COVID-19: Screening, Updates, Visitor Policy

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.

In light of the current health crisis, all Thursday group education classes and Fit Kids sessions will be cancelled for at least the next two weeks. We will communicate the re-opening of sessions via text, so please read your Heart Health text messages. Ambulatory clinics are in modified operations at this time, so you will be called to either reschedule your appointment, or you may choose a MyChart video visit or a phone call follow-up. Please reach out to us with any questions. The best option is email. If you prefer to call with questions, you must leave a message for us to call you back or there is no way for us to know you called: 843-792-4717.

What Is It? 

The Heart Health Program is both the pediatric weight management program of MUSC Children's Health and the preventive cardiology service of the Children's Heart Center. As a family-centered and lifestyle-oriented program, Heart Health is appropriate for any child or adolescent who has abnormal weight gain and/or associated cardiovascular risk factors, such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, or pre-diabetes.

What Do I Get?

  • Regular clinic visits with a Registered Dietitian who has a certificate in training in pediatric and adult weight management
  • Periodic physical examinations with the program’s attending Medical Director board certified in pediatrics and obesity medicine
  • Structured program with nutrition, activity, and behavioral education
  • Personalized coaching and health recommendations
  • Weekly group sessions
  • Weekday and Saturday fitness sessions
  • Monthly newsletters

How Do I Enroll?

Call our office at 843-792-4717 or 800-343-1983 and we will get you started. We will need a doctor’s referral to the program, which can be faxed to 843-792-5878.

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.

Janet Carter, MS, RD, LD | Program Manager
Janet has been with Heart Health since 2006 and is very passionate about the program and very dedicated to the families she helps every day. She holds a certificate in Adult and Pediatric Weight Management and conducts individual nutrition counseling sessions with the families on a bi-weekly basis in addition to weekly group sessions. 

News & Announcements

Please join us for our annual event honoring our Heart Health families and supporting our program. The 6th Annual Building Healthy Communities 5K and Wellness Expo has been rescheduled to September 13th, 2020. Follow this link for more information and to register.

Heart Health 20-week 5K training program
The MUSC Heart Health program has created a training program for you and your family as preparation for the annual Building Healthy Communities 5K and Wellness Expo on September 13th, 2020.
Download the training plan (PDF)

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. 

Monthly Newsletters (PDFs)

July 2020 | Web Accessible Version

June 2020 | Web Accessible Version

May 2020

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December 2019

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