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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

5 tips for a healthier Halloween

A pediatric dietitian who's also a mom shares some handy tips for handling the inevitable surge of sweets.

Patient Story

‘I give thanks’

A free health program aims to help John Earl Day Jr., 54, find a path out of homelessness—and back to good health.

Patient Story

‘Time to get this taken care of’

A prolapsed organ led a 68-year-old retiree to choose surgery. The outcome: She'll be back on the ski slopes this winter.

Patient Story

‘In charge of your own health’

Amid mounting health concerns, 65-year-old Mozella Taylor turned to prayer for answers—and she soon found guidance in her quest for better health.

Patient Story

Goodbye to Gus

After undergoing minimally invasive surgery to remove a football-sized spleen he nicknamed Gus, 11-year-old Benjamin Wayne is ready to conquer the world.

4 things to know about backpacks

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

Let your kids bounce their energy away, safely

The verdict’s out on whether trampolines are safe, but a pro offers tips to help prevent both indoor and outdoor injuries.

Stay active with these 5 must-do moves

Conquer achy joints, slower metabolisms and decreased muscle strength by using movement to your advantage.

Pack your food and go with these 6 safety tips

Don't risk your health by playing 'culinary Russian roulette' this summer.

Patient Story

‘She’s come a long way’

A free community health program helps Lillie Towns overcome physical and emotional barriers to reclaim her life.

So, your teen wants to be a vegetarian?

A dietitian and pediatrician offer tips to ensure your youngster is successful in this new journey.

Patient Story

‘It’s a gift to be here’

She helped create the MyChart app for others and now uses it to improve her own life after a Parkinson's diagnosis.

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