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As we move into summer 2020, we do so with a new perspective brought on by COVID-19 and the demands it placed on all of us, whether that meant doing essential work to keep our communities functioning or staying put at home. Regardless of each of our circumstances, finding time to enjoy the outdoors has been an outlet to stay active and fit, and to keep our spirits up. In that vein, within this edition of PA Health, you’ll find suggestions for biking trails that are waiting for you to explore — and there’s no better season for that than summer in Pennsylvania.

If we’ve learned anything this past spring, it’s that keeping the pantry stocked is a good idea. In this edition, we’ll not only show you how to preserve the food you grow in your garden or buy at the market, but we’ll also give you a recipe that’s as healthy as it is delicious.

And if there’s any silver lining to what we experienced this spring, it’s that physical distancing can lead to creative solutions. In these pages, you’ll learn about telemedicine and how video visits with your doctor give you the care you need from the comfort of your own home. It’s an approach that’s so effective and convenient that it will likely become a part of the new normal for medical care — even when we don’t have to stay home.

Our patient story this month features Elysburg resident Dawn Snyder, who decided to participate in the MyCode® Community Health Initiative. And it’s a good thing she did. What our researchers discovered, followed by the care she and her family received, is something Ms. Snyder says she’s deeply grateful for. It’s healthcare that touches generations.

As always, I thank you for being one of our readers. If you’ve read our paper magazine, here you can check out more of what PA Health has to offer, including additional stories, recipes and health and wellness tips.

Wishing you and your loved ones a happy and healthy summer,

Jaewon Ryu, MD, JD
President and Chief Executive Officer, Geisinger

Toddler boy filling kiddie pool in the backyard