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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, LD

Program 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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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. Visit their website for more information and, if interested, register to attend a free open house to learn more about the program.

Read more about the MUSC Heart Health Program and the MUSC Adolescent Bariatric Surgery Program or view the video below to hear from an adolescent who was an MUSC bariatric and Heart Health patient.

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

Monday-Friday 5:00PM-6:00PM and 6:00-7:00PM (Deas Hall at the Citadel) **summer hours start May 9th, see below**
Saturday 9:00-10:00AM and 10:00-11:00AM (Park Circle in North Charleston)

Fitness sessions 

Canceled sessions: 5/6, 5/21 (join us at the fun run), 5/26, 5/30
Summer hours start May 9th: Mon-Thurs 4-5 and 5-6 and Friday 11am-12:00pm
No change in Saturday sessions
**Please email to schedule fitness sessions at least a week in advance**

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: or visit: 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  

  • May 5th: Label Reading and Portion Control
    Come learn more about these cornerstones of eating right and losing weight.
  • May 12th: Motivation 
    Staying on track can be easier when you have motivation to keep you pluggin’ along! Come to discuss ways to increase motivation and help to make signs that will motivate all of the runners/walkers at the Heart Health 5K.
  • May 19th: Power up with Vit-a-MAN!
    Your body needs food to function properly because food provides nutrients. Find out what those nutrients are, and ways to encourage your family to eat more of these SUPER foods.
  • May 26th: Nutrition Game Night
    Have tons of fun, learn a lot, and win prizes! Nutrition education games for all ages (parents, too!) 

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

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