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Welcome to the fall issue of PA Health 

Colorful leaves, crisp temperatures and the scents of autumn in Pennsylvania are welcome changes from the summer heat. I look forward to the changing of the seasons in our beautiful state.

If you can’t get outside to enjoy the fall weather, read our tips for bringing the outdoors inside. A few simple changes in your home can lift your spirits and provide a calming connection to nature all year around.

This edition of PA Health also highlights genetic testing and how the information is used to help you and your healthcare team find a treatment that’s right for you. Kathy Lahr’s story is a good example of how her DNA test results informed her decision to have surgery for breast and ovarian cancer.

With autumn comes a bountiful harvest of vegetables, including many varieties of squash. Explore the different types and how to prepare them for a healthy addition to any meal.

And now that kids are going back to school — and back to the field or gym — find out about common sports injuries and how to prevent them. You’ll also meet some Penn State athlete ambassadors partnering with Geisinger.

I hope you find this edition of PA Health enjoyable and pick up a few tips that make you and your family healthier and happier. I wish you all a wonderful fall season.

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

Jaewon Ryu, MD, JD
President and CEO

The amazing fall foliage is on full display at Frances Slocum State Park, Luzerne County, Pa.
Frances Slocum State Park, Luzerne County
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