Peg Rosen

Health, Food, and Lifestyle Journalist

Need a health and lifestyle writer to help build brand loyalty and convert leads? Want a creative team player driven to pitch, write and package? I’m your woman.

As a journalist, I know what it means to go deep, tease out what’s important, and spin crisp copy that resonates with a target audience. When Oprah wanted women to take public health care policy personally, editors at O: The Magazine turned to me. When Parents magazine needed actionable expert advice for COVID-panicked parents, they put Peg Rosen to work. Heck, when health and fitness editors need a web writer to hash out anything from ADHD diets to pelvic floor dysfunction to opioid withdrawal, they know I'm the one who can run with it.

As a content provider and copywriter, I combine my journalistic chops with voice and SEO savvy. The result? Search-friendly, trust-building copy that drives readers to click, shop, and share.

Above all, I believe that transformative copy—no matter the subject matter, no matter the audience--must be a joy to read and easy to understand. So if you think you need jargon and acronyms to sell your story and build brand loyalty, I’m happy to convince you otherwise!


Health and Safety

Are My Mood Swings Normal?

Mood swings are familiar emotional territory for many people and usually harmless. But sometimes they can indicate mental illness. Here's what to do if you notice shifts in your mood.
What Are Daddy Issues?

Are “daddy issues” a real thing or just another way to shame and demean women?

Can Anxiety Cause Loss of Appetite?

Some people tend to lose their appetite in times of stress rather than overeat. Here’s why that may be, and when it can become a problem.
Pornography and Depression: The Connection Explained

Pornography and depression are linked in a few small studies but there isn't sufficient evidence to show porn consumption causes depression or vice versa. Experts explain and share advice on when to know you need help.

What You Need to Know About Surprise Medical Billing

Here's something you can look forward to this year: an end to unexpected, or "surprise," medical bills. That's thanks to the new federal No Surprises Act, which took effect January 1, 2022. "Many people reasonably assume that they won't get billed by some random provider they had no role in choosing.

I Had Breast Cancer During the Pandemic

Quick, do a calendar search for your next ob-gyn visit. If you're like many women across the country, you may find zip. That's because many of us haven't yet rescheduled appointments we canceled because of COVID-19. This has experts worried.

7 Ways COVID-19 Is Affecting Our Kids and What Parents Can Do to Help

Children want to know that their world is safe and predictable-but reassuring them is more challenging than ever. Parents asked top experts about the emotional impact of the coronavirus pandemic and how we can help our kids be resilient. During this unprecedented time, it's easy to let headlines and images on the nightly news send us into a state of panic.
How Not to Get Hooked on Pain Pills

Kristina Crews Miller 39, trusted her family doctor's judgment when he wrote her prescriptions for oxycodone in 2002 after her surgery for endometriosis. And why wouldn't she? At that time, the pills were considered a godsend for patients with all kinds of pain. "I thought I was healing," says Crews Miller.

Home Swimming Pool Safety Tips All Parents Should Know

A backyard pool promises endless summer fun, but it also comes with the huge responsibility of keeping fast and fearless little ones out of harm's way. This is how we can all work together to help prevent drownings.

Dr Oz The Good Life
Lifesaving Advice From an Emergency Medical Technician

A dull thud outside the tent startled me from sleep. Then came my sister's screams for help. I raced into the driving rain toward a scene I feared through years of camping with my extended family: My 82-year-old father had stumbled on a tree root as he made his way to the outhouse in the early dawn.

10 Reasons to Chill About Lice (Seriously)

A case of head lice may seem like the worst hair day ever, but don't let it put you over the edge. Here's why you can (sort of) relax. Sure, scratching from lice could technically cause sores. But in the vast majority of cases here in the U.S., these bugs are not a health hazard.

Love and Migraine

Everything is harder when you're prone to debilitating migraines, including--or, TBH, especially--making your relationship work.We've got advice that can truly help.

Good Housekeeping
How to Deal With Every Summer Accident

The only bummer about summer is the barrage of backyard bang-ups. Every year, trampoline accidents account for almost 90,000 visits to the ER, and grilling and sparkler injuries send about 6,000 more people to the hospital. Minor snafus are no picnic, either. One slip of a watermelon knife or errant flip of a burger, and the party's over.

New Jersey Monthly
The End of Volunteer First Aid in New Jersey

The last days of the West Orange First Aid Squad weren't pretty. The castle-like building that once served as the home of a dynamic squad with dozens of members-all volunteers-had become a mere way station.

Fitness Magazine
Toots, Poops and Other Oops

I may be 5-foot-3 and weigh 115 pounds soaking wet, but I can fell a football team with just one of my farts on a particularly bad night. You cringed reading that, I know.

