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Wellness Programs

Weekly Movement Programs

9:30 a.m.-Tai Chi
11 a.m.-Gentle Pilates
No classes May 28

5:30 p.m.-Gentle Yoga

5 p.m.-Restorative Yoga

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.

Tai Chi/Moving Meditation

Mondays • 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Led by Kristi Niedzwiecki, ACE Certified Fitness Instructor

Tai Chi is an ancient form of meditative movement and exercise that leads to harmony of mind and body while increasing control and balance.

Gentle Pilates

Mondays • 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Led by Judy Siek, Certified Yoga and Pilates Instructor

Pilates is a low-impact exercise that consists of a series of exercises that develop the body’s strength, flexibility and control.

Gentle Yoga

Tuesdays • 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Thursdays • 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Led by Mary Keane, RYT200 and Judy Siek, Certified Yoga and Pilates Instructor

Attendees will learn to increase balance and mobility, build strength and stamina and gain greater awareness and connections within their bodies. Modifications are offered so that everyone can participate safely.

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.

Gentle Exercise

Thursdays • 9:30 to 10:15 a.m.
Led by Judy Siek, Certified Yoga and Pilates Instructor

This exercise class is designed to help those who are in active treatment and  who have newly transitioned into post-treatment life in engaging in safe and healthy movement as well as gentle strength building.

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.

A Healthy Makeover for the Classic Potato Chip
Thursday, April 12 • 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Join this fun class featuring a variety of veggie chips, roasted edamame and chickpeas, and crispy snap peas.

Nutrient Driven Spring Salads
Thursday, May 10 • 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Let’s make some protein powered salads with a variety of fresh fruits and  veggies that your taste buds will love! Salads will be garnished with healthier homemade dressings and toppers.

Fruit Filled Refreshers
Thursday, June 14 • 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Need a refresher on a hot summer day? Come join us for a variety of nutritious and delicious beverages that will quench your thirst.

Nutrition Consultations

Wednesdays and Thursdays, April 4 & 19, May 2 & 17, June 6 & 21 • 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. 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.

A Trip Around the Koshas Yoga Workshop

Led by Judy Siek, Certified Yoga and Pilates Instructor

During this 6-part series, participants will have the opportunity to explore 5  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.

What are the Koshas?
Wednesday, April 18 • 12 to 1:15 p.m.

Annamaya Kosha: The Physical Layer
Wednesday, May 16 • 12 to 1:15 p.m.

Pranamaya Kosha: The Vital Energy Layer
Wednesday, June 20 • 12 to 1:15 p.m.

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.

Eating Right for Your Cancer Type: Head and Neck Cancer

Tuesday, May 1 • 6:30 to 8 p.m. and Wednesday, May 23 • 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Presented by Michelle Cordes, RD, LDN, Clinical Dietitian, Rush Copley Medical Center

Do you have questions about nutrition as it relates to a head and neck cancer  diagnosis? Would you like more information on foods to avoid, accommodations for eating related side effects or healthy alternatives as a result of dietary restrictions? Join in on this conversation with Registered Dietitian, Michelle Cordes, to learn more and ask the questions you’ve been wanting answers to. This program is appropriate for all head and neck cancer patients, both in treatment and post treatment, as well as caregivers. The same presentation is being offered at two separate days/times in an effort to accommodate for  different schedules.

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

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