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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

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.

Need vitamin D?

There's a fairly good chance you're not getting enough of the sunshine vitamin.

‘We are still in a pandemic’

Medical experts urge caution for spring break travel.

Don’t let a diagnosis get you down

If you're battling a chronic condition, a few healthy lifestyle changes could help improve your outcome.

The building blocks of fitness

Get moving today with these at-home workout tips for all ages.

Help kids build healthy habits

A pediatrician offers tips for parents as they aim to help children reach a healthy weight amid a pandemic.

Patient Story

‘I was very fortunate’

After suffering severe burns from a stove fire, 31-year-old Joseph Foster is on the road to recovery—and eager to get back his favorite activities.

Time to shake it up?

If your meals are healthy and balanced, you probably don't need protein shakes. But on the go, a shake can get you through.

Learn to love yourself

A psychologist shares her guidance for how to guard against an unhealthy body image and live a better life.