"I recall that I was extremely nervous on my first day at H3, but, from the moment I went to the orientation class, the excitement surrounding the journey took over.  The staff, knowing the anxiety that the class was feeling, was always very supportive and encouraging."
- Felecia B, Virginia
Stretching and relaxation are essential to health and fitness. You'll learn how to stretch properfly to avoid injury and to relax with enjoyable yoga poses in our popular Yoga Stretch class.

Frequently Asked Questions

For more information about how it might feel to visit our weight loss health spa, please visit the What to Expect section of our website.
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How are you different than a fat camp, fat farm or adult weight loss camp?

Hilton Head Health weight loss programs address the reasons for weight gain and unhealthy habits, not just the result. Our weight loss programs guide you to adopt new healthy eating habits, incorporate exercise and movement into your daily routine, and change the behaviors that can lead to diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity and a host of other health problems. At Hilton Head Health, you will lose weight and learn to keep the weight off for the rest of your life.
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Who is right for Hilton Head Health?

H3 welcomes all!  Our schedule is designed so that it can be tailored for each Individual.  Whether you're a college student looking to learn how to live a healthy lifestyle on your own, or a full-time professional who needs a change of pace or a retired professional who needs a healthy refresher, we've got a program for you.
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Do I have to begin the program on a certain week or day?

Check-in for the Healthy Lifestyle™ program is Sunday at 4:00pm. Check-in for the 3-Day Getaway or Workshop is Wednesday after 3:00pm (for an additional fee) or Thursday morning at 8:00am.  Day Pass Guests may check-in at 7:30am on Mondays or Thursdays.

Check-in dates depend on availability.  Check-out dates are on Wednesday or Sundays at 10:00am, depending on length of stay.
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What happens in a typical day?

Each day at Hilton Head Health is full of a wide variety of fitness options, nutritional/cooking activities, and sessions focusing on topics such as stress management, diet, motivation, and self discovery.  See how you can experience your perfect day at Hilton Head Health weight loss spa by visiting A Typical Day.  You may view our weekly Sample Schedule, where you can see how each class fits to create a week-long experience at Hilton Head Health, fit for you.
Weekly Sample Schedule PDF
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What is the recommended length of stay?

You may attend our program for a Day Pass, 3-Day Getaway or Workshop, or 7(+) Day Healthy Lifestyle™ program. Each program experience is dependent on the Guest’s individual needs, fitness and health goals. For weight loss, we recommend one to six weeks in our Healthy Lifestyle™ program. On average, most Guests stay 14 days at our resort health and weight loss spa.  Please call our Program Consultants for help determining the program length that best suits you.
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Where will I be staying?

Guests stay in one, two, or three bedroom condos which may be up to 1.2 miles (.3 to 1.2 miles) from the main building.  Those in private rooms have a private bedroom with a private bath, and share living and laundry areas.  All accommodations are located within the Shipyard Plantation.  Weekly housekeeping services are included.  All H3 weight loss spa buildings are smoke-free.  See the Accommodations Overview for more information. Accommodations / Overview 
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What are my fitness options?

Our goal is for you to establish a realistic fitness regimen that you will be able to continue at home.  We offer a wide variety of fitness classes and activities for each fitness and ability levels. Those with physical limitations find that our individualized approach meets their needs. Take a look at the Sample Schedule to get see your fitness class options.
Weekly Sample schedule PDF
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I have high blood pressure and my husband has diabetes.  Is this program safe for us?

Yes. As a part of experience at Hilton Head Health, each Guest will receive a 45-minute Health Habit Review session focusing on goal setting, motivation, and individual screening results.  Our Health Specialists are easily accessible and we encourage questions during seminars and group sessions.
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I am a vegetarian.  Is this program for me?

Hilton Head Health weight loss spa provides a vegetarian option for each meal. 
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Can you help me stop smoking?

Yes.  Many Guests receive Smoking Cessation Support during their stay at Hilton Head Health.  We offer an ideal environment for a healthy approach to quitting.  Ask your Program Consultant, 800.292.2440, for more information about Smoking Cessation Support.  Also, please see our Smoking Policy. Accommodations / Overview
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Will I have a complete medical exam?

