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

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.

Boots shopping 101

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

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.