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Formerly fat doctor to dish weight-loss secrets in Quincy appearance

Tiffiney Lozano
Staff Writer
3/10/2010


Family physician Dr. Nick Yphantides will present a free lecture at the Quincy Town Hall Theatre next Thursday, March 18, at 7 p.m.

Author of the popular book “My Big Fat Greek Diet,” Dr. Nick jokes that despite his accomplished career, he was “board certified” in medical hypocrisy, as 10 years ago he weighed in at close to 500 pounds.

Embarrassed and unable to fit into airplane seats or restaurant booths, the doctor grew tired of saying to patients, “Do as I say, not as I do!”

Determined to practice what he preached, Dr. Nick broke from his daily job commitments and set out to change his life.

He loaded an RV with protein shakes and no-calorie diet drinks, and dubbed his new home on wheels the “USS Spirit of Reduction.”

An avid baseball fan, Dr. Nick began what he would later call the “Take a Swing at Weight Loss Tour.”

Stopping at every major league baseball stadium in the country, Dr. Nick proceeded to lose an astonishing 270 pounds during the course of the next eight months.

That journey began in April 2001. Today, Dr. Nick is still a family physician, as well as a medical consultant and a member of the Presidential Task Force on Nutrition, Fitness, and Public Health.

The doctor said he can empathize with those struggling with weight loss, and can offer medically safe advice to lose it for good.

His life story has been featured in People Magazine, Reader’s Digest, Washington Post, New York Times, and on CNN, Fox News, Focus on the Family and even in the National Enquirer.

Dr. Nick is no stranger to Quincy. Friends with Quincy’s Dr. Jeff Kepple, the two met in medical school. In fact, Dr. Nick even worked at Plumas District Hospital for a short stint, covering extended emergency room shifts.

The Plumas District Hospital Employee Wellness Program sponsors the upcoming lecture.

The program was established in 2008, and recently received a $16,350 Innovative Community Wellness Grant.  The program plans to use the funds to sponsor other guest speakers, community wellness fairs and outdoor activities.

Listen to a song written by Quincy's Dr. Jeff Kepple about Dr. Nick at the bottom of this website...

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