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Albertan in running to become next Jared

- October 19th, 2011
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Calgarian Jonathan Karpetz is one of three finalists in Subway's Commit to Fit Ambassador search. Voting closes Oct. 21. The winner will be named Oct. 24.

Does Jonathan Karpetz have what it takes to be the Canadian version of Jared (The Subway Guy) Fogle?

More importantly, will the fitness-conscious Calgarian garner enough votes?

Karpetz is one of three finalists in Subway’s Commit to Fit Ambassador search, a national contest I first wrote about back in June.

It’s been four months since Jared launched the massive search for inspirational Canadians during a coast-to-coast tour with stops in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Montreal, Halifax and Toronto.

“I can’t wait to find, well, the Canadian version of me!” Jared said back then of the one-of-a-kind contest that also nets the winners (one from English Canada and another from Quebec) $10,000 cash.

Last month, the field was narrowed to three finalists in both categories.

Public voting runs until Oct. 21, with the winners being announced Oct. 24.

Karpetz learned of the contest through my popular Keeping Fit column.

Here’s the email he recently sent me:

subway1_04Hi Cary,

My name is Jonathan Karpetz and I have been selected as one of 3 finalists across Canada in Subways’s Commit to Fit Ambassador search. Your article about Jared’s story was an inspiration for me to enter. The finalist voting will take place over the next few weeks. My hope is that you will be interested in helping me tell my story to Calgarians and Canadians over the next month. I have learned a great deal over the last many years about weight gain and loss but I have also learned a great deal about what it means to be part of a wider community. I truly believe that it was a team of friends, family and acquaintances that helped me every step of the way.

My initial inspiration for losing weight came from my sister who asked me to look into my heart to understand that I really did want to live a healthier and happier life. I struggled with weight even with this realization. It wasn’t until my father became quite ill with ALS that I inspired to work hard to be a better person both inside and out. It was at that point that I changed inside and started to significantly change on the outside.

Engaging with the larger community has meant becoming a part of many teams. These include my hockey team who I have goaltended for over the last two seasons, a running team that has helped me train for 4 half marathons, a ball hockey team where I have met many new friends, as well as a wide community of DJ’s and music lovers who have embraced me as one of their own. It is now time to build an even bigger team!

When the dust settled on my weight loss struggles and months worth of surgery recovery in the spring of 2011 it became very clear to me that what I wanted most was to tell my story and hear stories from other people about their weight and fitness struggles. Unfortunately it has proved harder than I expected to get the word out. My hope is that this contest and my actions during this next month will let us share our stories.

If I am fortunate enough to win the contest I will take the Ambassadorship very seriously. It will not be a distraction from my normal life. Instead it will become my focus to best respresent both Subway and the wider community of individuals who have overcome weight stuggles. The hope is that representation will bring many many more people into the fold.

If you would like to read more about my experiences please look at the link below.  There are plenty of before and after pictures on the blog. I also have the full length contest video available if you would like to have a copy.

http://jonathankarpetz.wordpress.com/

The contest page can be found here:

http://www.freshenergy.com/committofit/?p=ambassador

All the best,

Jonathan Karpetz

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All the best to YOU, Jonathan!

I sincerely hope you win by a landslide (especially since you are the unofficial western Canadian representative).

But that’s out of your control.

Ambassador or not, it sounds like you’ve already won back your health. And that’s what really counts.

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Hey Jared, what’s for brunch?

- June 21st, 2011
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Jared "The Subway Guy" Fogle, left, poses with the Edmonton Sun's Cary Castagna at the Capilano Subway in Edmonton on Friday, June 17, 2011. CODIE MCLACHLAN/EDMONTON SUN

Just in case you’re wondering, Jared (The Subway Guy) Fogle had the following during our brunch last Friday morning:

• Six-inch Subway Club (sliced turkey breast, roast beef, black forest ham) on honey oat;

• With lettuce, pickles, green pepper, jalapenos;

• A line of light mayo;

• And a bottle of Coke Zero.

Watch out for more in my Keeping Fit column next Monday in a Sun Media newspaper near you.

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Subway’s Jared: Are you Canada’s version of me?

- June 16th, 2011

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Jared (The Subway Guy) Fogle has launched a coast-to-coast search in Canada.

The famous U.S.-based restaurant pitchman, who lives in Indianapolis, will be in Edmonton tomorrow (Friday, June 17) as he hunts for “the Canadian version” of himself!

Besides sitting down for a healthy breakfast with yours truly, Fogle will be downtown at City Hall from 5 to 6 p.m. encouraging Edmontonians to complete a “Random Act of Fitness” for a $5 Subway gift card. (The photo above was taken during his recent visit to Vancouver.)

