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

5 ways to lose weight—without dieting

Research shows 95 percent of diets fail. Let’s leave diets behind and still shed the pounds.

Smart choices for the cereal aisle

Amid those dozens of brands, there are healthier choices if you know what to look for.

Know your birth control options

With more choices available in recent years, women have more flexibility to determine what's best for them.

Battling menopausal weight gain?

Learn what you can do to combat the turmoil—and maintain a healthy weight.

Ouch! My back is killing me

When everyday life wreaks havoc on your back, take action fast to fend off bigger problems.

Patient Story

‘Worth it in the end’

After adopting a healthier lifestyle, a 50-year-old Michigan man sheds pounds—and much of his medication.

Is that processed?

A dietitian offers tips for eliminating problematic foods and replacing them with whole, natural foods.

Tips to stay active all winter

Dust off your running shoes and don your jacket—a little physicality is the best way to ward off midwinter miseries.

Help your kids get their Zzz’s

Learn these tips so your little ones get enough rest to thrive in school and beyond.

Boots shopping 101

Top 10 tips from a foot doctor to help you pick the right pair for winter.

Plan a festive, COVID-safe holiday

Avoid the stress by adding these important details to your season's to-do list.

Love your caffeine?

A dietitian unpacks the good and the bad of America's favorite pick-me-up.