Jared Fogle, the man who more than 10 years ago lost over 245 pounds by eating two SUBWAY sandwiches a day, will be at the White Middle School in Las Vegas this Wednesday, September 30, 2009 from 1:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. to speak to students, teachers and faculty about the need to eat healthy and stay fit.
White Middle School hosts 1,300 children in grades 6, 7 and 8 and is an active participant in the Vegas PBS Keeping Kids Fit program. Jared’s story resonates with children and provides a real life incentive for kids to stay healthy and fit.
On the heels of a national study on obesity released earlier this summer, Jared has been speaking at venues across the country about the importance of making healthy food choices. With our country’s health care crisis at an all time high and health care related costs due to obesity in the billions. Jared, who has been a long-time advocate for children, believes that by investing in prevention through education it can make a significant impact.
Vegas PBS Keeping Kids Fit was started two years ago and has been recognized for program excellence both nationally and locally. Keeping Kids Fit incorporates diverse forms of technology along with hands on instruction to promote wellness. The program targets children and families who are statistically at a higher risk for childhood obesity.
If you think lifestyle in Las Vegas, consider a person getting in their car, puffing on a cancer stick to go down a block to our neon lit McDonald’s for a super-duper Big Mac combo. Or hunkered down with their mouth wrapped around a huge greasy pizza. At least that’s the conclusion drawn from recent surveys of the nation’s most fit cities.
Las Vegas didn’t come in last place, but they really tried. Las Vegas came in 42nd place in a field of 50 cities, behind the leading fittest American cities of Washington, D.C.(first), Minneapolis-St. Paul (second), and Denver (third).
The Fitness Index results from the American College of Sports Medicine ranked the 50 largest metro areas in the U.S. using criteria such as the percentage of people who are obese, how often residents ate fruits and vegetables, how many smoke, and how much public space there was.
Those findings came on the heels a few months ago from a survey in Men’s Fitness magazine, which ranked Las Vegas as the fourth fattest in the nation.
To add insult to injury, the National Alliance of Mental Illness released their state-by-state findings in March, giving Nevada a “D” grade overall for dealing with the associated issues, and an “F” grade in some key categories.
I don’t know about you, but writing on this stuff makes the staff of Las Vegas Backstage Access very hungry for some fast-food.