One of the country's biggest weight-loss icons visited one of the nations heart-healthiest elementary schools on Tuesday, Oct. 14.
Subway spokesman Jared Fogle paid a visit to the students at Hamagrael Elementary in Delmar after the school was recognized with a national award from the American Heart Association for its fitness initiatives.
Fogle told the students that his gain of nearly 300 pounds and a negative self-image began with a favorite pastime of many children video games and junk food. He said his journey back to a healthier body weight began with a simple lifestyle change of eating right and exercising.
His message to the third- and fourth-graders at Hamagrael was to make healthier eating choices, get lots of exercise, and to practice moderation when watching television or playing video games.
My grades went down, my self confidence went down," Fogle said. "Everything around me began to crumble as I got heavier and heavier."
Fogle, who is an Indianapolis native, said he was about the age of the students in the audience when his quality of life declined. He said he couldn't play sports any longer or go to the movies, or eventually even sit in the back seat of a car.
Fogle said he eventually reached the tipping point, when he weighed more than 400 pounds, and knew that he had to do something. That change began one day when he was in a Subway shop reading its nutritional information and Fogle said he thought if he ate two sandwiches a day and walked at least 30 minutes a day, then he could lose the weight.
He lost more than 90 pounds that first month, he said.
Fogle now travels the country as his full-time job speaking to students and other groups about the benefits of a healthier lifestyle. He said his No. 1 priority is to speak out against childhood obesity, a cause near and dear to his heart.