Jared Subway house raided: Despite fame, Jared Fogle maintained roots in central Indiana
6:45 PM, Jul 7, 2015
5:46 PM, Aug 18, 2015
Jared Fogle had been the main face for Subway for more than a decade but still maintained strong ties to central Indiana for years.
Fogle first made headlines in 1999 while attending Indiana University in Bloomington. That’s where he famously lost weight on the Subway diet.
In 2004, Fogle established the Jared Foundation -- an organization aimed at eliminating childhood obesity.
"As a leader in the fight to help children learn life-long healthy diet and exercise habits, the Jared Foundation provides programs for children ages 6 to 14 years and support tools for parents, educators, and health care professionals to encourage and sustain lifestyle changes," the foundation’s website says of its mission.
The foundation uses the following approach to help kids lead healthier lives:
Develop tools to encourage children to eat healthier and exercise.
Support parents, schools and community organizations with education programs and materials.
Form partnerships with influential organizations in the community.
In 2006, RTV6 interviewed Fogle as he hosted a charity outing with Hoosier children. The Boys and Girls Club of Indianapolis called him a role model.
"I started putting on weight in the third and fourth grade and continued to get worse and worse for me until my weight was completely out of control by middle school and high school. And I want to make sure these kids don't want to make the same mistakes. I want them to have a better life," Fogle told RTV6 back in 2006.
Fogle also appeared on RTV6 in 2010 as he prepared for the New York City Marathon.
He is a huge Indianapolis Colts fan and spoke with RTV6 sports director Dave Furst earlier this year before the DeflateGate game against New England.
Fogle is expected to reach a plea deal in connection to the raid on his Zionsville home in July that included Federal, state and local investigators as well as the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
Sources familiar with the investigation said the July raid was a continuing probe of the indictment and arrest of former Jared Foundation president Russell Taylor.
Taylor lost his job after he was arrested in May. Investigators said they found hidden cameras and 400 videos of child pornography on computers in his home.