How We Inspire, Inform and Transform!

Knockout Obesity’s unique recipe for success involves Inspiration (through physical fitness training), Information (through nutrition education), and Transformation (through capacity-building for community-based organizations.) Knockout Obesity delivers its signature obesity prevention and intervention program to youth-serving community organizations, with an emphasis on community centers located in high-need New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) developments.
Click to learn more about our three-prong approach!

Walk To Your Health, Brooklyn! on June 20, 2015

Knockout Obesity is proud to host the inaugural, Walk To Your Health, Brooklyn! First Annual Family Walk to Knockout Childhood Obesity, on Saturday, June 20, 2015, at Brooklyn Bridge Park! This debut walk for NYC will unite Brooklynites in the fight against childhood obesity, and raise funds for Knockout Obesity, so we can continue our efforts to help children develop physical fitness and nutrition habits that will promote healthy lifestyles and prevent obesity! Volunteer, Walk or Sponsor.
Learn more how you can support this great event!

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Harlem News Group

November 28th, 2014|

KO Obesity & Live Light, Live Right Helping Youth Keep Fit in Brownsville
On Saturday, October 25, 2014, youth from Live Light, Live Right visited the Brownsville Recreation Center to participate in the ‘KO Program,’ a local boxing initiative aimed at combating the obesity epidemic. The obesity epidemic is a crisis in poor communities like Brownsville,Brooklyn, […]

Fox 5  NY

September 8th, 2014|

Brooklyn News 12

April 24th, 2014|

Borough President Eric Adams takes the ring with Paulie Malignaggi to ‘Knockout Obesity’
 

The event raised money for a program that introduces young people to boxing. (3/26/14)

BROOKLYN – Borough President Eric Adams stepped into the ring with a pro-boxer to try and knock out obesity.

Adams faced off against Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi, a boxer from Benshonhurst […]

ESPN – NY Fight Blog

March 25th, 2014|

Paul Malignaggi strikes a blow vs. obesity
By Michael Woods | ESPNNewYork.com

Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY SportsMalignaggi will take a shot at another title on April 19.
We, the media, too often treat them, the athletes, the fighters, as objects, present to entertain and amuse us, and serve as punching bags when we see fit.

Sure, the payoff for success can be considerable, […]

New York Daily News

March 3rd, 2014|

Brooklyn BP Eric Adams boxes childhood obesity
The Beep put on the gloves at Gleason’s Gym in Dumbo to promote Knockout Obesity. Former champion Paulie Malignaggi donated $25,000 to the youth program founded by Bay Ridge Chef Dimitri Verteouris of Food Network’s ‘Fat Chef.’

By Doyle Murphy, New York Daily News, March 25, 2014

FIGHT like a Brooklynite, […]

ESPN New York

August 9th, 2013|

Local Businessman Wants to KO Obesity
By Michael Woods

Restaurant owner Dimitrios Verteouris doesn’t sell garbage at his three places, in Bay Ridge, Bensonhurst, and Cobble Hill.

His Nature’s Grill menus don’t feature the fat-laden caloric counts you might see at a fast-food joint, but nevertheless, the businessman found his own waistline expanding over the years. He knew […]

DNAinfo New York

July 22nd, 2013|

Pro Boxers Coach East Village Boys’ Club to Knock Out Obesity

By Serena Solomon
July 18, 2013 8:49am | Updated on July 18, 2013 8:49am

EAST VILLAGE — With the help of professional boxers and a Brooklyn restaurateur,The Boys’ Club of New York is fighting obesity with boxing skills and lessons in nutrition.

The club, at East 10th Street and Avenue A, is […]

METRO NY: Going a couple of rounds to shed some pounds

July 22nd, 2013|

Going a couple of rounds to shed some pounds
By Chris Longo
Published: July 1, 2013

Caught in a battle with a staggering number, 330 pounds to be exact, Brooklyn restaurateur Dimitri Verteouris entered into a bout with obesity.

Inspired by a crew of both amateur and professional boxers, Verteouris, 29, took up boxing in the hopes that the mental and […]

The Insider

November 9th, 2012|

Watch Knockout Obesity founder, Dimitrios Verteouris, tell his story on ‘The Insider’ (please allow a moment for video to upload).

New York Post: Before & After Exclusive!

November 6th, 2012|

FAT FIGHT!
After shedding more than 100 pounds, a Brooklyn chef inspires five New Yorkers to battle the bulge with boxing gloves
By DOREE LEWAK
Posted: 10:39 PM, November 5, 2012

As the co-owner of a health-oriented chain restaurant in Brooklyn, Dimitrios Verteouris wasn’t especially interested in nutrition.

And it showed.

The 28-year-old restaurateur behind Nature’s Grill was obese, hitting rock bottom […]