Wellness Programs

Wellness is a core part of our Waterford Place programming. Nutrition, movement and yoga help to build strong bodies to aid in the recovery during and following treatment. Our programs emphasize a healthy lifestyle that includes physical activity and plant-based nutrition.

All movement programs are live virtual classes. No experience necessary. To register, please call (331) 301-5280.

Tai Chi/Moving Meditation

Mondays • 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Kristi Niedzwiecki, ACE Certified Fitness Instructor

Center yourself as you become aware of your own energy, while relaxing and strengthening your body without injury or strain. Tai chi is an ancient form of meditative exercise that helps to harmonize mind and body. A simplified routine is taught with traditional postures and slow soft movements.

Gentle Movement

Mondays • 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Judy Siek, 500 eCYT and Certified Pilates and Group Fitness Instructor

This beginner movement class will help improve balance, increase range of motion, strengthen muscles and build strength and resilience for daily life.

Gentle Yoga

Tuesdays • 5 to 6 p.m. 
Mary Keane, RYT200

Achieve a higher state of mindfulness while building strength and balance. This class will help you manage your cancer by tapping into your mind-body connection to improve overall wellness. Modifications are offered so that everyone can participate safely. Props used in this class include a yoga mat, blocks, yoga strap or belt/tie. 

Restorative Yoga

Wednesdays • 5 to 6 p.m.
Chitra Singh, Certified Yoga Instructor

Restorative yoga is a calming, therapeutic yoga that cultivates relaxation and balance and uses props to support the body. Eachrestorative pose will be held for five to sixminutes to release tension and deepen relaxation. Props used in this class include a yoga mat, bolster, blocks, yoga strap or belt/tie.

Lymphedema-Focused Movement

Thursdays • 11 a.m. to Noon
Judy Siek, 500 eCYT, Certified Cancer Exercise Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor

This class will address cancer-related lymphedema through gentle movement and stretches for both the upper and lower body. Modifications are offered so that everyone can participate safely. A yoga mat is recommended.

Men’s Health and Fitness NEW

Thursdays: July 1 and 15, August 12 and 26, September 2 and 16 • 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Judy Siek, 500 eCYT, Certified Cancer Exercise Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor

This class is specially designed for men living with prostate cancer and its aftermath to help improve endurance, strengthen muscles and increase mobility. A yoga mat is recommended. Register Online

Nutrition Consultations

By appointment only
Michelle Cordes, MS, RD, LDN, Rush Copley Medical Center

Nutrition consultations are available for anyone diagnosed with cancer at any stage of diagnosis. Our registered dietitian will discuss basic meal preparation and current diet trends and help you manage treatment-related side effects and choose healthier foods. Consultations are available virtually, by phone or in person.

Healing Kitchen: Roast Salmon with Walnut-Flaxseed Pesto

Thursday, July 8 • 6 to 6:30 p.m.
Carly Smitherman, MS, RDN, LDN

Learn to make an easy and healthy seafood dish! The recipe will be sent in advance and a recording of the demonstration will be provided after the class. 

Healing Kitchen: Vegan Ceviche with Mango and Avocado

Thursday, August 12 • 6 to 6:30 p.m.
Carly Smitherman, MS, RDN, LDN

In this 30-minute cooking demonstration, you will learn how to make a vegan version of a refreshing summer dish. The recipe will be sent in advance and a recording of the demonstration will be provided after the class.

Healing Kitchen: Quinoa Crab Cakes

Thursday, September 9 • 6 to 6:30 p.m.
Carly Smitherman, MS, RDN, LDN

Join Carly as she makes delicious quinoa crab cakes. The recipe will be sent before the class and you will receive a recording of the demonstration

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