This spring, Allison Bland arrived at MeYou Health from Baltimore, MD, with a fresh perspective and style – writing style, that is (although the other elements of her style are pretty cool, too). Hailing from Indiana and later Long Island, New York, Allison graduated from McGill University in Montreal and earned a graduate degree in Communication, Culture and Technology from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. When she moved to Boston to work for MeYou Health, Massachusetts became the fifth state she's lived in over the last 10 years!
Outside of work, Allison claims she’ll go anywhere out of her way for a slice of key lime pie – but coincidentally, her apartment is now right next door to a pie shop. She spends much of her time adventuring with her boyfriend and her dog, a 9-year-old cocker spaniel-poodle mix named Lover Boy. At MeYou Health, Allison is a writer on the content team and her primary focus is creating new content for Daily Challenge. She has written all of the new challenges you’ve seen in the last few months!
To learn more about Allison, check out her answers to the 5 questions below. Feel free to say “hello” in the comments section!
What brought you to MeYou Health?
I've always been interested in combining science, health, and writing, so I've looked for work that brings those fields together. Before coming to MeYou Health, I was the social media and community manager for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. While preparing for a move to Boston with my boyfriend (and dog, Lover Boy), I was researching companies and came across MeYou Health. I was really excited to find out that they were looking for someone to write about health and well-being.
What is your role in Daily Challenge?
Each week, I write new challenges for the Everyday Well-Being track. Reading feedback on the challenges from members each day has really helped me get to know the Daily Challenge community. I also support the rest of the Daily Challenge team with "word magic" for new features.
Do you have a favorite type of challenge to complete or write about?
I love to cook, so it's fun to complete food-related challenges. When I scroll through the feed, I always find great ideas from other members for healthy meals and snacks. My recent move from Baltimore to the Boston area also gave me a few ideas for new challenges. One was to research where to recycle electronics in your community, and another was to find a recipe for a forgotten item in your freezer or pantry. I'm happy to say that I completed these challenges in the process of packing and sorting through all my stuff!
What are some sources of inspiration you use when writing challenges?
I read magazines and blogs like Consumer Reports, Real Simple, and The New York Times Well Blog for the latest health research and news. I find myself looking for challenges in my daily life, too - my friend complaining about lower back pain inspired an exercise challenge, while nearly tripping over a pile of loose cords prompted a safety challenge.
What's coming up for Daily Challenge that you're most excited about?
One thing I'm working on right now is a new track focused on core strength. The track will be full of exercises to improve your posture and challenge the muscles in your back, stomach, glutes, and hips. Look out for the new track coming soon!