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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 

Melissa Henshaw, M.D., MSCR, DHA | Medical Director
Dr Henshaw 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 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.

Register NOW for the 5K Fun Run/Walk for Healthy Kids! Join us for the 3rd annual Heart Health 5K Fun Run/Walk for Healthy Kids on Saturday, June 17, 2017. Sign up using the red "Register Now" button to your right or follow this link.

Fitness Sessions

Monday through Friday 5 to 6 p.m. and 6 to 7 p.m. (Deas Hall at the Citadel)
Saturday 9 to 10 a.m. and 10 to 11 a.m. (Park Circle in North Charleston)

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  

  • June 1st: Staying on Track During the Summer
    Summer time is fun, but it can be tough to stay on track with healthy habits. Come learn some tips!
  • June 8th: Managing Cravings
    Do you feel the hunger in your stomach, or could it be in your head? Learn how to battle the “munchies”. 
  • June 15th: Smart Substitutions
    Making your favorite recipes with lower calorie, lower fat substitutions can help you stick to your healthy habits.
  • June 22nd: **NO GROUP**
    Group session is canceled for this week- Email hhexercise@musc.edu if you would like to sign up for a fitness session instead!
  • June 29th: **NO GROUP**
    Group session is canceled for this week- Email hhexercise@musc.edu if you would like to sign up for a fitness session instead!

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

Heart Health Newsletter (PDFs)

April 2017 

March 2017

February 2017

January 2017

December 2016