WELLNESS CENTER MEMBERS OF THE MONTH
Please join us in congratulating Mr. Donald Wood as the JCK Wellness Center gym member of the month for December 2022!
"The James C. Kennedy Wellness Center opened in January of 2016. I began using the center the very first day. It is now January 2023, and I have been coming to the center for 7 years on an average of three days a week. I was 78 years old and weighed 195lbs when I started. I am now 84 years old and weigh 165 lbs. I've lost 30lbs and for my age, I am in very good shape. I feel so fortunate to have a Wellness Center of this caliber and such a wonderful and professional staff to help me on my journey to good health. Thank you guys!" - Donald W. Wood
Please join us in congratulating Jimmy Venable as JCK Wellness Center gym member of the month for October 2022!
"Following rehab on my injured back in November 2015, the rehab staff and trainer schooled me in various exercises and machines in the Kennedy Center to help in my recovery. These were very helpful and also helped my cardio vascular system. My back Dr. at Semmes-Murphey clinic says, "Motion is lotion, keep on moving". The JCK Wellness Center is a great place to "Keep on moving." - Jimmy Venable
Please join us in congratulating Allie Bloodworth as the Gym Member of the Month for August 2022!
“I am honored to be recognized as gym member of the month at the James C. Kennedy Wellness Center. The Wellness Center is a wonderful place to be, and the staff is amazing! Barbara and Joe always have a smile on their face and treat everyone like family. Each staff member is attentive and helpful to everyone that comes in, so they make a great team! The different programs and services offered can help fit anyone's needs. I am very thankful that the wellness center is a part of our community, and I am just as thankful to be a part of this great place. If you are looking for a supportive and friendly setting to improve your health, I highly recommend the JCK Wellness Center at TGH." - Allie Bloodworth
"I'm so thankful to be apart of the JCK Wellness Center family. The wellness center is such a great asset to the Charleston community due to all of the nice equipment and great staff that is eager to help in any way. I'm grateful for the employees and also members of the gym that have helped keep me motivated and reach my fitness goals. I would highly recommend the wellness center to anyone looking to start a healthier lifestyle." - Avery Rowland
We would like to congratulate Mon'Timmia Brooks for being chosen as James C. Kennedy Wellness Center gym member of the month for April 2022! Congratulations and keep up the good work!
"I am so thankful to be part of the James C. Kennedy Wellness Center gym family. The Wellness Center is a great place with great employees. I have always felt that I could go to anyone there if I needed help with any equipment. I would like to thank Mrs. Jennifer Taylor and Joseph Lindley for teaching the fitness classes and keeping me motivated. Overall being back in the gym has helped me both mentally and physically. Joining the Wellness Center has been the best decision I have made and hopefully you all will join the gym family too."
- Mon'Timmia Brooks
Please join us in congratulating Marcus Flowers as the Gym Member of the Month for February 2022! Marcus is an early riser and a dedicated gym member.
"It is truly an honor to have been recognized as the James C. Kennedy Wellness Center's Gym Member of the Month for February 2022. I consider it a blessing to be able to have a place that I can go to and try to improve my health and wellness. The JCK Wellness Center is a good and clean facility with professional and cordial staff. The location and ho9urs of operation are convenient as well. I look forward to continuing my journey into a healthier lifestyle at the wellness center." ~ Marcus Flowers
Please join us in congratulating Roger Box as the Gym Member of Month for December 2021! Roger is a dedicated member and gives 100% each time that he is here.
“Just want to give thanks to the staff at the James C Kennedy Wellness Center for their encouragement they give to their patrons. I have been with other health gyms before, but have never had a staff to give you the encouragement and help they have. Not only the staff, but those that workout here. It has been so easy to make friends with others who attend unlike any other gym. Got health problems? The staff is all well trained in many fields to help you! As a diabetic, I joined the diabetic education program and I have been able to bring my A1C down from 7.5 to 6.0%! Thanks to everyone here, from staff to patrons!” ~ Roger Box
Please join us in congratulating Yahaira Lee for being the Gym Member of the Month for October 2021. She is a dedicated member and we are so very proud of her!!
“I decided to get serious about my health and weight loss journey and decided to join the wellness center in 2019. Since joining the wellness center it has allowed me to reach my fitness goals! The staff is always so nice and encouraging. It has been one of the best decisions I have made and now I enjoy going as much as possible!” ~ Yahaira Lee
“I am so grateful for the Wellness Center; it has helped me both mentally and physically. I started working out at the Wellness Center around June of 2019, and I have been committed to it ever since.
I would like to thank Joseph Lindley and Cruz Garfield for helping me in the gym, and keeping me motived. The Wellness Center really is a great place with great employees. I’ve always felt I could go to anyone there if I needed help with anything.
