Skip to Content

Wellness Programs

Weekly Movement Programs

Mondays
9:30 a.m. Tai Chi/Moving Meditation
11 a.m. Gentle Pilates
No classes December 24 and December 31

Tuesdays
12 p.m. Group Exercise for Survivors
5:30 p.m. Gentle Yoga
No classes on December 25 and January 1

Wednesdays
5 p.m. Restorative Yoga
No classes on November 21 and December 26

Thursdays
9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. Group Movement: Level 1
10:30 a.m. Hatha Yoga
No classes on November 22

All classes are 1 hour unless otherwise noted.

WELLNESS

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: Homemade Hummus

Thursday, October 11 • 6:30 to 8 p.m., Carly Smitherman MS, RDN, LDN
Join us as we explore different flavors of homemade hummus. During this demonstration you will learn how to create a variety of different types of hummus from scratch. If you haven’t tried this delicious creamy dip yet, or even if you have, you don't want to miss this demonstration! Register Online

The Healing Kitchen: Vegetarian Taco Night

Thursday, November 8 • 6:30 to 8 p.m., Carly Smitherman MS, RDN, LDN
Participants are invited to this hands-on cooking demonstration, where you will learn how to make delicious sweet potato black bean tacos and lentil taco “meat.” Taco night will never be the same in your house after you learn these creative and healthy recipes. Register Online

The Healing Kitchen: Nutritious Stir-Fry

Thursday, December 20 • 6:30 to 8 p.m., Carly Smitherman MS, RDN, LDN
Join us for a clean take on the traditional stir-fry. During this demonstration we will explore how to use cauliflower as a healthier alternative to fried rice. After this demonstration you’ll want to skip the takeout and have homemade every time! Register Online

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.

Make a Difference

Waterford Place is free of charge to participants; however it is entirely supported by philanthropy meaning that every gift matters. There are many fundraising, corporate giving, individual donation, wish list and volunteer opportunities. Learn more about ways to give -->