About Us

The MUSC Boeing Center for Children’s Wellness (BCCW) was established in 2011, with foundational support from The Boeing Company, led by Dr. Janice Key. Prior to 2011, Dr. Key was involved in direct service and programmatic work, to reduce the risk of childhood obesity among students. The funding from The Boeing Company allowed Dr. Key to transition the work from a programmatic model to the MUSC BCCW School-Based Wellness Initiative, which supports schools in implementing policy, systems, and environmental (PSE) changes. These changes help schools build and sustain a culture of wellness that impacts the school community as a whole. We work collaboratively with various community partners and funders to carry out our initiative.

The MUSC BCCW envisions a South Carolina where all children are healthy, succeed in school, and thrive in life. The implementation of our School-Based Wellness Initiative supports this vision by engaging K-12 school communities in creating healthy learning environments. This is achieved through three key components: the utilization of the School Wellness Checklist© (SWC), the participation of an active school wellness committee, and the support provided by an MUSC BCCW Program Coordinator. 

We currently support schools in eighteen school districts including: Allendale County School District, Anderson School District Four, Bamberg School District One, Bamberg School District Two, Barnwell School District 19, Barnwell School District 29, Barnwell School District 45, Beaufort County School District, Berkeley School District, Charleston County School District, Clarendon School District Two, Colleton County School District, Dorchester County School District Two, Dorchester County School District Four, Florence One Schools, Greenwood 50 School District, Hampton District One, and Williamsburg School District. 

Healthy Me – Healthy SC (HMHSC) is a collaborative program between the Medical University of South Carolina and Clemson University. This partnership is designed to improve health care access and health inequities in rural and underserved areas of South Carolina, employing impact and innovation to build healthier communities. The MUSC BCCW School-Based Wellness Initiative is implemented through Healthy Me – Healthy SC. Clemson University Health Extension Agents (HEA) serve as the Program Coordinator to carry out the Initiative in participating schools and districts.

Teachers at participating schools are also provided the opportunity to enroll at no cost in the School Gardening for SC Educators course, provided by Clemson University Cooperative Extension. This horticulture-based training program helps educators and students grow school gardens together. Upon completion of the training, schools receive materials to build a garden. The utilization of farm to school strategies such as this aids in strengthening the relationship between existing agricultural/nutrition services and schools, and the hands-on approach to educating students about nutrition and where their food comes from promotes healthier students and communities. 

Diabetes Free SC (DFSC) is a long-term, multi-million-dollar, statewide initiative dedicated to addressing the epidemic of diabetes in three strategic directions: improved pregnancy outcomes in women with diabetes; reduced lifelong risk of diabetes in children; and the prevention of diabetes and its complications in adults. The MUSC BCCW is included in the effort to reduce the lifelong risk of Type 2 diabetes in children through our School-Based Wellness Initiative. The BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Foundation is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.

 

Counties that MUSC BCCW works with schools in

Learn more about our School-Based Wellness Initiative or the MUSC BCCW’s innovative tool, the School Wellness Checklist