The Wellness Center helps me escape the stress that life brings. Being able to work out with others that have the same goal as me, which is to become a better version of yourself, is great. I think I can speak for all members of the Wellness Center by saying that we are so thankful to have it.” ~ Thomas Lewis
“I am a retired veteran living with PTSD and Fibromyalgia. Two years ago, my medicine didn't seem to be helping so I decided to join the gym. My PTSD and Fibromyalgia has never been more manageable. Exercise will not make it go away but it has helped me better tolerate my symptoms. I encourage all that struggle with PTSD to start a regular exercise regimen, it will change your life. We are so blessed to have a beautiful state of the art facility right at our back door steps. The Wellness center staff welcomes you with such uplifting, positive energy. You never meet a stranger and I can't wait to go back each day.” -Darrell Ray
Paul and Mary Jo Long
“Proverbs tells us to watch over our heart with all diligence, because from it flow the issues of life. Obviously, it is speaking of more than just our physical hearts, but of the whole of our being, emotionally, physically, and volitionally. However, diligence in maintaining physical fitness is certainly a factor contributing to our overall spiritual health and well-being. Since moving to Charleston back in 2019, we have been constantly grateful for the James Kennedy Wellness Center that has provided such a wonderful facility and environment for diligent physical exercise which has contributed positively to our health and attitudes. The space is always clean and well-lit, and the equipment well-maintained. It is not just a healthy place, but also a happy place with super friendly and encouraging staff and programs. Finally, the Wellness Center plays a very positive role in building and facilitating a sense of community in our town.” ~Paul and Mary Jo Long
“Three years ago I decided to invest in my health, so I met with Catherine Moring and at her direction I started an exercise program at the Wellness Center. With the help of their excellent staff I have maintained a 90 minute 5 day a week program. We are very fortunate to have such a nice facility with a great staff. Many thanks to TGH Wellness Staff!!” -Bill Rainey
“My journey actually started two years ago before I even knew about the James C. Kennedy Wellness Center. In 2018, I lost my husband after a stroke and severe diabetes, and, I did not know how to stop the mental torture of bitterness, frustration, and abandonment. I was so angry and so afraid, about having to begin a new life at 61, and then I questioned where God was in all this. But I had to learn how to let go of the pain and everyone kept telling me that it was alright and that I was not evil even though I was just so angry and bitter. The kindness that was given there helped me to decide to accept the loss of my husband and to face my fears, but I could never have done this without the grace of a God and the love given to me by the gym members, the Wellness Center staff, and mainly Stephanie. With the enthusiasm shown to me there and everyone’s embracing love, I began to heal spiritually, emotionally, and mentally. Physical exercise was one of the ways that God used to free me of the pain that played throughout my mind continuously.” ~ Anne Walker
Robert L. Salmon
“The James C. Kennedy Wellness Center is much more than a wonderful place to exercise. Over the last few years, I have had several physical challenges. The Wellness Center has provided me a place to recover. I feel so welcome at this great facility, which is kept clean, sanitary and safe. Each staff member is well trained and courteous. There are many benefits available at the center such as diabetes education, exercise classes, preparation of healthy food, etc. The physical therapy department is vital in helping me start my journey back to health. I am thankful for this facility in our town and I am proud to be a member.” ~ Robert L. Salmon, R. Ph.
Please join us in congratulating Cynthia Cashaw for being selected as the Gym Member of the Month for June 2020! Cynthia continued to exercise during quarantine and she has been back at the gym working hard many times a week. She has also lost nearly 30 pounds! Way to go Cynthia!! We are so proud of you!! Congratulations!!
Please join us in congratulating Pam Trusty as our Gym Member of the Month for March! She is a dedicated member of the Wellness Center. Pam participates in our health programs, exercises in the gym and group fitness classes. And she is continuing to exercise at home as well. Thank you Pam and keep up the great work!
William and Meg Miller
Please join us in congratulating our January Gym Member of the Month, William and Meg Miller! This great couple exercises together at the gym several days a week and participates in many health programs at the wellness center. Thank you both so much for encouraging and inspiring others in health and wellness!! Keep up the great work!
Please join us as we congratulate Lula Hankins as our November Gym Member of the Month! Lula comes to the gym everyday and works hard each time! She also attends some of the group fitness classes that the wellness center has to offer. We want to thank you Lula for being such a dedicated member! Congratulations!!
Please join us in congratulating Wynand Smit on being selected the Wellness Center Member of the Month for September 2019! He is an early morning riser and exercises at the gym almost every day each week! He always has a smile on his face and is very encouraging to others! Thank you Wyn for being such a great member! Congratulations and keep up the good work!
