Local nurse practitioner loses weight and inspires her patients

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Longtime Novant Health Nurse Practitioner Beverly Knott has always been passionate about promoting health and wellness, but for a long time, her message wasn't all that effective.

"It was hard for me to tell my patients to lose weight and eat healthier when I was obese," said the now over-100-pounds-thinner Knott. "I just had to show them and then they could see that if I can do it, they can do it."

Knott's beloved husband of 39 years died late last year from a chronic blood disorder. Over the months leading up to his death, the two had a lot of time to talk. He wanted her to get fit and be healthy so she could be around for the grandchildren.

Knott lost more than 100 pounds in less than a year, not through extreme measures or surgery, just better, more consistent food choices.

"I eat vegetables and fruits every day. I drink at least 70 ounces of water a day. It's just a choice I make and I feel so much better. My self-esteem is better, I have more confidence. Promoting health is so important to me. Now when I do, my patients really listen," Knott said.