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Wellness Programs

Weekly Movement Programs

9:30 a.m. Tai Chi/Moving Meditation
11 a.m. Gentle Pilates
12 p.m. Yoga for Bone Health

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.
No classes on July 4.


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., 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

Yoga for Bone Health

Mondays • 12 to 1 p.m., Judy Siek, 500 eCYT and Certified Pilates and Group Fitness Instructor
In addition to providing stress reduction and a mild workout, yoga can also be an effective treatment for osteoporosis. Research has shown that yoga can prevent or slow the process of bone loss. This class is specifically designed to support bone health. 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

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

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

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

Nutrition Consultations

By appointment only
Michelle Cordes, MS, RD, LDN
Rush Copley Medical Center Individual nutrition consultations are available for anyone diagnosed with cancer at any stage of their diagnosis. Our registered dietitian will discuss current diet trends and assist you in managing treatment side effects, basic meal preparation and increasing intake of healthier food options.

The Healing Kitchen: Veggie Stir-Fry - CANCELLED

Thursday, March 12 • 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Carly Smitherman, MS, RDN, LDN
Join us for a healthy and 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 Chinese takeout and have homemade every time! Register Online

The Healing Kitchen: Taco Night

Thursday, April 23 • 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Carly Smitherman, MS, RDN, LDN
Participants are invited to a vegetarian's twist on Taco Night. During this hands-on cooking demonstration, you will learn how to make delicious vegan tacos with lentil taco "meat" served with vegan nachos. Taco night will never be the same in your house after you learn these creative recipes. Space is limited. Register Online

The Healing Kitchen: Nutrient-Driven Spring Salads

Thursday, May 28 • 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Carly Smitherman, MS, RDN, LDN
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. Audio/visual provided through a grant generously awarded by the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley. Register Online

Waterford Place Walking Path

Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. • Monday through 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.

Waterford Community Vegetable Garden Club

Wednesdays, May 13 and 27, June 10 and 24, July 8 and 22, August 12 and 26, September 9 and 23 • 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 amonth 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 freshly grown crops. Funded in part by a grant generously awarded by Ball Horticultural Company. Register Online

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

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