Support and Outreach
Stony Brook Children's cardiology division includes a pediatric nurse practitioner, Marybeth Heyden, DNP, who works closely with families to help them understand and cope with their child's heart issues. She also coordinates support and education programs, including:
- Know Your Family History-It May Save Your Child's Life. This community-based education program is designed to increase public awareness about the importance of family health history and incorporate family health history information into the Electronic Medical Record.
- Hope for Hearts. This is support group for families of children with heart problems
Stony Brook Children's Peter Morelli, MD, is the Medical Director of the Fit Kids for Life program, which is one component of The Healthy Weight & Wellness Center. With obesity more than doubling in children and tripling in adolescents over the past 30 years, The Healthy Weight & Wellness Center brings the resources to Suffolk County in a positive, highly individualized, multidisciplinary and family-friendly way. The Fit Kids for Life program works on the patient's overall fitness level and calorie-burning activity through a 10-week program that helps educate children ages 8 to 17, who are at high risk for cardiovascular disease.