No.  Hilton Head Health is not a medical facility and does not have a medical professional on staff.  However, baseline blood tests (including cholesterol and fractions, triglycerides, and fasting glucose) will be provided to all Guests staying a minimum of one week.  A comparative test will be done for those staying a minimum of two weeks. Guests attending the 3-Day Getaway have the option for an assessment on Fridays for an extra fee.
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Will I have one-on-one consultation with staff?

Yes. As a part of experience at Hilton Head Health, each Guest will receive a 45-minute Health Habit Review session focusing on goal setting, motivation, and individual screening results.  Our Health Specialists are easily accessible and we encourage questions during seminars and group sessions.
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Is your program coeducational?

Yes.  Both men and women attend our program.  In fact, we encourage couples to come together.
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What are the options for companions not enrolled in the program?

Housing is provided for in-house Guests participating in the Hilton Head Health program.  If a family member or friend, who is not participating in the H3 program, wishes to stay with you in your accommodations, you must stay in a personal condo.  Other options for your Guest include staying in a nearby hotel or providing their own accommodations outside of H3.  We welcome them for meals at Hilton Head Health, for an additional charge.
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What do program fees include?

Program fees are all-inclusive – everything you need for a great weight loss spa experience. Starting with transportation to/from local airports (SAV and HHH), our Healthy LifestyleTM program includes accommodations* with a private bedroom and bath in a shared condo.  Program begins with a health assessment and a 45-minute private session focused on goals, risk assessment, meal planning, and exercise strategies.  Three healthy gourmet meals and snacks, and access to a wide variety of fitness classes are offered daily, as well as unlimited use of all fitness and recreation facilities.   An array of participatory/educational sessions covering nutrition, exercise prescription, disease prevention/management, cooking demonstrations, body image, emotional eating, stress and more are offered throughout the week, in addition to Group sessions on stress management, motivation, support and self-discovery.  

*Accommodations are not included with a Day Pass.

Not included, but available for an extra charge: upgrade to Personal Condo. Personal Training. Private consultations with our Registered Dietitian, Chef or Behavioral Counselors. Cooking lessons.  A variety of spa treatments, fitness excursions and enhanced assessments.  Specialty Workshops.  H3 Cash can be applied toward private services or special events.  H3 Cash is nonrefundable and nontransferable.

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Do you offer personal and therapeutic spa services?

We highly recommend that you nurture body, mind and spirit while at Hilton Head Health.  See the Additional Services page for more information. Additional / Services 
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How do I get to Hilton Head Island?

By Air:  Hilton Head Island is served by two airports, Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport (SAV) and Hilton Head Island Airport (HHH).  Recommended ground transportation from Savannah Airport (SAV)is Palmetto Taxi 843-683-4279.  Hilton Head Health offers complimentary shuttle service to and from Hilton Head Island Airport (HHH).  (This does not include SAV.)  Additional taxi services and rental cars are available at both airports.

By Automobile:  From north or south, take I-95 to US 278 (South Carolina Exit 8).  Follow US 278 east for approximately 17 miles until you reach Hilton Head Island.  Continue on US 278  (William Hilton Parkway) for 10 miles.  Turn left at the traffic signal into the Shipyard Plantation gate.  Identify yourself as a guest and follow the signs to Hilton Head Health. (Note: On Hilton Head Island, the Cross Island Parkway offers an alternative to US 278, but requires a toll.) See our separate travel information and map.
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What is the island climate?

Hilton Head Island’s moderate temperatures allow for outdoor activity all year.  Temperatures fall in these general ranges:
Highs Lows
Winter Mid 60's Mid 40's
Spring Mid/Upper 70's Mid 60's
Summer Upper 80's/Low 90's Low 70's
Fall Mid/Upper 70's Low 60's
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What clothing should I bring?

The atmosphere of Hilton Head Island, as well as that of Hilton Head Health, is very informal.  Therefore, we recommend very comfortable, casual clothing.  Shorts and t-shirts are fine for summer months; sweat suits for the cooler months.  Casual attire is also appropriate for our dining room.  Please bring a swimsuit or two for water fitness.  Towels are provided; however, if you have a favorite beach-size towel, feel free to bring it.  Please come prepared for a rainy day or a chilly morning or evening. Well-fitting and comfortable exercise shoes are essential.  Should you wish, we have a shoe-fitting expert available.  Exercise shoes are available for purchase.
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What else should I bring?

