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 have been changed to virtual sessions until further notice. We will communicate the re-opening of sessions via text, so please read your Heart Health text messages.

Virtual group education sessions are held on Thursdays at 4:00pm. The link to these sessions is sent via text message and posted on the private Heart Health Facebook group page. *Participants must be enrolled in the Heart Health program to participate in the virtual group sessions.*

In-person visits at will begin at Summey Medical Pavilion in November and Summerville in December.

Fit Kids is held virtually on Mondays and Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 10 a.m.

Ambulatory clinics are in modified operations at this time, so you may choose a virtual video visit (via Doxy.me) or a phone call follow-up (we recommend video to enhance the counseling and educational experience). Appointments will remain virtual until further notice. 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 age 2 through 21 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?

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 14 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 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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