Heart Health Program

Important Notice

MUSC Health is closely monitoring the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19). The safety of our patients and care team is our number one priority.

Fit Kids exercise sessions are now offered both in person and virtually (starting August 2). In person sessions are on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 5:30 pm and Saturday at 9:30 am in Park Circle. *You MUST reserve your child's spot by 5:00pm on Fridays by sending an email request to hhexercise@musc.edu or by leaving a detailed voicemail (843-792-4717; we will not call back to confirm).

Virtual Fit Kids exercise sessions will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:30 pm. *There is no appointment needed for virtual sessions. Please join our private Facebook group to obtain the link.
*Only active Heart Health participants will be approved to join the Facebook group.

* You must be an active participant in Heart Health to participate in Fit Kids exercise sessions. If you would like to be an active Heart Health participant, please see the “How Do I Enroll” section further down the page to get information about scheduling an appointment.

We currently offer both in person and virtual appointments. You may choose a virtual video visit (via Doxy.me) or an in person visit (Mount Pleasant, Summerville, or North Charleston). Please specify your preference when scheduling an appointment with central scheduling.

What Is It? 

The Heart Health Program is both the pediatric weight management program an lipid disorder treatment center for MUSC's Children’s Health. As a family-centered, lifestyle-oriented program, Heart Health is appropriate for any child or adolescent ages 2-21 who has abnormal weight gain or any child or adolescent with any type of lipid disorder, regardless of weight status (high cholesterol, high triglycerides, familial hypercholesterolemia, etc.). If you're not sure if the program is a good fit for your child, please call 843-792-4717 with questions.

What Do I Get?

  • Regular clinic visits with a Registered Dietitian who has a certificate in training in pediatric and adult weight management and a clinical lipid specialist
  • Periodic physical examinations with the program’s attending Medical Director
  • Structured program with nutrition, activity, and behavioral education
  • Personalized coaching and health recommendations
  • Weekly group sessions (group sessions are on hold until further notice)
  • Weekday and Saturday fitness sessions
  • Monthly newsletters

How Do I Enroll?

To schedule an appointment, please call central scheduling at 843-876-0444. For more information regarding the program, please call our office at 843-792-4717. Fax: 843-876-0442.

Our Care Team

Christine SanGiovanni, M.D., MSCR | Medical Director
Dr. Christine SanGiovanni is excited to be a provider for the Heart Health program. She is an assistant professor in the Pediatrics Department of the Medical University of South Carolina. She completed her medical education at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and completed her pediatric residency and chief residency year at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York. She then completed a General Academic Fellowship and obtained her Master of Science in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. Her research interests are in assisting primary care providers with screening and managing childhood obesity and its co-morbidities. She is involved in research analyzing and implementing the use of smartphone apps to help adolescents better manage their weight and develop a healthy lifestyle.

Kristal Matlock, M.D. | Program Physician
Dr. Matlock has a passion for helping children and teens build healthy habits. She is a board-certified Pediatric Endocrinologist and assistant professor in the Pediatrics Department of the Medical University of South Carolina. She completed her medical education at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine. Dr. Matlock previously lived in Cincinnati for pediatric residency and endocrinology fellowship at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Medical Center. 

Janet Carter, MS, RD, LD | Program Manager
Janet is Program Manager and lead dietitian of the Heart Health program. She holds a certificate in training in Childhood and Adolescent Weight Management (in addition to adult) and is a Fellow of the National Lipid Association (clinical lipidology). She has been a practicing dietitian for nearly 20 years, with 15 of those in her current role. She completed her master’s in science degree and dietetic internship at Boston University and has enjoyed working with families on healthy habits ever since.

Elise Rodriguez, MS, RDN, LD | Program Dietitian
Elise is a dietitian with the Heart Health program. She completed her Master's Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics and dietetic internship with an emphasis in pediatric nutrition at Saint Louis University. She holds a Certificate of Training in Obesity for Pediatrics and Adults. She has worked with kids and teens for years and enjoys helping them create healthy lifestyles.

News & Announcements 

Are you looking for an additional weight loss resource?
Eligible adolescents and adults may benefit from the MUSC Bariatric Surgery program, which includes experienced mental health professionals, dietitians, nurses and physicians, and is dedicated to helping patients safely realize weight loss success. 

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