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Wellness Programs

Weekly Movement Programs

9:30 a.m. Tai Chi
11 a.m. Gentle Pilates
No classes September 3

12 p.m. Group Exercise
5:30 p.m. Gentle Yoga

5 p.m. Restorative Yoga
No class July 4

9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. Gentle Exercise
10:30 a.m. Gentle Yoga

All classes are 1 hour unless otherwise noted.


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.

No experience is necessary and all materials are provided. Caregivers are welcome to attend with the person who has been diagnosed.

Priority in scheduling is given to those who are in active treatment or who have a metastatic diagnosis.

Group Exercise for Survivors NEW!

Tuesdays • 12 to 1 p.m.
Judy Siek, Certified Yoga, Pilates and Group Fitness Instructor
This class is especially focused on preparing those who had cancer to establish and maintain a regular healthy movement routine as they transition into their own “new normal” life after cancer. This class is a step above in intensity in comparison to the other classes offered at Waterford Place for those who are looking for more of a challenge. Through a mix of exercise, yoga and Pilates, Group Exercise will help participants gain or regain strength, mobility and endurance while releasing endorphins that promote positive mood at a pace that matches this new phase of the cancer journey. Register Online

Tai Chi/Moving Meditation

Mondays • 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Led by 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 Pilates

Mondays • 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Led by Judy Siek, Certified Yoga, Pilates and Group Fitness Instructor
Although Pilates may sound intimidating, this class is not! Gentle Pilates is a safe and effective movement class designed for everyone and specifically for those just beginning or reengaging in exercise after a cancer diagnosis. Pilates is a method of exercise that consists of low-impact strength and endurance movements while emphasizing healthy posture alignment and muscle control. This is a great way to build core strength while improving balance and flexibility.

Gentle Yoga

Tuesdays • 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Led by Mary Keane, RYT200
Achieve a higher state of mindfulness while building strength and balance. This gentle yoga 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. Register Online

Restorative Yoga

Wednesdays • 5 to 6 p.m.
Led by Chitra Singh, Certified Yoga Instructor
Restorative yoga is a gentle, calming, therapeutic kind of yoga that uses props to support the body for the purpose of cultivating relaxation and balance. Each restorative pose will be held for 5 to 6 minutes to release tension and deepen
relaxation. Register Online

Gentle Movement Through Cancer Treatment

Thursdays • 9:30 to 10:15 a.m.
Led by Judy Siek, Certified Yoga, Pilates and Group Fitness Instructor
This gentle exercise class is designed to help participants with cancer feel better physically, mentally and emotionally. Research shows that those who have cancer and engage in physical activity can benefit in many ways which include
experiencing a reduction in fatigue, an increase in endurance and a boost in energy levels, which also can improve mood. With the use of bands, light weights and other props, participants can expect to gradually build or rebuild strength and stamina while feeling better as a whole person. Register Online

Hatha Yoga

Thursdays • 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Led by Judy Siek, Certified Yoga, Pilates and Group Fitness Instructor
In this gentle yoga class, attendees will discover how to increase balance and mobility, build strength and stamina and gain greater awareness and connections within their bodies. Through the union of body and breath, participants learn to improve physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health. Modifications are offered so that everyone can participate safely. Register Online

A Trip Around the Koshas Yoga Workshop SPECIAL PROGRAM!

Led by Judy Siek, Certified Yoga and Pilates Instructor
During this 6-part series, participants will have the opportunity to explore five essential layers of the body and spirit and how this can be useful through their cancer journey and beyond. This class will be both educational and experiential. Attendance to each class is recommended but not required. Register Online

Manomaya Kosha: The Mental Body Layer

Wednesday, July 18, 12 to 1:15 p.m.

Vijnanamaya Kosha: The Wisdom and Awareness Layer

Wednesday, August 15, 12 to 1:15 p.m.

Anandamaya Kosha: The Bliss Layer

Wednesday, September 19, 12 to 1:15 p.m.

The Healing Kitchen

Presented by Carly Smitherman MS, RDN, LDN
Taste new foods and try recipes in a friendly and fun atmosphere. Nutrition is an important component of care both during and post treatment. Recipe preparation and nutrition topics will be explored as the dish is prepared and sampled. Recipes may contain common food allergens.

Summer Fresh Fruit

Thursday, July 19 • 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Embrace fresh summer flavors by incorporating seasonal fruit into your meals. During this hands-on cooking demonstration, you will learn how to make a mouthwatering watermelon salad, peach salsa, and berry dessert bites. Register Online

Cauliflower Wings

Thursday, August 9 • 6:30 to 8 p.m.
You are invited to gather for a nutritious cooking demonstration featuring a healthy vegetarian twist to the traditional chicken wings. Join us to learn how to make cauliflower wings with healthier dipping sauces. Register Online

Garden Harvest

Thursday, September 13 • 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Learn how to incorporate garden vegetables and herbs into your cooking. Participants will learn uses, benefits, and cooking tips on a variety of vegetables you can find in the garden. Demonstration will feature a fall salad
and stuffed eggplant. Register Online

Nutrition Consultations

By appointment only. Provided by Michelle Cordes, MS, RD, LDN, Clinical Dietitian, Rush Copley Medical Center
Nutrition consultations with a registered and licensed clinical dietitian are available for those diagnosed with cancer. Schedule a Consultation

Waterford Community Vegetable Garden Club

Second and Fourth Wednesdays, July 11 & 25, August 8 & 22 and
September 12 • 6 to 7 p.m.
Led by Chris Weincek and Miles Pauli of
Sow and reap the benefits and joys of growing your own vegetables with other
members of the Waterford Place community by joining the Garden Club. Vegetables grown will be used in upcoming Waterford Place Healing Kitchen cooking demonstrations where participants will have the opportunity to enjoy the unique flavors of fresh grown crops. Funded in part by a grant generously awarded by Ball Horticulture Company. Register Online

Waterford Place Walking Path

Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday - Friday
Waterford Place is home to a beautiful gravel walking path located directly behind our building. Participants are invited to use this path for exercise or gentle meditative strolls through nature.

For more information about these programs or to register, please call 331-301-5280.

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