For a good workout, Janis Newton loves dashing up and down the stairs at the U.S. Custom House on East Bay Street; photograph by Ruta Elvikyte
January 6, 2016
Thirty-five thousand pounds: that’s how much weight participants have lost in the Healthy Charleston Challenge (HCC), an award-winning exercise and nutrition program under the helm of MUSC Wellness Center director Janis Newton, whose career in fitness spans some 40 years. When she started out as an exercise consultant for one of Charleston’s pioneer health clubs in the mid-’70s, “There were no personal trainers, no exercise programs, no aerobics classes,” she says. The fitness world has since seen serious transformation—but Newton’s passion for helping people live healthier lives hasn’t budged.
CM: What’s the Healthy Charleston Challenge?
CM: How did it get started?
CM: HCC has won two national awards. What makes it so successful?
CM: Any particular success stories that keep you inspired?
CM: Let’s say someone has only 15 to 20 minutes for a workout. What’s the best strategy?
CM: What’s the weirdest fitness fad you can remember?
CM: Any New Year’s resolutions?