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

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.

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.