By Charlotte Underwood
LAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) – Tennova Healthcare LaFollette Medical Center’s new surgeon Dr. Derrick Galapon gave a presentation at the Campbell County Senior Center on Wednesday.
Galapon spoke about the importance of digestive health and screenings, highlighting “healthy digestive habits.”
“Healthy habits begin at the grocery store. A good balanced diet is better than a fad diet. Eating three healthy meals a day is balanced,” Galapon said.
He covered serving size and how Americans had developed a habit of “super sizing.”
“Serving sizes are not as big as you think they are. Large meals cause bloating, indigestion and increase the risk of reflux,” Galapon said.
He also encouraged people to avoid alcohol, tobacco, chocolate, caffeine, sodas, highly processed foods and to avoid sugary sweets full of empty calories.
“All things in moderation,” Galapon said.
Other topics covered at Wednesday’s health presentation were properly chewing food, how to avoid choking, having good dental practices, how to avoid indigestion and more.
Galapon brings 38 years of experience to the table and will be offering a range of general surgery services to the community. He is a board certified physician and U.S Army Veteran. He is a Vanderbilt graduate with a degree in molecular biology.
He has served as a flight surgeon, a staff general surgeon and eventually chief of general surgery. He received his medical degree with the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences. F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland. Before joining Tennova General Surgery, Galapon served as a general surgeon for Hardin Medical Center in Savannah. TN. and Cumberland Surgery in Clarksville, TN.
Galapon is a general surgeon and operates on thyroid, gall bladders, hernias, as well as some advanced laparoscopic surgeries, endoscopic procedures and other general surgery needs. He specializes in minimally invasive procedures.
Dr. Galapon can be reached at 423.907.1680. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED 9/28/2023- 6AM)