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Wellness Programs

Weekly Movement Programs

9:30 a.m. Tai Chi/Moving Meditation
11 a.m. Gentle Pilates
No classes on May 27

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

5 p.m. Restorative Yoga

9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. Group Movement: Level 1
10:30 a.m. Hatha 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 Movement: Level 1

Thursdays • 9:30 to 10:15 a.m., Judy Siek, 500 eCYT and Certified 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

Group Movement: Level 2

Tuesdays • 12 to 1 p.m., Judy Siek, 500 eCYT and Certified 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

Gentle Yoga

Tuesdays • 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., 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

Hatha Yoga

Thursdays • 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Judy Siek, 500 eCYT and Certified 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 create balance that can help improve physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health. Modifications are offered so that everyone can participate safely. Register Online

Restorative Yoga

Wednesdays • 5 to 6 p.m., 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

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. Register Online

Gentle Pilates

Mondays • 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., Judy Siek, 500 eCYT and, Certified 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. Register Online

The Healing Kitchen

Carly Smitherman MS, RDN, LDN
Community Foundation of the Fox River ValleyTaste new foods and try recipes in a friendly and fun atmosphere. Nutrition is an important component of care both during and post treatment. Preparation and nutrition will be explored as the dish is prepared and sampled. Recipes may contain common food allergens. Audio/Visual provided through a grant generously awarded by the Community Foundation of the Fox Valley.

The Healing Kitchen: Vegan Fettuccine Alfredo

Thursday, April 11 • 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Carly Smitherman, MS, RDN, LDN
Participants are invited to join us for an Italian inspired cooking demonstration as our chef presents vegan fettucine alfredo.

The Healing Kitchen: Homemade Falafel and Hummus

Thursday, May 9 • 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Carly Smitherman, MS, RDN, LDN
Join us for a Mediterranean inspired cooking demonstration as ourchef teaches participants how to makefalafel from scratch served with homemade hummus.

The Healing Kitchen: Protein-Powered Sandwiches

Thursday, June 13 • 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Carly Smitherman, M.S., RDN, LDN
Participants are invited to join us for ahands-on cooking demonstration featuring plant-based protein poweredlunch sandwiches. 

Waterford Place Walking Path

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

Introduction to Healthy Movement and Diet

Wednesday, June 12 • 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Kelly Huggins, MSW, LCSW
Join Kelly as she introduces beginning steps to a healthier you. Learn basic strategies for movement and eating healthier.

Waterford Community Vegetable Garden Club

Wednesdays, April 10 and 24, May 8 and 22, June 12 and 26 • 6 to 7 p.m.
Miles Pauli, Owner, Pauli’s Produce & Gardens

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. Guest presenters will be invited once a month to discuss gardening related topics. 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.

Nutrition Consultations

By appointment only, 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

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

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