Wellness Programs

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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 10:15 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: Level 1

Mondays • 12:30 to 1 p.m.
Judy Siek, 500 eCYT, Certified Cancer Exercise Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor 
Designed for those who are newly diagnosed with cancer or in active treatment, this class will help you feel better physically, mentally and emotionally. Physical activity can reduce fatigue, increase endurance, boost energy levels and improve mood. With the use of bands, light weights and other props, you will build or rebuild strength and stamina.

Gentle Movement: Level 2

Mondays • 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Judy Siek, 500 eCYT, Certified Cancer Exercise Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor 
Designed for those who have completed treatment, this class offers a mix of exercise, yoga and Pilates to help you gain or regain strength, mobility and endurance. Compared to other classes at Waterford Place, this class is a step above in intensity. If you’re looking for more of a challenge, this class will help you establish a regular exercise routine.

Gentle Yoga

Tuesdays • 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Mary Keane, RYT200, Certified Yoga Instructor
Achieve a higher state of mindfulness while building strength and balance. This gentle yoga class will help you manage cancer by tapping into your mind-body connection to improve overall wellness. Modifications are offered so everyone can participate safely.

Gentle Pilates

Wednesdays • 10 to 10:45 a.m.
Judy Siek, 500 eCYT, Certified Cancer Exercise Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor
Low impact Pilates is a series of exercises that develop the body’s strength, flexibility and control.

Lymphedema-Focused Movement

Wednesdays • 11 to 11:45 a.m.
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. 

Restorative Yoga

Wednesdays • 5 to 6 p.m.
Chitra Singh, Certified Yoga Instructor 
Restorative yoga is a gentle, calming, therapeutic yoga that cultivates relaxation and balance and uses props to support the body. Each restorative pose will be held for five to six minutes to release tension and deepen relaxation.

Chair Yoga and Mobility

Thursdays •  11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Judy Siek, 500 eCYT, Certified Cancer Exercise Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor
This all-level class includes breathwork, meditation and gentle movement to enhance mobility and strengthen muscles and bones.

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.

Healing Kitchen

The Healing Kitchen is a program dedicated to supporting cancer survivors through their journey by emphasizing the role of nutrition in overall well-being. Through a blend of education and hands-on experiences, participants gain valuable insights into healthy dietary choices. The program aims to empower survivors with knowledge and practical skills, fostering a sense of control and resilience in their survivorship.

No-Bake Energy Bites

Thursday, July 11 • 6 to 7 p.m.
This is a family-friendly, make-and-take event. You and your family will assemble the Energy Bites to take home and eat. Easy to make, these bites are full of good ingredients and taste delicious. Please note this recipe contains potential allergens: nuts, soy and gluten.

Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Thursday, August 8 • 6 to 7 p.m.
This easy recipe is great to make during the summer, since it will not heat up your entire kitchen. Plus, the wraps are low in salt and low in fat. 

Garden Tortellini Salad

Thursday, September 12 • 6 to 7 p.m.
Looking for a new twist on pasta salad? This salad is colorful and a good source of fiber.

Waterford Gardening Club

First and Third Wednesdays: July 3 and 17, August 7 and 21, September 4 and 18, October 2 • 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Sow and reap the benefits and joys of growing your own vegetables with other members of the Waterford Place community. Join the Garden Club and learn to grow food, decrease your stress, and build community and support with others. Harvested produce will be shared with the entire Waterford Place community.

Walk Toward Wellness

Fourth Thursdays: July 25, August 22 and September 26 • 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Join other cancer patients for monthly walks, and find friendship and support. Together, we ensure you are not alone on your path to wellness. 

Make a Difference

Waterford Place is free of charge to participants; however it is entirely supported by philanthropy meaning that every gift matters. Learn more about ways to give.