Dialing 911? Emergency and Home Safety Tips - AARP

As people get older, they may not tidy up their homes as much as they used to. The resulting clutter can keep EMS from getting a stretcher into the room where it's needed - and delay lifesaving CPR.

Family Circle
Online Safety: Protecting Your Kids from Cyberporn

The other day while my two boys were at school, I forced myself to conduct a pretty creepy experiment. First, I went online and checked out a few of the estimated 4.2 million pornographic sites on the Internet.

Fitness Magazine
Private Matters: Solutions to Common Gyno Problems

You work hard to tighten your abs and tone your arms. But chances are, you've never thought of strengthening your pelvis. Here's why you need to: Your sex life and your health depend on it. Your pelvic floor, a web of muscles, tendons and ligaments at the lowest point of your torso, is one of the major support structures of your body.

Good Housekeeping
10 Items Medical Pros Always Carry in Their Emergency Kits

Get organized! You'll want a set of these items for each of your cars and your home. Throw them into duffels with your store-bought kits. Say hello to your go-to cleaner-uppers, great for cleaning your hands or a muddy scrape, says Wendy Sue Swanson, M.D., a mother of two and a pediatrician at Seattle Children's Hospital.

11 Secrets ER Insiders Know-And You Should, Too

A trip to a hospital emergency room is no one's idea of a swell time. But more than 130 million times a year, people in the U.S end up there-often with non-life-threatening problems that can mean hours of waiting for treatment. As a volunteer EMT, I can see the frustration, confusion, and fear on patients' faces.

Mind and Spirit

Good Housekeeping
I Won't Let Blindness Stop Me From Living the Life I Want to Live

If all goes as planned, Las Vegas mom Terri Rupp will cross the finish line of her first marathon in November with LED lights braided into her hair and her family cheering her on. It will be a remarkable accomplishment, but not for the usual reasons.

Good Housekeeping
I Was Afraid of Dying - But I Had to Save Them

What the researchers witnessed was a tussle between two distinct regions of the brain. The subgenual anterior cingulate cortex (sgACC) lit up as each subject moved the snake closer; the more afraid the subject was while moving the snake toward himself, the more active this hub of "courage" neurons became.

Family Circle
Memory Lapses: What's Normal, What's Not

Have you ever stepped into a room and couldn't remember why you were there? Blanked on your daughter's friend's name? Misplaced your car keys? Memory lapses can launch us into a panic about what's okay and what's cause for concern. Author Peg Rosen embarked upon a search to find out.

How to Conquer Your Fear of Driving

I am standing on a dusty stretch of road in the New Hampshire boonies when a tricked-out Subaru roars out from the woods and screeches to a halt right in front of me.


Fitness Magazine
8 Health Lies Trainers Tell

That "helpful" advice you hear at the gym may actually hurt you. We'll help you distinguish the truth from the B.S.

Fitness Magazine
Can You Be Fat But Fit?

There are two large women who've been in boot camp with me for years. They almost never miss a class and never take it easy. Yet as I've lunged, squatted, and planked alongside them nearly daily, I'm ashamed to admit that one question has occasionally bounced around my brain: With all that exercise, after all this time, why aren't these women in better shape?

Fitness Magazine
Breathe Easier During Exercise

Controlling how and when you inhale and exhale can pump up your fitness and bring you bliss. Prepare to be blown away. "Breathe deep into your belly; oxygenate your blood," my yoga instructor says in her signature voice-whisper. I can hear the scubalike ujjayi breaths of my mat mates and do my best to follow suit.


New Jersey Monthly
Rodrigo Duarte, The King of Hams

In a cool, dark curing room beneath his Newark specialty shop, Rodrigo Duarte shines a light on 80 masterworks of charcuterie dangling from the low ceiling. Black-hooved, with a glistening rind, they are legs from pure-bred ibérico pigs, prized source of the world's finest, most expensive ham.

New Jersey Monthly
The Original Jersey Drink, Hard Cider Makes a Splash in Newark

In his former life as an ad man, Montclair resident Charles Rosen helped launch Mike's Hard Lemonade and Svedka vodka. "So I know the business," he says. "And cider is the fastest-growing sector of the liquor market. "Hard cider," he adds, "really was the original Jersey drink.

New Jersey Monthly
Jono Pandolfi is a Stone Soul Master

Lots of restaurants have a signature dish. Now an increasing number of high-end marquees (Eleven Madison Park, Aureole and Aquavit in Manhattan; Common Lot in Millburn; and Turtle and the Wolf in Montclair, to name just a few) also have a certain signature under their dishes: that of Union City-based ceramicist Jono Pandolfi.

