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Program Details


Activities Offered
  • Fitness
Building Access
  • Meets ADA standards

Staff Training and Certification
  • Staff Training: Yes
  • Staff Certification:Kinesiology/Physical Education/Exercise Science; Adapted Phys Ed/Therapeutic Rec; Physical Therapy/PT Assistant; Occupational Therapy/OT Assistant; ACSM Certification; ACE Certification; RN;

  • Accessible by Public Transportation: Yes

  • Transportation Provided by the Program: No


Adaptive exercise program for individuals with cancer at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital helps patients regain physical and emotional strength after cancer treatment.

It's a program for patients who are going through cancer treatment or are done with treatment. The goal is to keep patients strong physically, mentally and emotionally. Being strong is not just about muscles.

The program offers three phases designed to ease patients back into activity with range-of-motion, balance and stability exercises.

Phase I involves 30 minutes of deep breathing, stretching and other exercises once or twice per week.

When ready, patients can move to Phase II, which adds more exercises and small weights.

Phases I and II are offered at both the hospital and the Fitness Center twice a week.

For Phase III, patients join the Fitness Center and work with a trainer in 60-minute sessions to develop a personalized exercise program.

Pre-paid punch cards valid for ten 30-minute classes are available for $60 from the Good Shepherd Hospital Health & Fitness Center for Phases I and II. Plus, there's an added bonus: The family member who escorts you can attend the class for free.