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Wellness Programs

Weekly Movement Programs

9:30 a.m.-Tai Chi
11 a.m.-Gentle Pilates
No classes January 1

5:30 p.m.-Gentle Yoga
No classes January 2

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.

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 Judy Siek, Certified Yoga and Pilates 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.

Nutrition Consultations

By appointment only. Wednesdays and Thursdays, January 3 & 18, February 7 & 15 and March 7 & 15 • 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
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.

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.

Veggie Sushi Couple’s Cooking Class!
Thursday, February 15 • 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Have fun with your partner making your very own sushi rolls using delicious vegetables in a whole new way!

Community Foundation of the Fox River ValleyPromoting Healthy Digestion
Thursday, March 22 • 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Learn about superfoods that aid your body in performing the vital steps needed to break down the food you eat and unlock the essential nutrients you need.

Audio/visual provided through a grant generously awarded by the Community
Foundation of the Fox Valley.

Loving Kindness Yoga Workshop

February 16 • 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Presented by Dr. Kristen Esposito Brendel, Per La Vita Wellness, LLC
This two-hour workshop combines yoga poses with Loving Kindness meditation. You will be guided through poses that gradually and gently prepare your body, mind, and spirit for the guided meditation practice. Please dress comfortably and in layers. Warm socks are recommended for putting on your feet during our final meditation and savasana. This practice is suited for any fitness level or ability, as modifications will be presented for individual physical needs and comfort.

Yoga for Bone Loss Workshop

Tuesday, March 6 • 10 to 11:30 am
Facilitated by Marianne Woods Cirone, MS, MFA, CYT-500, E-RYT, a writer, yoga and wellness educator

Did you know that cancer, cancer treatment and related conditions can all increase the risk of bone loss? The practice of safe and effective yoga and exercise for bone health can help. Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to learn more about this topic from acclaimed oncology yoga expert, Marianne Cirone. This class will consist of both a lecture and practice portion so it is advised that participants dress comfortably.

Eating Right for Your Cancer Type: Breast Cancer

Wednesday, March 14 • 10 to 11:30 a.m. or Tuesday, March 27 • 6:30 to 8 p.m., Presented by Michelle Cordes, RD, LDN, Clinical Dietitian, Rush Copley Medical Center

Do you have questions about nutrition as it relates to your breast 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? Has your diagnosis impacted your weight management goals? 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 breast 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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