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Boeing Center for Children's Wellness (Lean Team)

Docs Adopt


Docs Adopt Information

As physicians, we offer our expertise in health and wellness to the schools in our community as part of the Docs-Adopt Initiative.  We will serve as a resource to the School Wellness Committees as they conduct needs assessments and implement changes that will enhance the wellness of everyone within our schools.  We believe that by working together to improve health we will benefit our entire community because healthy teachers are better teachers and healthy kids are better learners. -  Docs-Adopt Mission Statement

Docs Adopt Brochure for your use


The Need

For our program to continue to help schools, we need your support and participation. Please contact the Lean Team at to adopt a school and help children live longer, healthier lives!

Decreasing childhood obesity will require public health interventions that intersect with traditional health care, including policies and environments that promote healthy nutrition and physical activity. The American Association of Pediatrics (AAP), Institute of Medicine (IOM), and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommend physicians be involved with these public health efforts. Schools provide an ideal setting for these efforts because:

  • > 95% young people are in school
  • a large portion of daily food consumption and exercise occurs at school
  • schools are already a place for learning
  • proper nutrition along with physical activity can enhance academic performance (Source: CDC).

Current Docs Adopt Information

  • The Docs‐Adopt program is in the process of statewide expansion through the leadership of Dr. Janice Key, Director of the Boeing Center for Children's Wellness at the Medical University of South Carolina, along with the support of the Charleston County Medical Society, the Dorchester County Medical Society and the South Carolina Medical Association’s (SCMA) Childhood Obesity Task Force.
  • Physicians have already begun adopting schools in other participating counties.
  • SCMA Childhood Obesity Task Force has pledged to have a doctor adopt each county in South Carolina to bring this model to other school districts across our state.
  • The SC Obesity Action Plan ( aims to increase the number of schools and physicians participating in the Docs Adopt School Health Initiative to at least 200 schools and 125 physicians by October 2015.


In November 2010, the Charleston County Medical Society and the Charleston County School District launched a unique partnership known as “Docs-Adopt”, in which 55 physicians were paired with schools to support their individual wellness efforts. Physicians were recruited as resources to help shape a school’s health and wellness efforts by serving as a member on the school’s wellness committee.  No clinical services were involved; physicians simply served as a health resource to their school. Physicians received training that included information on school policies, the latest research in childhood obesity, local and national obesity statistics, as well as nutrition and physical activity standards/programs. Evaluation of the program found that physician adoption was the sole variable that had a significant effect on school policy and environmental change.


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