BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) – Health officials in our area are dealing with a large problem. In a recently released county health assessment, Brunswick County came in above the state average for childhood obesity rates.
County health officials say the best way to solve the problem is through education. So, one enthusiastic teacher in Brunswick County is making it his mission to keep kids active.
Nick Westfall's fourth graders at Virginia Williamson Elementary School were working on their shooting skills in a game of "Hula Hut Basketball" when we visited the school on Wednesday.
Childhood obesity is a tough subject, but Westfall's philosophy on prevention is simple; keep kids active by setting a good example.
"We have to be models, if we want our kids to be healthy," said Westfall. "They need the people they look up to to be healthy as well."