GastroIntestinal Healthcare specializes in diagnosing and treating disorders of the gastrointestinal tract including heartburn, acid reflux, IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), diarrhea, constipation, and ulcers. The practice also provides colorectal cancer screenings. Dr. Robert Harper is co-owner of GastroIntestinal Healthcare and is board certified in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology. He’s been practicing medicine in Raleigh since the mid
1980s and says that he’s grateful for the opportunity to have his practice participate in this event for a third straight year and for team members to talk with fair attendees about the importance of good digestive health.
“Our digestive system is highly sensitive and subsequently reacts to the stressors that come with daily life,” explains Dr. Harper. “Stomach aches and other digestive problems are the gut’s natural reaction to stress, and it’s important to understand and control these influences if we want our body to function at its optimal level.”
Dr. Harper says that most of the time he spends with patients at GastroIntestinal Healthcare is dedicated to education. Understanding a patient’s current lifestyle is key to making changes for long-term health benefits. He says that the two big things that individuals should do is make positive changes to their diet and to exercise.
“Making fresh food choices and committing to a regular exercise routine make it easier for our bodies to digest meals and absorb nutrients,” adds Dr. Harper. “Consequently, these choices will also help an individual attain a healthy body weight, which is another essential step toward good digestive health.”
This is RDU’s third wellness fair and GastroIntestinal Healthcare has been a participant since its inception. The Raleigh practice will be joined by over 30 area vendors and providers to provide RDU employees with valuable health information. GastroIntestinal Healthcare will be offering participants specific information on its practice and will be discussing the role they play in their patients’ gastrointestinal healthcare. Those patients include individuals with symptoms and those who need screening and colonoscopy to detect colon cancer. For more information about the RDU Annual Wellness Fair, contact Crystal Gray, Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority Event Coordinator, at Crystal.Gray@
About GastroIntestinal Healthcare
GastroIntestinal Healthcare is dedicated to “improving your health from the inside out”. The practice focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the digestive tract—the esophagus, stomach, colon, small and large bowel, gallbladder, and liver—and is conveniently located in North Raleigh, just off of I540. GastroIntestinal Healthcare has its own onsite licensed endoscopy center and is accredited and fully certified by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (Medicare), Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC), and Blue Cross/Blue Shield of North Carolina. For more information, call (919) 870-1311 or visit www.gihealthcare.net.
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