New Jersey Monthly
At iPic Theater, (Literally) Juggling Dinner and a Movie

When iPic Entertainment opened one of its cushy dine-in theaters in Fort Lee last August, it sounded like a grown-up moviegoer's holy grail-a swank cinema where the floors aren't sticky and the seats won't cripple you. No more wolfing down dinner in order to make show time.

New Jersey Monthly
At Publick House in Mountainside, Ambiance Upstages Menu | NJ Monthly

Since it opened in 2009, two key things have stayed consistent at the 100-seat Publick House in Mountainside: the welcoming blaze in its wide, stone fireplace (even in summer) and its well-stocked and serviced bar. Those assets have made this no-reservations spot a local magnet.

New Jersey Monthly
Reinventing a Favorite: A Toute Heure in Cranford

After 10 successful but demanding years, Andrea and Jim Carbine made the difficult decision last spring to sell their beloved boite, A Toute Heure , one of the first Jersey restaurants to showcase Jersey farms. Prospective owners Marco and Nathally Florio were delighted.

New Jersey Monthly
Asbury Park's Mediterranean Hot Spot, Reyla

About a year after the 2016 opening of Barrio Costero, their smash modern Mexican spot in Asbury Park, partners Chris Viola, Jamie Dodge and Derek Brosseau were invited by their landlord to open a second restaurant in a space recently vacated on the other side of the building.

New Jersey Monthly
Major Changes at a Grande Dame: Bernards Inn in Bernardsville

Through 111 years, 15 owners, fire, flood, Prohibition (when it was a speakeasy), and a handful of name changes, the Bernards Inn has persevered in pampering a well-heeled clientele. "We know we have a reputation for being stuffy," says general manager Joshua Barbee, 39.

New Jersey Monthly
A Chef's New Shingle: Braun's Tavern in Bloomfield

In 2010, chef Michael Fiorianti helped Satis Bistro earn a place in Jersey City's burgeoning dining scene. Six years later, he licensed the name from the owners and opened his own outpost of the Euro-style boite in Bloomfield. Business wasn't exactly gangbusters. "I realized pretty quickly that people around here wanted something simpler.

New Jersey Monthly
Long-Awaited Summit: Summit House in Summit

Summit neighbors Dylan and Melissa Baker and Tyler and Sara Reeder had long spoken of owning a restaurant together when, in 2015, they acquired a liquor license and began to convert the town's historic former YMCA into Summit House. After a long delay and lots of anticipatory buzz, it finally opened in April.

New Jersey Monthly
Venerated, Reinvigorated: The Ryland Inn

Chris Albrecht, who was appointed executive chef of the renowned Ryland Inn in Whitehouse Station last fall, is a master of deception. Glance at his menu, and just about every dish-from his pickled vegetables to his flat-iron steak frites-seems straightforward and familiar. An entrée like his pan-roasted cod-crisp and gorgeous on its pillow of fingerling-potato purée-looks elegantly simple.

New Jersey Monthly
A Wolf's Den You Want In On: Villalobos in Montclair

The key to appreciating Villalobos -Montclair's 81-seat temple of modern Mexican food-is taking chef Adam Rose at his word. "This isn't a place to fill up on cheap tacos," the genial 35-year-old says. "And I'm not pretending to be Mexican." That's true, but it's only half the story.

New Jersey Monthly
Restaurant Review: Viaggio

Strip malls may be as Jersey as beefsteak tomatoes, but let's be honest: Dining in one can be a buzzkill. Robbie Felice, 26, shared similar sentiments when his restaurateur father, Joe Felice, presented him with the commercial space and funding for Viaggio, the 78-seat culinary oasis they opened together last August in Wayne's Wedgewood Plaza.

New Jersey Monthly
Fine Dining in a Fine Setting: Terrace Lounge at The Manor

The Manor is a lavish West Orange landmark famed for opulent weddings and its extravagant lobster and raw-bar buffets. What even many locals may not realize is that it also has an upscale à la carte dining room, the 120-seat Terrace Lounge.

New Jersey Monthly
Restaurant Review: Romulus

In Rome five years ago, Stephen Henderson and his wife fell in love. Not with each other (that was a fait accompli), but with the city's singular cuisine, shaped by its ancient roots and the humble souls who have inhabited its neighborhoods through the ages.

New Jersey Monthly
Restaurant Review: Plum on Park

Anthony Bourdain once famously dissed brunch as a dumping ground for leftovers. Tell that to Natalie Colledge, the energetic chef/owner of Plum on Park in Montclair, and you'll likely incite a derisive snort. Brunch, you see, is in the DNA of her tiny, railroad-car diner.

