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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.

Alyssa Allen

Posts from Alyssa Allen

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.

Parenting in a pandemic

Set realistic goals for your family in these difficult times—and pencil in some quiet moments for yourself.

Stronger in 2021

Take steps now to give up smoking and other harmful habits.

Pandemic weight gain? You’re not alone

Explore these helpful tips from a dietitian and an athletic trainer about how to shed the pounds.

Baking more than usual?

Enjoy all the pleasures of baking—without packing on the pounds.

Patient Story

Virtual yoga, real connection

When COVID-19 paused in-person yoga classes, patients battling cancer came together online.

How to curb the at-home snack attack

Explore a dietitian's tips for keeping your nutrition on track.

Attitude of gratitude

Here's how to find a grateful heart this Thanksgiving—and always.

Planning for a safe COVID-era holiday

Medical experts urge caution regarding traditional festivities, but offer fun alternatives.

Patient Story

‘I will make this work’

Nothing can keep Bill Little down—not even severe burns that claimed much of his right hand.

Patient Story

A ‘simply jaw-dropping’ injury

Extensive surgery following a terrible crash has given nursing student Ryan Brown a unique perspective on the patient experience.

An outside-the-box Halloween

With a little creativity and advance planning, there's plenty of spooky fun to be had.