Boeing Center for Children's Wellness (Lean Team)
Our work at the Boeing Center for Children’s Wellness focuses on helping schools create a culture of wellness to combat today’s “obesogenic environment”. We recruit volunteer doctors to serve as a health resource for their school’s wellness committee (Docs‐Adopt©). We help the wellness committees select from among dozens of proven effective strategies (the School Wellness Checklist ©) such as having a school‐wide exercise in the morning before class, plant a school garden, or use kinesthetic desks where kids can move their feet while working. Every school selects what fits their needs; there are no requirements or mandates.
Participation has increased yearly since a pilot of our Docs Adopt School Health Initiative© began in 2007. Our program reached over 60,000 children this year and is predicted to reach over 137,000 by 2017, all at the low cost of about $12/student/year. As usual, the participating schools have exceeded all expectations again this year. In fact, more than half of schools even eliminated unhealthy fundraisers (such as selling candy) for healthy ones (such as a fun run) and reported raising more money than ever.
We are starting to see results. Schools that “score” higher on our Checklist have fewer obese students, higher attendance and decreased behavior problems. We have also seen the unprecedented rate at which schools are joining the program and staying with us, getting better each year.
Currently there are 12 participating school districts in South Carolina including, Charleston, Berkeley, Dorchester 2, Colleton County, Clarendon School District 2, Bamberg 1 and 2, Greenwood District 50, Spartanburg District 01, and Cherokee County School Districts. The initiative has also expanded to two other South Carolina Children's Hospitals. Palmetto Health Richland in Columbia, South Carolina and McCleod Health in Florence, South Carolina were awarded funding to begin a pilot in a local school district of their choice this school year. For next school year, Beaufort, Jasper and Anderson 4 School Districts have completed an RFP application and have been chosen to participate for the 2016-2017 school year as funding permits.
Additionally, we have completed a pilot year of launching our model in the Pottstown, PA area in partnership with the Pottstown Area Health and Wellness Foundation.
Our outcomes have led to interest from other states. We have received requests from several states and are working towards the ability to work on a national scale. Please contact our team for more information!