Author Archives: Kristin Coppens

Kristin Coppens

About Kristin Coppens

Kristin Coppens is responsible for BCBSM coverage of the West Michigan, Northern Michigan, and Upper Peninsula regions. Kristin is a writer, social media enthusiast, and information junkie. A self-proclaimed foodie, techie, and political nerd, she is a dedicated promoter of Grand Rapids community development, urban engagement, arts, healthcare, wellness, supporting and buying local, entrepreneurism, and the city as a whole.


Some of the safest places to walk at night in America are right here in Michigan

As the weather begins to slowly warm, Michiganders come out of hibernation in droves to celebrate spring. As the sun sets a little later each day, many of us enjoy taking an evening stroll around our communities. We can now feel…

Positive Michigan

Brooke’s Blossoms

Brooke was diagnosed with stage IV Neuroblastoma in November of 2010 at the age of three and a half. This type of cancer is in the nervous system and had spread to Brooke’s bone marrow and lymph nodes, in addition…

Cancer Awareness

Supporting food security by filling Empty Bowls

“Put good food to good use.” This motto is the driving force behind the Empty Bowls fundraiser, which supports fighting hunger and food shortage in several Michigan communities. The Empty Bowls fundraiser in Traverse City takes place on April 13th, from…

You have to believe in yourself, your talents and not give up advises West Michigan business leader

One of this year’s 50 Most Influential Women in West Michigan awardees is heavily involved in providing a strategic foundation for impressive growth to West Michigan. Birgit Klohs is the President and CEO of The Right Place, Inc., a regional economic development…

Positive Michigan

10K Steps Challenge participant walks over 150 miles since January

Participating in the 10K Steps Challenge leading up to the Fifth Third Bank River run is a structured way for beginners and experienced participants alike to stick to a training schedule and stay motivated. Once participants sign up for the…


Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital recieves 2013 NewsMakers honor

The Grand Rapids Business Journal Newsmakers 2013 Awards occurred early this year, and honored a number of different individuals from various industries that have worked countlessly to highlight Grand Rapids and the talent within the community. Within the healthcare industry, the GRBJ…

Healthy Community

This made in West Michigan app makes health tracking “Abriiz”

Constant conversation occurs over the benefits of tracking your health, especially in the form of diet and exercise. On top of those two key components of a healthy lifestyle, tracking chronic conditions is essential in providing a well-rounded picture of…


What does sugar do to your brain?

Sugar consumption can be a tricky beast, as our bodies actually need sugar to function properly. However, sugar overconsumption leads to a host of different health issues like obesity, poor memory function, depression and learning disorders, just to name a…


Local Grand Rapids photographer catches running bug and becomes a Warrior

The Fifth Third River Bank Run, America’s largest 25K road race, takes place in downtown Grand Rapids this May 10, 2014. The race incorporates the West Michigan racing community and beyond from all fitness levels, beginner through advanced. The Fifth…