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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, MD, 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.

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  

July 5th: Stay Fit (and cool!)
Has the summer heat made it difficult to stay active? Join us for some indoor group exercise ideas.

July 12th: What is a Calorie?
Achieving a healthy body weight depends a lot on knowing about calories. Come to this fun session & you may be surprised by what you learn!!

July 19th: Healthy Body Image and Positive Self Talk
Your attitude, self-esteem and the way you “talk” to yourself (in your mind) play a big role in your ability to lose weight.

July 26th: Hide and Seek for Added Sugars
Summer parties and barbecues often bring more cookies and desserts, but sugar is also in foods that don’t even taste sweet. Learn how to search and find hidden sugar in foods

All group sessions are 5 to 6 p.m and are located at Miller Motte Technical College, 8085 Rivers Avenue, in North Charleston.

2018 Newsletters

July 2018 (PDF) 

June 2018 (PDF) 

May 2018 (PDF) 

April 2018 (PDF)