The Memorial Network, in conjunction with Belleville Health and Sports Center and the YMCA of Southwest Illinois in O’Fallon, offers an exercise program for graduates of a pulmonary rehabilitation program or people with stable lung disease, especially those with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

This program is designed specifically for lung patients, using individualized and gradual reconditioning techniques. Oxygen delivery devices are available at both locations. Intermittent monitoring of pulse oxygen saturation is completed.

Entry Requirements

To begin, you will need:

  • Physician referral
  • Completion of a fitness assessment and functional test

New patients must schedule an appointment before beginning the program. To schedule an appointment for an initial consultation, call (618) 257-5560, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Type of Activity

Held at Belleville Health and Sports Center and O’Fallon’s YMCA, sessions are supervised by a pulmonary rehab staff member, who instructs in self-pacing, pulse taking, breathing techniques, and equipment use.

As a subset of Lively Lungs, Aqua Lungs is offered. This program is designed to improve balance, strength, and endurance in the water. Aqua Lungs is taught by an instructor from the YMCA and specially trained pulmonary rehabilitation staff from Memorial who monitor oxygen and provide professional support. For more information on Aqua Lungs, call (618) 257-5560.


Patients are encouraged to exercise at their own discretion. At the YMCA, a Memorial staff person is available on Tuesday and Thursday from noon to 3 p.m. At Belleville Health and Sports Center, a Memorial staff person is available Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m..


For more information, contact Pulmonary Rehabilitation at (618) 257-5560 or leave a voicemail at (618) 257-6800, extension 5560.