Jared Fogle, spokesperson for SUBWAY® sandwich shops and founder of The Jared Foundation, will be appearing on Wednesday, March 14, 10 a.m. at the JCCs of Greater Boston in Newton, Massachusetts to announce a strategic partnership with JCC Association to combat childhood obesity. Fogle’s Jared Foundation will be providing funds to the JCCs of Greater Boston to implement a program developed by JCC Association called Discover CATCH: Early Childhood. Fogle appears courtesy of local SUBWAY franchisees.
Fogle, who struggled with being overweight as a child, started The Jared Foundation to help kids who might be in the same situation. “And to take it a step further by being proactive,” Fogle said, “to help kids avoid going down the road I went down. Let’s try to nip it in the bud early.”
Discover: CATCH Early Childhood, a new JCC Association initiative being piloted at the six (Acton, Brookline/Brighton, Hingham, Newton, Sharon and Wayland) Boston JCC preschools, as well as other JCCs in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Akron, Ohio; Wilmington, Delaware; Austin, Texas; and West Hartford, Connecticut, adapts the nationally recognized CATCH Afterschool Program for younger children, and involves teachers, students, families and the community in a range of activities aimed at building healthy nutrition and activity habits. The program emphasizes movement and fun; group games, gym and outdoor-time activities are designed to incorporate 30 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) into each school day.
Discover: CATCH Early Childhood integrates Jewish values into the program’s fitness and nutrition education activities. “Good health is a central Jewish value,” says Mark Horowitz, JCC Association vice-president of early childhood education and family engagement, “because we are all created in the image of God. We are responsible for the gift of our bodies, and we have to treat them with care.” JCC Association has created Jewish-themed activities and recommended books and stories to be used within the program.
Established in 2004 by Jared Fogle, The Jared Foundation’s mission is to eliminate childhood obesity. As a leader in the movement to help children learn life-long healthy diet and exercise habits, The Jared Foundation strives to raise awareness and develop programs that educate and inspire kids to live healthier, happier lives. For more information, please visit www.jaredfoundation.org