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What is Heart Health?

The Heart Health Program is both the pediatric weight management program of the MUSC Children’s Hospital 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.

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Meet Our Team

Melissa Henshaw, MD
Medical Director:

Dr. Melissa Henshaw, M.D.

Melissa Howard Henshaw, MD, MSCR, DHA, developed and has directed Heart Health since 2004. Dr. Henshaw’s clinical expertise includes pediatric preventive cardiology and weight management. Her research is focused on the pediatric metabolic syndrome and cardiovascular risk factors. Dr. Henshaw is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and the American Board of Obesity Medicine.

Janet Carter, MS, RD, LDProgram Manager: 
Janet Carter, MS, RD, LD

Janet Carter, MS, RD, LD is Program Manager and one of two dietitians devoted to Heart Health. 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.

Molly Jones, RD, LD Registered Dietitian:
Molly Jones, RD, LD

Molly Jones, RD, LD joined Heart Health in 2012 after completing her dietetic internship at MUSC. Heart Health was a great fit for Molly because she loves helping to educate and empower families to take control of their health. Molly grew up in Georgia and is very familiar with the challenges that come along with eating healthy in a southern family. She holds a certificate in Childhood and Adolescent Weight Management and conducts individual nutrition counseling sessions with the families on a bi-weekly basis in addition to weekly group sessions.

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Join our team for the 2015 Heart Walk

Pictures from the 5K Fun Run/Walk: June 13, 2015


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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. Visit their website for more information and, if interested, register to attend a free open house to learn more about the program.
Click here to read more about the MUSC Heart Health Program and the MUSC Adolescent Bariatric Surgery Program



  Heart Health participants can attend Fitness sessions any of the days/times below:

Fitness sessionsMonday-Friday 5:00PM-6:00PM and 6:00-7:00PM (Deas Hall at the Citadel)
Saturday 9:00-10:00AM and 10:00-11:00AM (Park Circle in North Charleston)

**Please call 843-792-4717 to schedule fitness sessions at least a week in advance**

Looking for something else to do for exercise??
Check out this community calendar and participate in some of the many activities happening this month!!

The Lean Team (Heart Health's sister program) walks the bridge the first Saturday of every month at 9:00am. Meet them in the gravel parking lot on the corner of East Bay and Cooper St. on the Charleston side of the bridge. You are welcome (and encouraged) to attend! Please contact them with questions.
Email: leanteam@musc.edu or visit: www.musc.edu/leanteam for more information. 

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  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  

  • August 27th:  Hunger vs. Cravings
    Do you feel the hunger in your stomach, or could it be in your head?  Learn how to battle the “munchies”
  • Sept 3rd: Quick, Easy & Healthy Meals
    Think cooking healthy is difficult?  Think again!
  • Sept 10th: Family Dinners in a Flash
    Did you know that family meals not only promote healthier eating, but have also been shown to increase kids’ confidence, vocabulary and test scores? It can be tricky to schedule regular meals together, come discuss some realistic ways to make this happen for your family.
  • Sept 17th: Label Reading and Portion Control
    The cornerstones of eating right and losing weight
  • Sept 24th:  Handling Outside InfluencesWe are constantly interacting with people who can influence us. How will they influence YOU? Learn how to stick to your goals even when others might make it difficult.

      All group sessions are located at Miller Motte Technical College (8085 Rivers Ave.) in North Charleston.

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