About Us

The MUSC Boeing Center for Children’s Wellness (BCCW) was established in 2010, with foundational support from The Boeing Company, led by Dr. Janice Key. Prior to 2010, Dr. Key supported schools through direct program delivery with the aim of reducing the risk of childhood obesity among students. The funding from The Boeing Company allowed Dr. Key to transition her work from a direct service model to an implementation model that incorporates the Social Ecological Model of Health, a model that suggests that an individual’s behavior is influenced not only by individual-level characteristics but by interactions with others and the surrounding environment.  

The MUSC Boeing Center for Children’s Wellness mission is to engage school communities in creating healthy learning environments through the implementation of targeted wellness initiatives. We support schools in the implementation of evidence-based policy, systems, and environmental (PSE) strategies. Implementation of these strategies help schools build and sustain a culture of wellness that impacts the whole school community.  

Many things have changed since The Boeing Company first supported our efforts to reduce childhood obesity more than 12 years ago. We have gradually spread from supporting a single school district to many districts across the state. We have evolved along with the changing health climate to better meet the needs of students and over time our focus has shifted from solely obesity prevention to include whole child wellness. Most recently we have expanded our scope beyond implementation of universal wellness strategies to include the coordination of tiered supports for students at-risk. 

Through all of these changes our goal remains the same, improving the health and wellness of our children by reaching them where they are, in school. With support from our community and the hard work our partnering schools, we are achieving our vision of a South Carolina where all children are healthy, succeed in school, and thrive in life.