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Duke Neurology's John Ervin loses 125 pounds with help from Duke Farmers Market

Tuesday, July 31, 2018
By Jonathan Black

Sitting in the Duke University Hospital emergency room with a bacterial skin infection, John Ervin realized he needed to turn his life around.

At the time in late 2016, doctors diagnosed Ervin, who weighed 350 pounds, with cellulitis, a bacterial skin infection worsened by poor circulation.

“That health issue scared me into getting my act together,” said Ervin, 48, laboratory manager for Duke’s Kathleen Price Bryan Brain Bank and Biorepository. “I knew if I didn’t take the steps to be healthier that I was a good candidate for worse health problems down the road.”

Soon after the emergency room scare, Ervin set a New Year’s resolution to get active and make healthier food choices. He started walking on a treadmill for 30 minutes after work and changed his diet by cutting out burgers, fries, burritos, hot dogs and biscuits. 

Instead, he visited the Duke Farmers Market, now in season through Sept. 28, on Fridays to buy broccoli, cauliflower and strawberries, a favorite snack. He eliminated alcohol and ate a salad nearly every day for at least one meal. 

He has lost 125 pounds.

Read the full story at Duke Today.