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Jim Rova – Wednesday July 23, 2014 – 2PM

Jim has lost over 100 pounds and has battled cancer. His story is amazing.

Jim lost 101 pounds to achieve his goal weight.  He  had a heart attack, cancer, diabetes,sleep apnea and was taking four meds three times a day. Yet, in 22 months, he lost 101 pounds and today takes no meds whatsoever. Now, he jogs three miles three times a week and boxes two days a week at the age of 73. He will inspire you.

We will be talking about how to keep off weight once you have lost it.


Curt Boudreaux – Monday August 11, 2014 – 2PM

Curt BoudreauxCurt Boudreaux is a Motivational Speaker, Author & Cajun Humorist from the New Orleans area.

Curt has been speaking professionally since 1989 and has presented programs in 25 states. He is the author of 5 books including the ABC’s of Self-Esteem, Irresistible Leadership and Never Kiss An Alligator On The Lips! (Cajun Humor) He has also recorded 2 Cajun humor CDs by the same title. Curt is a member and past president of the New Orleans Chapter of the National Speakers Association.

We will be talking about Curt’s topic, “You Only Go Around Once!”

In the hustle and bustle of everyday living we often times let life pass us by. We go through life on the defensive, being reactive instead of proactive. We need to take the initiative to decide what we want to be and what we want to accomplish. To do this we need to dream, set goals, make a plan and then commit to accomplishing them. We can do this by dreaming big dreams, believing in yourself, taking positive risks, setting goals, being a team player and living each day with enthusiasm. (Have fun) This will help us to grow and get unstuck in our personal and professional life. Always remember this: life should be enjoyed, not endured.

Visit his website here  • Purchase his books and other materials here.


ronald-azzuRon Azzu, Esq. – Monday August 18, 2014 – 2PM

Ron was the International King for TOPS in 2004.

About 10 years ago, Ron walked into a TOPS Club meeting. Though he had been heavy most of his life, for the first time, he experienced what he calls the missing link in the desperate effort to lose weight and be happy and healthy. As a member of TOPS Club Inc., he was crowned the King of Massachusetts, as well as the International King for 2004. He is a practicing counselor at law, but spends his favorite time with speaking to people about controlling their weight and health. He speaks anywhere and anytime about his pathway from emotional eating and has been across the country chatting aout about putting yourself first.

We will be talking about Emotional Eating


Dr. Jim Painter PhD – Wednesday September 3, 2014 – 2PM

Jim PainterJim has been the recipient of numerous grants that have focused on changing our eating environment. He has more than 100 peer reviewed publications and presentations to his credit. He produced the video Portion Size Me and authored Nutrition You Can Use.

Jim Painter received a Master’s degree from Oklahoma State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois. Jim has been a Registered Dietitian since 1980 and is a member of the American Dietetic Association.

He worked for Marriott Corporation in the 1980s, taught at the University of Illinois in the field of Nutrition and Hospitality during the 1990s and at Eastern Illinois University in the 2000s where he also chaired the School of Family and Consumer Sciences. He has served on commodity scientific advisory boards, such as Paramount Farms Pistachio Health, National Pasteurized Eggs and has directed Nutrition Research for the California Raisin Marketing Board.

Jim’s presentations have taken him around the world as he shares his wealth of knowledge, experience and expertise.

Jim and Scott will be talking about Food Psychology: Why We Eat More Than We Think.

Visit his website here  • Follow him on Twitter


Dr. Nick  Yphantides “Dr. Nick” – Friday September 5, 2014 – 2PM

Dr. Nick YphantidesDr. Nick is  the medical spokesman for TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) and the Chief Medical Officer of San Diego County, Author of My Big Fat Greek Diet.

Dr. Nick Yphantides used to weigh 467 pounds (sic) and is now an advocate for those in his community who need it the most. He currently serves as the Chief Medical Officer for San Diego County and its 3.2 million residents (1% of America’s population). He is the Founding Co-Chair of San Diego’s Childhood Obesity Initiative, was the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of one the largest network of Community Clinics in San Diego County, the CMO of the Council of Community Clinics and was the publicly elected Chairman of the Board for Palomar Health, the largest Public Hospital District in California. Also serves as the national Medical Spokesperson for TOPS.

big fat greek dietHe is thankful for the fact that he has never seen a patient with private insurance in his life. As a result of his personal health transformation he now advocates for population health transformation. Dr. Nick is a cancer survivor and has been to as many countries as he is old. His daughters Veronique and Zoe are the joy of his life and they make their home in Escondido, California. We will be discussing personal transformation, weight loss, and life change.

We will be discussing personal transformation, weight loss and life change.

Visit his website here • Purchase My Big Fat Greek Diet from Amazon here.bluestripe

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