KO Obesity Mission

Our Mission

Our mission is to combat childhood obesity by providing nutritional and physical education, and programming, using the tenets of boxing, while partnering with private and non-profit organizations to reach both youth and adults in need. Get in the ring. Join our fight against childhood obesity.

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Meet the Founder

On Food Network’s, Fat Chef, Dimitrios Verteouris lost 82lbs in 3 months. Based on his personal experience overcoming obesity, Dimitrios was inspired to create Knockout Obesity. Today he delivers his signature obesity prevention and intervention program to community centers across Brooklyn!

About Dimitrios

Knockout Curriculum

Overcoming the shame that often accompanies obesity is critical. By fostering a roundtable discussion about healthy and unhealthy eating habits, participants in the “KO Program” recognize they are not alone in their situation and feel empowered by sharing resources with each other.

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Knockout Obesity is hosting its inaugural, Walk To Your Health, Brooklyn! on June, 20, 2015.

The First Annual Family Walk to Knockout Childhood Obesity will take place at Brooklyn Bridge Park with panoramic views of NYC! Walk, Volunteer or Sponsor, to help Knockout Obesity support a community center or school near you!
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This is What We’re Up Against. And Here’s How We Knockout Obesity

Knockout Obesity aims to make an immediate and lasting change in NYC’s least served communities through a three-prong strategy that focuses on Physical Fitness, Nutrition Education, and Capacity-Building.

Our Program
  • In 2012, more than one third of children and adolescents across the country were classified as overweight or obese.
  • Low-income children and adolescents are more likely to be obese than their higher income peers.
  • Children living in low-income communities face increased risk of childhood obesity due to environmental challenges, such as high crime rates and a shortage of open spaces that impede children from attaining recommended levels of physical activity.
  • The ratio of students to physical education teachers in NYC’s public elementary schools is 730:1.
  • Nearly half of NYC schools offer no after school sports or physical activities.
  • Low-income communities often face a shortage of healthy food choices, known as food deserts, and many low-income families rely on inexpensive, highly-processed foods.
  • Overweight children are at high risk of developing serious illnesses like type II diabetes, severe asthma, high blood pressure, heart disease, high cholesterol, pulmonary disease, and sleep apnea.
  • Overweight and obese children have higher rates of school absenteeism and poor school performance, and are likely to grow up to be overweight adults.
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Turning kids into Greats through Inspiration, Information
and Transformation...

Knockout Obesity disseminate its “KO Program” to community based organizations, training staff and donating equipment and lesson plans, so that centers can operate the program independently. And the kids love it! The proof is in the photos.
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Our Partners

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Want Knockout Obesity at your school, community center
or local event?

We are here to help! Send us a message and let us know how we can serve you. Our goal is to improve the lives of youth throughout Brooklyn and New York City, so give us a shout out!
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