Author:

Alyssa Allen

Alyssa Allen has worked in the communications industry for 20 years, starting as a newspaper reporter and then moving into marketing and public relations. Now, as a writer and editor, she loves to tell stories about interesting people and ideas. You might spot her around Grand Rapids with her husband and two children. They are hard to miss since they all have red hair. When she’s not keeping up with her kids, she enjoys reading, walking around her neighborhood and exploring West Michigan.

Posts from Alyssa Allen

Try these 3 fresh veggies today

A dietitian offers her top tips for preparing these summer favorites.

Sweet or tart, cherries are magical

A dietitian shares 6 surprising health reasons why you should eat this remarkable fruit.

Patient Story

‘It was incredible’

A groundbreaking aortic valve replacement procedure made one man's third heart surgery a whole new experience.

Top 10 surprising menopause symptoms

Hair loss, sleep problems and bladder issues are among the many lesser-known effects of fluctuating hormones.

Patient Story

‘I really have just kept on living’

A Dominican sister had a life-changing minimally invasive aortic valve replacement—and paved the way for others to do the same

Explore the great outdoors

There's a host of health benefits to be had from an active afternoon in the sunshine.

Pack your food and go with these 6 safety tips

Don't risk your health by playing 'culinary Russian roulette' this summer.

Patient Story

‘Wait, who is that person?’

Diet, exercise, bariatric surgery and a new mindset have pointed a Michigan dad to a healthier future.

Patient Story

‘She’s just a little sunshine’

Adopted from China, LiLi Santee, 8, is fighting a rare blood disorder one transfusion and one smile at a time.

Help kids build good mental health

Explore these expert tips for promoting an active and positive mindset, even amid challenging times.

‘She’s incredibly talented’

A young rapper named Zah Zah The Great helps spread the message about COVID-19 safety.

Hold the salt

Little by little, you can get your sodium intake under control.