Wellness

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 will be 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. Register Online

Gentle Movement

Mondays • 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Judy Siek, 500 eCYT and Certified Pilates and Group Fitness Instructor
This virtual beginner movement class will assist in improving balance, increasing range of motion, strengthening muscles and building strength and resilience for daily life. Register Online

Gentle Yoga

Tuesdays • 5 to 6 p.m.
Mary Keane, RYT200
Achieve a higher state of mindfulness while building strength and balance. This virtual class will help participants managing cancer to tap into their individual mind-body connection to improve overall wellness. Modifications are offered so that everyone can participate safely. Props used in this class include blankets, yoga blocks/books, strap/belt and a chair. Register Online

Restorative Yoga

Wednesdays • 5 to 6 p.m.
Chitra Singh, Certified Yoga Instructor
Restorative yoga is a calming, therapeutic yoga that uses props to support the body for the purpose of cultivating relaxation and balance. Each restorative pose will be held for five to six minutes to release tension and deepen relaxation. Props used in this virtual class include bolster/blankets, yoga blocks/books, strap/belt and a chair. Register Online

Lymphedema-Focused Movement

Thursdays • 11 a.m. to Noon
Judy Siek, 500 eCYT and Certified Pilates 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. Props used in this class include a yoga mat, chair and a wall.

Yoga for Lymphedema Workshop

Tuesday, June 8 • 5 to 6 p.m.
Mary Keane, E-RYT200

Help manage lymphedema using yoga poses and other exercises. Props required include towels or blankets, a strap or tie, and two firm cushions or pillows. A yoga mat is optional but suggested. Register Online

Nutrition Consultations

By appointment only
Michelle Cordes, MS, RD, LDN, Rush Copley Medical Center
Virtual 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 assist you in managing treatment side effects and increasing intake of healthier food options.

Nutrition and Cancer: Facts vs. Myths

Thursday, May 6 • 6 to 7 p.m.
Michelle Cordes, MS, RD, LDN, Rush Copley Medical Center

Many myths surround nutrition and cancer. Hear what the current research says about soy, sugar and other foods in relation to cancer to decide what’s right for you. A
question-and-answer session will follow. Register Online

Healing Kitchen: Dark Chocolate Dipped Pears

Thursday, May 13 • 6 to 6:30 p.m.
Carly Smitherman, MS, RDN, LDN

In this 30-minute cooking demonstration, you will learn how to make delicious dark chocolate dipped pears — a healthy alternative to satisfy your sweet tooth! You will receive the recipe prior to the demonstration and a recording of the demonstration afterward. Register Online

Healing Kitchen: Mason Jar Salads

Thursday, June 10 • 6 to 6:30 p.m.
Carly Smitherman, MS, RDN, LDN

Discover the convenience of fresh, easy mason jar salads. These are perfect to prep ahead. The recipe will be sent before the class and you will receive a recording of the demonstration afterward. Register Online

Gentle Yoga with Mary Keane

Enjoy gentle yoga with Yoga and Wellness Leader Mary Keane, RYT200. You will need two pillows and two blankets for this four-part workout. Achieve a higher state of mindfulness while building strength and balance.
Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV

Low Impact 30-minute Workout

Work out without stressing your joints. Judy Siek, certified Pilates and group fitness instructor, leads you through this effective but safe 30-minute, low impact workout.

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