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

A dietitian’s guide to eating out

Follow these 5 tips for a healthy trip to your favorite restaurant.

Worried about your health?

You're not alone. Explore 5 tips from a psychologist on how to cope.

Patient Story

‘It’s such a gift’

A double lung transplant gives new life to a man whose brother died of the same lung disease.

4 things to know about backpacks

Make back-to-school shopping a breeze with these expert tips and tricks.

Patient Story

A new way of life

A retired professor charts a fresh path of plant-based eating—and he feels no need to look back.

Sip your way to a healthier you

You can enjoy many of your favorite drinks when you're looking to hydrate—but water will always command the top spot.

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.