Taking a Lap With Jared

TAMPA, Fla. (Nov. 3, 2009) – If any role model can inspire, Jared, known as “the Subway guy,” can. 


While at Indiana University, Jared weighed 425 pounds and through a combination of exercise and a healthy diet he was able to lose over 200 pounds.  He’s coming to the University of South Florida to share that lesson, one he learned in college, that he credits with saving his life. 


Students, faculty and staff are invited to come to USF’s track (near the intersection of Maple and Willow drives) Nov. 10 from 1:30 to 2 p.m. to listen to Jared’s personal story and take a lap with him to begin or continue a life of physical activity.  For every one hour of vigorous activity, like brisk walking, the average life can be extended by two hours.


During his visit Jared will focus on the importance of employee and student wellness and discuss the simple choices everyone can make to live a healthy lifestyle.  He will also reveal how he has managed to maintain his successful weight loss over the past 11 years. 


Jared is in town supporting the 2009 Tampa Bay Start! Heart Walk scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 14, at Raymond James Stadium.  The event is promoting physical activity and heart-healthy living in a fun, family environment and benefits the American Heart Association.


USF has been active in the Heart Walk for many years. In 2008, 53 teams consisting of 584 walkers participated. Currently, 55 teams of 364 walkers are enrolled with expectations to exceed last year's participation figures.


More information on the walk is available at www.tampabayheartwalk.org or by contacting Casey.McElhinney@heart.org



The University of South Florida System is one of the nation's top 63 public research universities and one of 39 community-engaged, four-year public universities as designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. USF was awarded $380.4 million in research contracts and grants in FY 2008/2009. The system offers 232 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine. It has a $1.8 billion annual budget, an annual economic impact of $3.2 billion, and serves more than 47,000 students on institutions/campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland. USF is a member of the Big East Athletic Conference.