Health & Wellness / Healthy Hearts

Grassroots Program Aims to Make Hearts Healthy


A Roper St. Francis Foundation former board member and current South Carolina senator,Tim Scott, conceptualized an exciting, innovative grassroots program. He saw a need within the African American community to try to eliminate the severity and frequency with which heart and vascular diseases affect this population. Mr. Scott understood the importance of family and presented Roper St. Francis with an idea for educating the family as a whole on healthy eating, the need for exercise and on  prevention for heart and vascular disease. Roper St. Francis physicians and administration responded by fully supporting and implementing the idea.

A multi-disciplinary team from Roper St. Francis, led by community services coordinator KeWanda Thompson and marketing strategist Angela Poindexter set to work to make Mr. Scott’s vision a reality. From this vision, Families for a Healthy Heart was born.

The goal of Families for a Healthy Heart is to play a part in trying to help eliminate the severity and frequency with which heart and vascular diseases affect our population. The program focuses on educating the family as a whole on healthy eating, the need for exercise and on  prevention for heart and vascular disease.

Families for a Healthy Heart is now in its 7th year of serving and educating the community. Although the emphasis is on the African American community, anyone can participate in the program. Each year the team focuses on a different area in the Lowcountry to try and capture those in need of the program.

Year seven kicked off on January 25 and we are now on our way to making healthier choices to enjoy those special moments with family and friends.

If you are looking for a free and easy way to start your journey to better lifestyle join us for one of the upcoming classes. Classes are held at Metro North Church, Central Avenue, in Goose Creek.

Everyone is welcome to attend. The program is led by a registered dietitian, certified diabetes educator and a fitness and health professional. Seating is limited and registration is required. 

For a complete list of remaining classes visit www.rsfh.com/healthyfamilies and to register for the classes call 402-CARE (2273).

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