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, Certified Cancer Exercise Trainer 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, 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.

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.

Gentle Pilates

Thursdays • 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

Thursdays • 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.

Yoga for Bone Health Workshop

Tuesday, November 9 • 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Mary Keane, RYT200, Certified Yoga Instructor

Cancer patients face an increased risk for bone loss and fractures due to the direct effects of cancer on the skeleton and the side effects of many cancer therapies. Learn and practice yoga and exercises specifically tailored for osteopenia and osteoporosis.

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.

The Healing Kitchen: Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with Fall Salad

Thursday, November 18 • 6 to 7 p.m.
Carly Smitherman, MS, RDN, LDN

Taste new foods in a friendly and fun atmosphere. Join us for a Mediterraneaninspired cooking demonstration as our chef presents Mediterranean stuffed sweet potatoes served with homemade garlicroasted hummus and a delicious fall salad. Register Online

The Healing Kitchen: Root Veggie Pizza with Whole Wheat Crust

Thursday, December 9 • 6 to 7 p.m.
Carly Smitherman, MS, RDN, LDN

Pizza night doesn’t have to mean skimping on nutrition. You can sneak in some veggies while still indulging in the flavors you love. Join this hands-on cooking demonstration to learn to make a delicious root veggie pizza with whole wheat crust. Space is limited so sign up today. Register Online

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