A BIG CONGRATULATIONS to Debbie Dungan on being selected as the Wellness Center Gym Member of the month for July 2019! Debbie is a dedicated member of the wellness center. She comes many days a week and exercises hard with each workout! We appreciate you Debbie for being so great and such a wonderful member!
Jimmie and Lela Stennett
Congratulations to Jimmie Stennett and Lela Stennett for being selected as a couple for Gym Member of the Month! This great pair volunteers a lot of their time to the Charleston community and are very dedicated members of the wellness center. You will see them here participating in group fitness classes or exercising early in the morning and afternoon many days a week! Thank you both for being such great members and we appreciate you! Keep up the great work!!
Missy is a dedicated member and participates in many of our health and wellness programs. She exercises daily. Missy considers herself very active and has been exercising on her own at home for years. She started with the Wellness Center several years ago and enjoys her time there. "That is time for myself away from everyday life and stress," she says. Thank you Missy for being such a wonderful member! Congratulations!!!
Please join us in congratulating Ben Rowland as the JCK Wellness Center gym member of the month for November 2022!
The JCK Wellness center has been a blessing for this community. The staff, equipment and programs are top notch. I feel very fortunate to have somewhere like this to go every day at lunch. I thoroughly enjoy getting to visit with the friendly staff and spending a few minutes in the gym each day. I had a minor shoulder procedure last December and was very thankful for the great local therapy I was able to receive here in Charleston. I would highly recommend the JCK Wellness center to anyone looking to start or grow their fitness journey. You won’t be disappointed! - Ben Rowland
Please join us in congratulating Collin Cuykendall as JCK Wellness Center Gym Member of the Month for September 2022!
"I am very thankful to be named James C. Kennedy Wellness Center gym Member of the month! I try my best to put in the time and effort to go each day. It is a very safe and clean environment, and I have enjoyed it every time I have been. They have nice equipment in the gym and a very nice outdoor track as well. All of the staff and members will try to help you in any way possible. I would highly recommend this place to anyone who is looking to start their journey in the gym. I'd like to say thank you once again for recognizing me as gym member of the month!" - Collin Cuykendall
Please join us in congratulating Jaylon Anderson for being selected as James C. Kennedy Wellness Center gym member of the month for July 2022!
Over the last two and a half months Jaylon has lost a total of 40 pounds!
Here are Jaylon's keys to his success:
"I have stayed consistent with my workout program and changed my eating habits. I also could not have done this without support from my fiancé, dedication, and believing in myself, that is what helped me along the way. "
Great job Jaylon, keep up the hard work!
We would like to congratulate Steven Nichols for being chosen as the James C. Kennedy wellness center member of the month for May 2022. Congratulations on your hard work and dedication.
"When my son, wife and I moved back to her home town I was very excited to join the James C. Kennedy Wellness Center family. I had heard nothing but great things about it and was happy to see that it was just as awesome as everyone had said. From amazing classes and equipment to the friendly members and helpful staff, I'm just very honored to have been picked as gym member of the month. Working out has helped me both physically and mentally and I'm so proud to be apart of the JCK family." - Steven Nichols
Please join us in congratulating Billy Holmes as the gym member of the month for March 2022! He is a hard working and dedicated member of the Wellness Center.
"The Wellness Center has come to mean a great deal to me. Not only is it close to home, but it is a clean facility with top grade equipment. Workers are professional and courteous. Other clients have always been friendly and respectable. Being able to come to the Wellness Center has enabled me to keep my blood sugar under control, help with my weight and keep my joints moving. It is a great place for therapy or just have a wonderful work out!” - Billy W. Holmes
Please join us in congratulating Courtney Brooks as the Gym Member Of The Month for January 2022! She is a wonderful person and an even better gym member! We are so proud of you, Courtney!
“I am so thankful to be part of the James C. Kennedy Wellness Center Gym Family! I am so grateful for the amazing staff for their inspiration and motivation that they give me as I work on my journey toward a healthy lifestyle. I had to leave the gym for a little while, when I can back the staff welcomed me with open arms and smiling faces eager to help in any way possible with all my health, fitness and nutritional goals!” ~ Courtney Brooks
Congratulations, Courtney! Keep up the amazing work!!
Please join us in congratulating Jamie Cotten as the Gym Member of the Month for November 2021. He is a very dedicated member and gives 100% each time that he is here.
"I have been a member of the Wellness Center for a long time and I recently began to take going to the gym more seriously. The Wellness Center has friendly staff, clean facility, and great members. It is nice to have a gym like the Wellness Center in our community." ~ Jamie Cotten
Please join us in congratulating Laura Warrior as the Gym Member of the Month for September 2021! She is a long time and dedicated member of the wellness center.
