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Heart Health Program

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.

Keely Flynn, MPH, RD, LD | Heart Health Dietitian
Keely is one of two heart health dietitians. She has been a registered dietitian for three years and is passionate about health and wellness. Keely and Janet have an individualized approach that will help you meet your health-related goals.

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.

Building Healthy Communities 5K Run/Walk and Wellness Expo

Please join us on Sunday, May 19th for the the 5th Annual Building Healthy Communities 5K Run/Walk and Wellness Expo. The wellness expo is free and open to the public. The 5K Run/Walk will help raise funds to benefit the Heart Health Program of MUSC’s Children’s Hospital. Learn more about the 5K Run/Walk.

Fitness Sessions

Monday through Friday 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. (Park Circle in North Charleston)
Saturday 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. (Park Circle in North Charleston)


Address: 4800 Park Circle, North Charleston, SC 29405
Park and meet at Felix Davis Community Center; sessions will be in the grassy area to the right of the building (look for volunteers in bright yellow shirts)

*Assume cancellation in inclement weather—you WILL NOT be notified

Email hhexercise@musc.edu to schedule fitness sessions at least a week in advance.

Clinic Visits

Heart Health participants are encouraged to attend clinic visits every two weeks. These can be scheduled at any of our 4 locations:

This Month's Group Session Schedule  

May 2, 2019: Salt & Blood Pressure
Maybe you've heard that salt can affect your blood pressure. But what are some of the things that make salt hard to avoid  and how can we lower blood pressure with diet?

May 9, 2019: Managing Cravings
Do you feel the hunger in your stomach, or could it be in your head?  Learn how to battle the "munchies".

May 16, 2019: Kids and Parents Working Together
Parents, ever feel like you’re the "bad cop" with your kids?  Learn helpful strategies for parents and kids to work together toward the common goal of good health.

May 23, 2019: Staying on Track when Dining Out
Dining out is enjoyable, but it can be challenging to find healthy choices on the menu.  Learn some strategies for staying on track when dining out.

May 30, 2019:  Whole Grains
Why are there so many different types of grains and which ones are healthier? Come learn the WHOLE story so you can make the best choice.


All Group Sessions are from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Miller Motte Technical College: 

Miller Motte Technical College
8085 Rivers Avenue
North Charleston, 29406

 

Monthly Newsletters (PDFs)

May 2019

April 2019

March 2019

February 2019

January 2019