Wellness

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 10:30 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: Level 2

Mondays • 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 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 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 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.

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.

Healthing Kitchen Mediterranean-Style Diet Series

Carly Smitherman, MS, RDN, LDN
Did you know that the Mediterranean-style diet is considered to be one of the healthiest diets worldwide? It is a plant-based, nutrient-rich style of eating that incorporates traditional flavors and cooking methods from the Mediterranean region. Join us for our summer series to learn more about the Mediterranean-style diet while exploring new ingredients and recipes.

Quinoa Tabbouleh with Chickpeas and Greek Pasta

Thursday, August 11 • 6 to 7 p.m.
Quinoa is a tiny nutritional powerhouse loaded with protein. Add the vitamins, minerals, and fiber from chickpeas, and these dishes will be the stars of your next get-together! Learn how to make these two nutritious and refreshing Mediterranean salads that are great as a small meal or side dish.

Mediterranean Chicken Burger

Thursday, September 8 • 6 to 7 p.m.
These ground chicken burgers are the perfect weeknight meal when you need a delicious filling dinner but don’t have a lot of time. Made with ground chicken instead of beef, these burgers are loaded with
Mediterranean flavors and topped with a creamy tzatziki sauce that is sure to please.

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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.