Report: Onslow Co. teen pregnancies increasing, obesity still a problem

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Onslow County consistently ranks in the top two spots in the state for the number of teen pregnancies.

Monday morning the county health department shared with commissioners a new health assessment for the county.

Department members shared that on average, six girls become pregnant each week in the county.

To put that into perspective, they said that’s enough to fill several school buses over the course of a year.

“One of the things that concerns us from a health point of view is the number of young girls that are getting pregnant,” said Pamela Brown, the Director of the Onslow County Health Department.

The health department recently received a grant to partner with SHIFT NC to meet a goal of cutting that number in half by 2020.

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