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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Jared ‘The Subway® Guy’ Fogle to Address Childhood Obesity March 15 During AAHPERD National Convention in Boston
RESTON, VA, February 27, 2012 – SUBWAY® spokesman and pop-culture phenomenon Jared Fogle will discuss his efforts to both overcome and help eliminate childhood obesity on Thursday, March 15, during the 127th National Convention of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) in Boston. In addition to keynoting the General Session of the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE), the largest of five national associations within AAHPERD, Fogle will participate with 200 Boston area school students in Let's Move in School (LMIS), a national initiative to increase physical activity before, during, and after school. The LMIS Showcase will begin at 11:30 am in the Marriott Grand Ballroom and will feature all of the many ways schools are integrating more physical activity into their day so that children can achieve a minimum of 60 minutes of physical activity every day.
More than 5,000 physical education teachers, coaches and other physical activity professionals are expected to attend AAHPERD's 127th Annual Convention. Joining Fogle at the General Session, which is sponsored by FlagHouse®, will be Shellie Pfohl, executive director of the President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition, who will speak about the Council's exciting new initiatives.
Fogle overcame obesity — losing 245 lbs. in the process — to become the national spokesman for SUBWAY® restaurants. In 2004, he established The Jared Foundation, which provides programs for children and support tools for parents, educators and health care professionals to encourage and sustain lifestyle changes. In 2010, Fogle took on what once was thought of as an impossible task, completing the New York City Marathon in five hours, 13 minutes.
"As a leader in the movement to help children learn lifelong healthy-diet and exercise habits, Jared continues to inspire and motivate tens of thousands of people to live a healthier life," says NASPE President Dennis Docheff, professor in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Mo. "Through hard work and dedication, he lost more than 245 lbs. and reclaimed his life."