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Local schools join Subway's healthy eating campaign

Fletcher Elementary School and Hendersonville Elementary School are among the area schools participating in a healthy eating program sponsored by Subway.


Subway national spokesperson Jared Fogle, famous for losing 245 pounds on a diet of Subway sandwiches, has recruited the young students to join the fight against childhood obesity, a news release said.
Beginning with National Eating Healthy Day on Nov. 6 and continuing until Thanksgiving, more than 2,500 students in classrooms across Western North Carolina will begin tracking their healthy eating and physical activity choices.
Local leaders who will join the students in the Subway Fit for Life 15 Day Challenge and provide motivation as "Fit Buddies" are Jon Clemmons of the Asheville Tourists at Fletcher Elementary School and Sandi Hartz of the Hendersonville YMCA at Hendersonville Elementary School.
According to the American Heart Association, 68 percent of adults and 33 percent of children ages 2 to 19 are overweight or obese.
In 1998, after his weight loss, Jared Fogle started appearing in national commercials for Subway restaurants and has since become known as "The Subway Guy." He has inspired millions and most important he has kept the weight off.