As a new mom, heart disease survivor, and Go Red for Women spokesperson, Alanna is on fire for healthy living… and inspiring others to be their own health advocates. A former dancer (ballet, tap, and jazz), she enjoys yoga, bike riding, walking, hiking, and kayaking. Hailing from Sanford MI, she attended Delta and Saginaw Valley State University but roots for Michigan State sports. Alanna’s caring nature extends beyond family, participants, and coworkers ― she’s also passionate about fostering and rescuing pit bulls. And she can’t wait for this year’s Health for the Holidays launch: “The scene-building is my favorite; I also love the Gift Box activities!”
New to the HES team, Samantha is channeling her passion for healthy lifestyles into a knock-your-socks-off Health for the Holidays experience. A registered dietitian and longtime shutterbug, Samantha loves photography and spending time in nature; she also enjoys walking with her husband and de-stressing on the treadmill. Originally from Southfield MI, Samantha is a Central Michigan University grad and cheers for Michigan State. Her 11-year-old rescue Chihuahua, Scooby, runs her life… but she’s OK with that. “I am so excited to be working for HES, and love logging in to Health for the Holidays to see the scene build and snow fall!”
Health for the Holidays 2017 Mascot
After starring as Toto from the Wizard of Oz in a local theater production, Brantley became a total divo, demanding attention when he needed it, wrapping himself around Alanna’s neck like a cat, and generally putting on airs. Among his more endearing canine traits are playing in water or snow and chasing squirrels. He’s a favorite at bring your dog to work day even though he can be a little standoffish. If he’s in need of a grooming he resembles a tiny bear cub, which makes him even more snuggly.