“I have been coming to the Wellness Center for a very long time. I enjoy coming every day. The staff and the participants of the Wellness Center are very helpful and friendly. This is the only place that I go these days.
I wish to thank everyone!” ~ Laura Warrior
Please join us in congratulating Lindsey Womble as our Gym Member of the Month for July!! We are so proud of Lindsey and she gives 110% every time that she is here!
“I am a member of the Wellness Center and have been for some time. I enjoy having a great place to workout. Not only is the Wellness Center a great place to exercise, it is also a community resource that everyone can enjoy! In addition to the gym where I spend so much time, the Wellness Center also offers a playground for children and a walking trail for people of all ages. Being a member of the Wellness Center has played a major part in my being able to live a healthier life and be more physically active. There is not a day that I do not enjoy my time at the Wellness Center because the staff are so motivating and wonderful!” ~ Lindsey
"The Wellness Center and Staff have been the 'Delta Force' that has put me on the right pathway to a better, healthier lifestyle! The wonderful outpatient therapy dept staff pieced me back together and helped me be able to do the physical exercise in the gym again. Jennifer, there are no words for how much you have helped me control my diabetes in just 3 months! One of the greatest feelings about walking in the front door of the Wellness Center is that I am always greeted with the most unbelievable, warm, friendly and sincere greetings from Barb, Charolette and Kathy! I have seen friends and old acquaintances that I haven't seen in years. I have also made new friends. While working out in the gym, I find myself hiding from drill sergeant Stephanie (Lol, Jk ) or at least look like I am working out. The Wellness Center has helped me obtain a better mental, physical and healthier esteem for my overall well being. So come see and let the Wellness Center help you achieve a better you!! Love all of Ya'll!! Thanks for the guidance, because without the Wellness Center and staff I truly would not be where I am at this present time in my life." - Larry Tucker
Please join us in congratulating Stephanie Townes as the Gym Member of the Month for March!! Stephanie is a very positive light and hard worker at the gym! She is also the overall champion of our most recent Redefine program. Keep up the great work Stephanie and congratulations!!
“I initially joined the Wellness Center because of some health issues and to take advantage of their diabetic program. I have learned so much about the disease, nutrition, healthy eating and exercise from being a part of this program. What keeps me coming back is the excellent customer service and camaraderie that I have found being a member.” ~Dianne Taylor
"No matter when we come to the center, we are always greeted with smiles and friendly staff. There is always someone willing to help, give advice, and encourage you on your journey. It has far exceeded our expectations. The James C. Kennedy Wellness Center has something for everyone and a great staff that are always so friendly, encouraging family atmosphere. We greatly appreciate that we have such a great place within our community.” -Joe, Whitney, and Natalie Hawkins
“The James C. Kennedy Wellness Center is more than just a workout center. Over the past couple of years I have had many health issues. Well one day I decided it was time for a change. The wellness center has been one of my top resources to help with my lifestyle change. No matter when I show up at the center, I'm always greeted with a smile. The staff are all courteous and helpful. We are blessed to have such a wonderful place right here at home.” ~ Jennifer Washington
Please join us in congratulating the February Gym Member of the Month, Clock Obannon! She has been a long time member of the Wellness Center. Clock has participated in many of our health and wellness programs, and she is an active member of group fitness! She also exercises in the gym daily with friends and family. Congratulations and keep up the great work!!
Congratulations to Dan Mauney for being selected as the Gym Member of the Month for December! Dan has participated in many wellness programs and has had great success! He has also worked with our trainers and works out many days per week! Congratulations Dan, and keep up the great work!!
Mike and Phyllis Griggs
"The Wellness Center provides an opportunity to exercise, learn how to live a healthy lifestyle through diet and exercise. Most importantly, the staff will always give advice and assistance. The classes provided are taught well and are informative. They always demonstrate a positive attitude with a smile."
Garnette is a wonderful and dedicated member! Please see her story below..“The James C Kennedy Wellness Center has so many benefits, such as educational classes, how to help your chronic disease, like hypertension, diabetes, inflammation, arthritis, etc.
What I like is the atmosphere, especially the employees and the people that go there. It has motivated me to work on my own health. The Wellness Center is a great asset to the community and for me.” Congratulations Garnette Hervey!
“When I started going to the gym in December, I was out of shape and more overweight than I have ever been. When they did my bloodwork at the Redefine weigh in, I was 1 point away from pre-Diabetes. Since then I have lost 25 lbs. and I am in better shape than I have been since college. I owe my success 100% to the unbelievable staff at the James C Kennedy Wellness Center at TGH!! I have never been to a gym that was so encouraging and comforting, no matter what condition you are in.”