Memorial Hospital

Lively Lungs

About the program

Memorial Hospital, 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 persons 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.

Individuals undergo an initial consultation with a respiratory therapist from Memorial Hospital to help determine which form of exercise is appropriate.

Entry requirements

To begin, you will need:

  • Physician referral
  • Completion of a fitness test

New patients must schedule an appointment before beginning the program. To schedule an appointment, 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, this program is designed so you can exercise without having to worry about heat or poor air quality. Small groups work out at their own pace on stationary bikes, treadmills, and with light weights.

All sessions are supervised by a respiratory therapist who instructs in self-pacing, pulse taking, breathing techniques, and equipment use.

As a sub-set of Lively Lungs, Aqua Lungs is offered as an alternative that 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 Hospital who monitor oxygen and provide professional support. For more information on Aqua Lungs, call (618) 257-5560.


The program is conducted by Memorial’s staff, which includes respiratory therapists specially trained in pulmonary rehabilitation.


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 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.


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

Pulmonary Rehabilitation

4500 Memorial Drive
Belleville, Illinois 62226
(618) 257-5560

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Respiratory Care Services

4500 Memorial Drive
Belleville, Illinois 62226
(618) 257-5561

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Healthgrades - Pulmonary Care

Healthgrades - Pulmonary Care

Memorial Hospital receives Healthgrades Pulmonary Excellence Award three years in a row.

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