Fogle said he endorses the American Heart Association's call for the New York Legislature to pass a calorie-labeling bill introduced by Assemblyman Felix Ortiz, D-Brooklyn, and state Sen. Kemp Hannon, R-Garden City.
Subway currently labels the calories of its items in its menus in New York City, and Fogle said the restaurant chain plans to do it nationwide. The legislative bill calls for calorie labeling in chain restaurants throughout the state.
The American Heart Association cited a study that shows people who see calorie labeling generally order 52 fewer calories than those who do not.
"Hamagrael is also a participant in the American Heart Association's Jump Rope for Heart program, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year," said a release from the Heart Association. "In three years, Hamagrael students have raised just under $30,000 through Jump Rope for Heart."
Fogle jumped rope with students at Hamagrael during his visit, and although he no longer eats only Subway, he said he still focuses on making healthy choices.
"This is the old me," Jared said, pointing to pair of 60-inch waist jeans. "I don't want you to ever put yourself in the position of having to wear a pair of pants this big."
Last year, based upon Hamagrael's participation in a variety of heart-healthy programs and initiatives, it was named the American Heart Association's "heart-healthiest" school in the country. Prior to Jared's presentation, American Heart Association Regional Director for Youth Markets Jeffrey A. Masline congratulated students on the honor.
"We didn't give it to you; you earned it," Masline said.
Jared said he is planning on walking at the North Country Start Heart Walk on Saturday, Oct. 25, at the Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs. The walk is also being sponsored by Spotlight Newspapers. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the walk starts at 10:45 a.m. For information, call 869-4046 or visit spotlightnews.com and click on the Heart Association emblem or visit www.saratogaglensfallsheartwalk.org.""