New Fitness Classes Added to SCI’s Side-By-Side Program


June 12, 2013                                     


New Fitness Classes Added to SCI’s Side-By-Side Program

New Pilates and Fitness for You classes have been added to the many offerings provided free to cancer patients through the Side-by-Side Program at Simmons Cancer Institute (SCI) at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield.

Pilates will be held from 11 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays starting July 3. Pilates works on developing a strong core or center, and improving coordination and balance. Fitness for You will be held from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. starting Thursday, July 11, and consists of various exercises and fitness routines. Both classes are designed specifically for cancer patients, said Kristi Lessen, outreach coordinator at SCI, who manages the Side-by-Side program.

The program, which treats the emotional side of cancer, provides a variety of classes for patients, their families and caregivers in coping with the stresses of the disease, including yoga, tai chi, qi gong, personal training and reiki massage. Drumming classes, hand and foot massage, support groups and enrichment classes also are offered periodically. For more information on classes or to register for Pilates or Fitness for You, call 217-545-0798.

Simmons Cancer Institute is located at 315 W. Carpenter St. in Springfield. Visitors may enter the parking lot from Carpenter Street.

The mission of Simmons Cancer Institute at SIU is to serve the people of central and southern Illinois by addressing their present and future cancer needs through education, research, patient care and community service. Its website is

Phone 217-545-8000
P.O. Box 19620
Springfield, IL 62794-9620
The mission of SIU School of Medicine is to assist the citizens of central and southern Illinois in meeting their health-care needs through education, patient care, research and service to the community.


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