indian Country, empowering kids and their families to discover the fun in healthy eating and exercise.

    Schools also have an important role in ensuring our children live full and active lives.  Last December, I signed the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act into law, enacting comprehensive change that will allow more children to eat healthier school lunches.  One of the cornerstones of Let’s Move! is the HealthierUS School Challenge.  This year, America met the goal of doubling the number of schools meeting the Challenge’s requirements for expanding nutrition and physical activity opportunities.  These 1,250 schools have shown that together, we can go above and beyond to give our kids the healthy future they deserve.

    We are coordinating across the Federal Government to make our goal a reality.  This year, the Federal Government released updated Dietary Guidelines for Americans, providing a science‑based roadmap for individuals to make healthy choices, and emphasizing the importance of good nutrition and an active lifestyle.  We adapted the food pyramid to a new design ‑‑ MyPlate ‑‑ to encourage balanced meals.  And our Healthy People 2020 initiative incorporates childhood obesity prevention in its goals for increasing the health of all Americans.

    Across our country, parents are working hard every day to make sure their kids are healthy, and my Administration is committed to supporting families in their efforts.  During National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, we recognize the outstanding work our businesses, communities, and families are doing to help us meet our responsibilities to our children.  I urge all Americans to help us meet our goal of solving the problem of childhood obesity within a generation.

    NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim September 2011 as National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month.  I encourage all Americans to take action by learning about and engaging in activities that promote healthy eating and greater physical activity by all our Nation’s children.

    IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirty-first day of August, in the year of our Lord two thousand eleven, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-sixth.