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Heart Health Program designed for children

Wellness Wednesday: Registered dietitian Janet Carter will be available from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 16 in the Children’s Hospital lobby to discuss the Heart Health program. During Wellness Wednesday participants may enter their name in the drawing for pedometers, T-shirts, and other prizes.

MUSC’s Heart Health Program offers personalized help for overweight children and their families.
Heart Health is the Pediatric Weight Management Program of Children’s Hospital and the Preventive Cardiology Service of the Children’s Heart Center. Heart Health educates participants on the benefits of a healthy lifestyle, providing the practical tools for families to achieve it.
In this program, children and their parents or caregivers receive:
  • one-on-one nutrition and lifestyle counseling with a registered dietitian
  • periodic medical check-ups by a pediatric cardiologist
  • group education & activity sessions
  • tools and tips to help foster a healthy household. 
Childhood obesity has become a serious problem. Some of the health issues that can arise from being overweight, and that used to be prevalent only in adults, now are increasing in children at an alarming rate. Some examples are:
  • Asthma
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Sleep apnea
  • Orthopaedic complications (joint pain and limited range of motion)
  • Psychosocial effects (discrimination, teasing, etc.)
Tips to promote a healthier household
Choose a variety of healthy foods.
If you need a snack, choose something healthy.
Always eat a healthy breakfast.
Educate yourself about the types of fats being consumed.
Stay away from sodas, juices, and sports drinks.
Be physically active every day.
If you’re managing your body weight, be aware of  calorie intake and portion sizes.
Make mealtime family time.
Never use food as a reward for yourself or your child.
For more information on the Heart Health Program, call Janet Carter at 792-4717.

Health 1st sponsored events
  • Smoking cessation classes: Interested in quitting? Call 792-1245 for information.
  • Farmers market: Get your fresh fruits and vegetables from local farmers from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Horseshoe every Friday.
  • A free Pilates class will be held from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. July 13 at the MUSC Wellness Center. Pilates is a total body non-impact workout that stretches, strengthens, and lengthens the entire body, with emphasis on the core muscles. E-mail your name and e-mail address to or call Lauri Barnes at 792-4771.
Editor's note: The preceding column was brought to you on behalf of Health 1st. Striving to bring various topics and representing numerous employee wellness organizations and committees on campus, this weekly column seeks to provide MUSC, MUHA and UMA employees with current and helpful information concerning all aspects of health.

Friday, July 9, 2010

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