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.

5K Fun Run & Walk for Healthy Kids 2018

Join us for the 4th annual 5K Fun Run and Walk for Healthy Kids on Sunday, May 13th. This event will raise funds to benefit the Heart Health Program. Come run or walk to join in the fight against childhood obesity. Learn more and register for the event here.

2018 Heart Health Summer Camp

Dates: June 18 through 22  (for ages 8 to 12) & June 25 to 29th (for ages 13+)
Time: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday
Location: MUSC Campus in downtown Charleston
Price: $80 for the week, which includes lunch provided daily and a T-shirt
Activities will include meal planning, swimming, gardening, exercising, cooking and much more!!

Each session is limited to 10 participants.
*Participants must attend the entire week-long session*

To sign up, email hearthealth@musc.edu or call us at 843-792-4717.

Cooking Matters Cooking Class

SIGN UP FOR A FREE COOKING CLASS!

We are partnering with the Low Country Food Bank to bring you a 6 week cooking course for one parent/guardian and child (8 to 12 years old).
Learn to cook healthy meals for your family.

Date
: Wednesdays, May 2nd - June 6th
Time: 3:30 p.m.- 5:30 p.m. 
Location: Summerville YMCA
140 S Cedar Street, Summerville, SC 29483

Space is limited, email hearthealth@musc.edu or call us at 843-792-4717 to sign up today.

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)

FITNESS SESSION CANCELLED: Saturday, May, 19th

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:

Group Session Schedule For May  

May 3rd: All About Fats
Knowing about fats is very important when you are trying to keep your body healthy. Learn all you need to know!

May 10th: Motivation, Pass It On!
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 17th: Nutrition Game Night
Have tons of fun, learn a lot, and win prizes! Nutrition & wellness games for all ages (parents, too!)

May 24th: Meal Planning for the Whole Family
Take the stress out of getting lunches packed for school and getting dinner on the table. Learn how to create a meal plan around the goals of eating healthier, simplifying meal prep, saving time and saving money.

May 31st: Healthy Road Trips – staying on track on the go!
Busy schedules and vacation plans may have your family eating on-the-go. Find out how to identify healthier fast food and convenience store options & learn how to prepare portable snacks.

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

May 2018 (PDF) 

April 2018 (PDF)