Wellness and Lifestyle Services

Whether you’re just starting your heart health journey or need help recovering after cardiovascular surgery, Roper St. Francis Healthcare can help.

Our team includes cardiologists, dietitians, exercise physiologists, health coaches and diabetes educators. Together, we’ll develop a wellness plan that fits your goals and helps you stay on track toward a healthier lifestyle.

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Our services

We offer a wide range of wellness and lifestyle services, from outpatient cardiac rehabilitation to in-depth diabetes education. Our goal is to help you feel better, stay active and lower your risk for severe health conditions.

Cardiac rehabilitation

The Roper St. Francis Healthcare outpatient cardiac rehabilitation program helps people recovering from heart surgery or coping with a newly diagnosed heart condition. Our goal is to help you get back on your feet and living a healthier life.

Cardiac rehabilitation includes a combination of exercise, nutrition counseling and education. We work with patients of all fitness levels and customize the rehabilitation plan to fit your needs.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact one of our rehabilitation centers:

Diabetes education

Roper St. Francis Healthcare offers comprehensive diabetes education through group classes and one-on-one counseling. We offer guidance on meal planning, carb-counting, healthy lifestyle choices and medication. Our team aims to improve your quality of life and show you how to stay healthy while living with diabetes.

Our program is certified through the American Diabetes Association. It also includes dietitians and nurses who are certified diabetes educators.

For more information or to register for one of our courses, call (843) 402-1966.

Health coaching

Our cardiac wellness team includes a certified health coach who can empower you to achieve your health and wellness goals. Health coaching provides encouragement, support and accountability that helps you stay on track.

If we think you may benefit from health coaching, we’ll refer you to our health coach for a consultation. We’ll get to know you during this initial meeting and learn about your health history and personal wellness goals. We may also have you meet with a dietitian and exercise physiologist to evaluate your health needs.

After the evaluation, our health coach will work with you on a wellness plan that may include meal planning, exercise, smoking cessation and other lifestyle changes. The health coach will meet with you weekly for three months to help track your progress, and suggest changes to fit your needs. Above all, these meetings will provide positive encouragement to help you meet your goals.

For more information, contact Amy Levine at (843) 402-1271 or email amy.levine@rsfh.com

Healthy Lifestyles program

Healthy Lifestyles is the region’s only hospital-based program designed to reduce cardiovascular risk factors and improve overall well-being. The program is open to people who have cardiovascular risk factors but have not undergone treatment or surgery for a cardiovascular condition. Risk factors can include:

  • Abnormal cholesterol
  • Diabetes or pre-diabetes
  • Family history of heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Obesity

Everyone who participates in the Healthy Lifestyles Program starts with a personal assessment and evaluation. After the assessment, our cardiologists, certified personal trainers, health coaches and dietitians work together to create a wellness plan. We customize this plan to fit your health needs and preferences.

Your plan can include:

  • Group exercise sessions led by a personal trainer
  • Monthly group education classes
  • Monthly individual visits with a registered dietitian

Our Healthy Lifestyles Program is available our Roper St. Francis Mount Pleasant Hospital.

To learn more about program options and pricing or to enroll, call (843) 606-7186 or email monica.horne@rsfh.com.

HeartFitness program

If you’re looking for extra support or supervision during your workouts, our HeartFitness Program can help. Unlike a typical gym, this program has exercise physiologists and specialists on-site if you have a question or problem while working out.

The HeartFitness Program is available at our Roper Hospital in downtown Charleston. The program includes annual evaluations and coaching sessions for people with no history of heart disease and well-controlled blood pressure, blood sugar, heart rhythm and breathing during exercise. This program can also include personal training.

Nutritionists and dietitians

Roper St. Francis Healthcare has registered dietitians and nutritionists to help any patient with dietary questions, meal planning, carb counting and weight loss. We’ll work with you to create a customized plan that fits your nutritional needs and food preferences. Our team can also help address meal planning for specific dietary needs, such as food allergies.

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