LOGAN- Subway representative Jared Fogle is currently traveling around the state of Utah to encourage elementary school students to lead healthy lives. On Monday morning, Fogle visited Bridger Elementary in Logan, Utah. While visiting the students, he spoke to them about exercising and eating right.
“It’s important for me to get in front of these kids and get them thinking about their health and the choices they are making, and show them what can happen to them if they make poor decisions,” Fogle explained. “I’m not just an adult to them, I’m not a teacher. I’m Jared from the television commercials and I’ve been down that path. Hopefully the message will carry a little bit more meaning to them.”
Fogle, who has been a Subway representative for over 16 years, said he started gaining weight as a child when he spent too much time playing video games and eating junk food. By the time he was 20 years old, he weighed over 425 pounds.
“Sometimes we’re going to have small problems and sometimes we will have big problems in our lives,” Fogle told Bridger Elementary. “It’s all about how you deal with those problems, and I wanted to ignore my problem.”
However, when Fogle was in college, he finally decided to face his problem and work on becoming healthier. He started walking for half an hour every day. He also started eating at Subway and choosing healthier options for meals. After just three months, he lost 93 pounds.
Fogle said it’s important for him to target elementary children with his message because it is easier to form healthy habits at a young age. He also thinks in today’s world, it can be more challenging for kids to lead healthy lives.
“All these technology devices we have today are great, but they take your attention and take you away from exercise. Kids don’t play the same way they used to play. If you look at how kids play these days, they play on their iPad and their laptop,” Fogle said. “We need to make sure they’re getting enough play time away from the screen.”
Fogle is speaking to children to help promote Subway’s Fit for Life 15 Day Challenge. Subway is challenging students to track their healthy eating and activity habits, including intake of fruits, vegetables, water and exercise time compared to their time in front of the computer and television.
“It’s always a challenge,” Fogle said. “I work out every day and I still eat Subway a couple days a week. Realize you’re going to have some good days and some bad days. Don’t beat yourself up over the bad days and get back on the horse the next day.”