Please bring whatever you think might make your stay with us more comfortable.  Although we have flashlights available for evening walks and umbrellas for rainy days, some Guests prefer to bring their own. Items such as expensive jewelry are unnecessary in the casual resort setting of the Island and the facilities (yes, we are a weight loss resort, even though we have a serious program).  We recommend that you leave all such items at home.  However, safe deposit boxes are available at the front desk, free of charge. Many guests enjoy having a favorite book, a writing journal, and a favorite music CD or cassette tape, iPod or Walkman and headphones.  Please don’t forget medications and the refill number.  For your convenience, our retail shop carries a variety of sundries, clothing and gift items.
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Will I need a car while at Hilton Head Health?

Although a car is not a necessity, it is a convenience.  Our accommodations are up to 1.2 miles from the main building.  When staying in our accommodations, we offer complimentary morning and evening transportation to and from the main facility and your villa.

Most shopping, movies and various tourist attractions (including Beaufort, Savannah and Charleston) are only accessible by automobile.  Car rental is available locally at daily or weekly rates.  There is local taxi service, but no other form of public transportation.  A car pass for Shipyard Plantation is required.  Simply mention that you are a Guest at the security gate to receive a temporary pass.  You will receive a pass for the duration of your stay upon check-in. Hilton Head Health weight loss spa  provides transportation for sponsored group outings and to nearby movie theaters and shopping areas.

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Will I need extra money?

All stays are all-inclusive.  However, Guests may choose to bring extra money for island recreation (golf, tennis and bike rental), spa services, consultations, shopping, movies and much more.
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Can I use my laptop at Hilton Head Health?

Yes, there is wireless access throughout the main facility.  There are also two computers available in our Guest Business Center where you have 24-hour access.  In addition, all accommodations have wireless internet access.  We do not have a computer consultant on staff to help Guests troubleshoot their computer settings or connections.
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How can family, friends or business associates contact me while I'm at Hilton Head Health?

Please use the following during your stay with us:
Your name
c/o Hilton Head Health
14 Valencia Road
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928 
Phone: 843-785-7292
Fax: 843-785-2340 

This address is also appropriate for special mail services such as UPS and Federal Express. Personal and business calls should be placed from and received at your villa.  Your villa phone number will be available upon check-in.  In addition, phones are available at the main building for personal calls.  All long-distance calls must be made by cellular phone, calling card, credit card or by placing a collect call.  We will be happy to take messages for you should callers not reach you in your villa.  We will post your messages on the message board in the main building.  Of course, in an emergency, we will locate you as soon as possible. Guests may take advantage of wireless internet in our main building as well as the Business Center, including computers available for Guest use.
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What is the minimum age requirement?

You must be 18 years of age or older to participate in the Hilton Head Health experience.
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Can I bring my pet?

We have limited pet villas available.  Depending on the dates of your stay and size of your dog, we may be able to accommodate you.  Speak with your Program Consultant for details.  There is the option to give your furry friend a vacation of its own by boarding him/her at Evergreen Pet Lodge, located here on Hilton Head Island.  Guests of Hilton Head Health receive a 10% discount at Evergreen.  For more information, visit http://evergreenpetlodgehhi.com/.   
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Can I extend my stay beyond my initial reservation dates?

Yes.  Should you decide you want to extend your visit, you must notify H3 and remit payment by noon 4 days prior to the intended extension.  Participation in the program is subject to availability and we cannot guarantee you will be housed in your same accommodations.

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Do you offer any financing and/or payment plan options?

Yes - Depending on your arrival date and the length of your stay, you have the option to pay weekly or monthly increments - so when you arrive, you will have no outstanding balance.  *Please note that at the time of booking, you are still required to provide the initial deposit.  
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Does health insurance cover your Healthy Lifestyle™ program?

To see if a residential weight loss program is covered by your health insurance, you will need to check with your carrier.  If you have a Health Savings Account (HSA) or Flexible Spending Account (FSA), then all or a portion of our program could be a qualified medical expense. Our program is not covered by Medicaid or Medicare.

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Does Hilton Head Health have a pool?

Hilton Head Health has a heated outdoor pool.  The temperature is set to 85 degrees year-round, as recommended by the Arthritis Foundation.
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What if I decide to extend my stay while in the program?

In-house extensions are subject to the current rate.  We cannot guarantee you will be able to stay in your original accommodations, but we will do our best to make your extension as seamless as possible.

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What's the best method of payment?

Hilton Head Health is a private pay facility.  We accept VISA, MasterCard, American Express, Discover and personal checks.