Most of us have seen Jared Fogle on Subway's TV commercials over the years and on Thursday some tri-staters met the spokesman themselves.
Fogle visited Stockwell Elementary School where he encouraged kids to have a healthy lifestyle.
Since losing nearly 300-pounds 15-years-ago, Jared has made it his mission to educate young people on the importance of eating healthy and staying active. He shared his journey with maintaining a healthy weight and says keeping it off is much harder than slimming down in the first place.
It's a message that was not only fun for the kids, but eye opening as well.
"It was inspiring because he was teaching us not to eat so much junk food and watching TV all day and playing video games," says Lazaria Jones.
Jared visited other tri-state schools to talk about CATCH, a program of the Jared Foundation. It's a Coordinated Approach To Child Health, that aims to motivate kids to be active and eat healthy. The program is based in Jared's home state of Indiana and is now in over 8,000 communities across the United States.
Fogle says it's such an important mission for him because of how much every aspect of his life changed after he got healthy.
"People always ask me, 'Well what changed when you lose all the weight?' And I said, 'What didn't change?' And what didn't change for the better is a better question to ask because literally everything changed. My self-esteem was at an all-time low, my grades had slipped in school, I pulled away from my family and friends and by losing that weight not only did those things change, my health completely changed. I had sleep apnea for a long time, all that went away," Jared tells 14 News.
While in town, Jarden is also speaking to area business owners at Ellis Park who will be talking with them about expanding the CATCH program in the tri-sate especially since obesity rates are among the highest in the U.S. in Evansville.
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