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Amy Good and
Stephen Otto
Stephen Otto and I have been
weathering COVID-19 by being active
and spending time outside - including
camping. We camped locally until the
travel ban was eased and then we spent
time camping in Colorado. It is fairly easy
to social distance while camping, especially
if you are camping on public lands instead
of a commercial campground. Another
great thing about camping is you can
choose your level of commitment. Back
yard? Base of Mt. Everest? Anything in
between. What better way to stay mentally
and physically healthy than enjoying the
beautiful great outdoors?

Kourtney Bernecker
My mental and physical health took
an initial hit during this pandemic and I
definitely felt claustrophobic and sluggish
the first few weeks as I was adjusting to
working from home and enjoyed food
delivery!
After two weeks, my boyfriend
and I decided to embrace nature and
started going on daily walks through

our local parks and weekly hikes along
the Appalachian Trail or kayaking up at
Leaser Lake. This led to a new passion
for camping, hiking and kayaking and
we're going to Ohiopyle State Park for
our vacation for Labor Day! Since I'm
still fearful of the gym, I've found infusing
nature into my exercise routines as a great
way to relieve my brain from being in the
same space all day while getting some
exercise. I'm never going to want to go
running but I can still do a HIIT workout
in a park. It's been great exploring the
community, and I've been able to support
new local businesses in more rural
communities by grabbing lunch when we
go kayaking. We're hoping to continue by
simply layering up until the snow and ice
hits.

Beth Kohl
Beth Kohl trained for and ran the
"Running is Not Cancelled" virtual
marathon sponsored by Fleet Feet in early
May.
"In the early months of COVID-19,
I found that having a goal race on the
horizon, even if it was a virtual race I was
going to complete solo, helped give me
the motivation to get out the door and
run, which improved both my mental
and physical well-being during such an
uncertain time."

Nutrition is a key to wellness so I
decided to use the time while we were
stuck at home to learn some new recipes. I
learned a lot about what my body likes and
what my body doesn't - turns out, it loves
radishes and I didn't need as much caffeine
as I thought! Who knew! My favorite
recipe so far is Fish Burrito Bowls with
Cauliflower Rice - I think I make better
Guacamole than Chipotle!

The shutdown was a learning
experience. Perhaps, like our Wellness
Committee members, you too have in
some way adjusted priorities, and now
spend more time with family. Maybe
you acquired new skills, tried different
recipes, or experimented with a new type
of outdoor exercise. Although there
is nothing good or
redeeming about this
pandemic, and we pray
for its end, perhaps
there is that silver
lining.
Please stay safe and
take care of yourselves!

Ms. London is an
attorney with the
Spring Township firm
Kozloff Stoudt.
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