Teaching Kids that Fitness is Fun—Thomas Newton, M.D., Fitness Renaissance, Clinton, NC

According to 2008 data from the North Carolina State Center for Health Statistics, the childhood obesity rate in Sampson County for children ages 10-17 was far above the state average (25.4 percent vs. 17.5 percent).

Family physician, Thomas Newton, M.D., of Clinton, N.C., created Fitness Renaissance, a program that develops personalized fitness goals for K-5 students and rewards them for meeting those goals.

The program has led to improved BMI measures, higher test scores and healthier self-esteem among students.