For more details on this national promotion, check out the following press release:

commit-to-fitTORONTO — When Jared Fogle lost 245 pounds by incorporating low-fat SUBWAY® sandwiches into his diet, he captured the attention of the world. Now he’s headed north to seek out Canadians with similar stories.

Today, with Fogle’s help, SUBWAY® restaurants in Canada are launching “Commit to Fit”, a comprehensive program designed to inspire, motivate and celebrate Canadians making healthy lifestyle changes.  And two such Canadians will be selected to follow in Jared’s footsteps as SUBWAY® Commit to Fit Ambassadors, beginning with Jared’s cross-Canada tour which hits Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Montreal, Halifax and Toronto.

“When I made a commitment to lose weight and get healthy, my life changed,” explained Fogle.  “Not just because of the opportunities I’ve been given to tell my story, but because it has inspired others to do the same. I’ve kept off the weight for 12 years so I understand the power that comes with taking control of your own well-being and I can’t wait to find, well, the Canadian version of me!

The Commit to Fit Ambassador Search

SUBWAY® restaurants are asking Canadians to share their personal stories about their commitment to living healthy, active lifestyles – not just about weight loss – and how they incorporate SUBWAY® sandwiches into their diet.

In October, after a public voting period, SUBWAY® restaurants will select and name two SUBWAY® Commit to Fit Ambassadors who will work with the company to help inspire Canadians to make their own healthy lifestyle changes. Each Commit to Fit Ambassador will also win $10,000.

“SUBWAY® sandwiches have always been a fast and nutritious solution for people looking for balanced options on the go,” said Kathleen Bell, co-director of marketing. “Our Commit to Fit program takes it to the next level and signals our commitment to offering our customers not only nutritious options, but providing new online tools, advice from health and fitness experts, and nutrition information they need to make eating choices that are right for them.”

New Online Tools and Resources

Launching concurrently to the Ambassador search is a new suite of online tools and resources for Canadians, including access to information from and engaging with healthy living experts including:

• Nutrition Expert Lucia Weiler, B.Sc.

• Certified Personal Trainer Louise Green

• Professional athletic trainer and co-founder of Sports Performance Centre Ltd., Colin Berenhaut

• Personal life coach and triathlete Jimmy Sévigny (who, like Jared, lost 272 pounds by incorporating exercise and eating a healthy diet including SUBWAY® sandwiches)

In addition, online at FreshEnergy.com/Nutrimeter and Facebook.com/SubwayCanada, Canadians can access the just-launched SUBWAY® Nutrimeter, an interactive, online tool that instantly calculates the nutritional value of your customized SUBWAY® sandwich.

SUBWAY® Sandwich Solutions: Now with 25% Less Sodium

“SUBWAY® restaurants are all about choice and with more than 2 Million possible sandwich combinations, we’re confident that there is a sandwich that meets any Canadian’s individual lifestyle and nutrient needs,” concluded Bell.

SUBWAY® restaurants offers ‘8 under 6 grams of fat or less’ sandwiches. These sandwiches, low in cholesterol and saturated fat and free of trans fat, now also contain 25% less sodium. These sandwiches are Black Forest Ham, Oven Roasted Chicken, Roast Beef, Subway Club, Sweet Onion Chicken Teriyaki, Turkey Breast, Turkey Breast and Black Forest Ham, and Veggie Delite™.

To learn more about Commit to Fit or share their personal healthy living stories for a chance to be named a SUBWAY® Commit to Fit Ambassador, Canadians can visit:

FreshEnergy.com/Committofit or Facebook.com/SubwayCanada.

About SUBWAY® restaurants

SUBWAY® restaurants are the world’s largest submarine sandwich franchise, with more than 34,600 restaurants in 98 countries and over 2,600 restaurants in Canada. In 2011, the SUBWAY® chain surpassed McDonald’s in the number of restaurant locations worldwide. Headquartered in Milford, Conn., the SUBWAY® restaurant chain was cofounded by Fred DeLuca and Dr. Peter Buck in 1965. For more information about the SUBWAY® chain, visit www.subway.ca.

SUBWAY® is a registered trademark of Doctor’s Associates Inc.

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Look who’s coming for breakfast!

- June 9th, 2011

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Jared (The Subway Guy) Fogle is touring Canada and we’ve got a breakfast date planned for next week.

Fogle, who lost an incredible 245 pounds and has kept it off for 12 years, will be sharing tips for Keeping Fit readers about how to:

• Make a positive change for yourself, no one else

• Stay motivated and plan for success

• Choose healthier foods, especially while on the go

• Develop a strong support system

• Log your progress

Stay tuned for this, and much more, from the iconic sandwich man.

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