New Jersey Monthly
Restaurant Review: Boulevard Seafood Company

Scott Snyder, chef/owner of the well-regarded Boulevard Five72 in Kenilworth, also runs a small, high-quality wholesale seafood business. In April, harnessing his restaurant expertise to his access to super-fresh seafood, Snyder, 48, opened Boulevard Seafood in Somerville.

New Jersey Monthly
Restaurant Review: Cavé

It's almost a shame that Cavé in Avon-by-the-Sea calls itself a "Paleo eatery." Because anyone who passes this place off as some faddish magnet for CrossFit fanatics is missing out on a thoroughly contemporary and satisfying meal. Don't know from Paleo?

New Jersey Monthly
Ahoy, Pirates!: Bonney Read in Asbury Park

As a sous chef for Gordon Ramsay on Kitchen Nightmares and Hell's Kitchen, Jersey native James Avery says he learned, "you've always got to be on your game, and a certain amount of theatrics helps make the dining experience."

Education and Disability

8 Inclusive Ways to Rethink Your Interview Strategy for People With Disabilities

Traditional job interviewing strategies can be anything but inclusive. That can mean lost hiring opportunities for the 68 percent of Americans with disabilities who are "striving to work," (either currently working or looking for work) and employers eager to tap into this vastly overlooked talent pool.

ADA Accommodations at Work: What You Need to Know

You may already be aware that the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires employers to make certain accommodations for employees with disabilities. But how can you make sure that your workplace is following the law? And how will it impact your business to provide ADA accommodations at work for employees with disabilities?
The Connection Between Slow Processing Speed and Executive Function

Processing speed isn't an executive function (EF) like working memory, self-control or flexible thinking are. But when kids have slow processing speed, it affects how well they can use those executive skills. Here's why. The longer it takes to process information, the longer it takes to solve problems, respond to situations and perform tasks.
MTSS: What You Need to Know

A multi-tier system of supports (MTSS) is a phrase you may hear about at school or from other parents. You may hear it called the MTSS framework, the MTSS process or the MTSS model. No matter what it's called, MTSS has a very important goal.
Flexible Thinking: What You Need to Know

Some kids with learning and attention issues struggle with flexible thinking. This skill is one of three main executive functions that serve as the "command center" of the brain. And it's key to our ability to solve problems. Flexible thinking (experts may call it cognitive flexibility) allows us to shift gears and think about something in more than one way.
The Difference Between Auditory Processing Disorder and ADHD

About the Author Peg Rosen writes for digital and print, including ParentCenter, WebMD, Parents, Good Housekeeping and Martha Stewart. Reviewed by Ellen Braaten, Ph.D., is the director of the Learning and Emotional Assessment Program at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Accelerated Reader: What You Need to Know

Accelerated Reader (AR) is a popular reading program used in public and private schools. But even if you've already heard of this online program or your child is currently using it, you may have questions about what it is or how it works.
MTSS: What You Need to Know

A multi-tier system of supports (MTSS) is a phrase you may hear about at school or from other parents. You may hear it called the MTSS framework, the MTSS process or the MTSS model. No matter what it's called, MTSS has a very important goal.
ADHD and Boredom: What You Need to Know

Complaining about being bored from time to time is just part of being a kid. But for kids with ADHD (also known as ADD), boredom can be a frequent problem. And it can play out in ways that have negative consequences. Here's what you need to know about ADHD and boredom, and how you can help your child.
The Difference Between Sensory Processing Issues and ADHD

About the Author Peg Rosen has written for numerous digital and print outlets, including ParentCenter, WebMD, Parents, Good Housekeeping, More, Fitness and Martha Stewart. More by this author Reviewed by Ellen Braaten, Ph.D.
9 Benefits of Martial Arts for Kids With Learning and Attention Issues

Exercise is great for every kid. But children with learning and attention issues can have a hard time finding a sport or physical activity that suits them. They may not have the social or physical skills to participate on a team. They may not have the coordination for activities like skating or ballet.
ADHD and Depression: What You Need to Know

If you think your child with ADHD (also known as ADD) might be showing signs of depression, you're not alone. A lot of kids with ADHD-about 40 percent, according to one long-term study-struggle with depression at some point. Researchers know a lot about the overlap between ADHD and depression.

Essays and Opinion

2020: The Best Summer We'll Never Have * CoveyClub

Since COVID-19 came home to roost, my mom - like countless older people - has been sealed up alone like a silver-haired Rapunzel, going nowhere and seeing almost nobody. The woman who birthed my brother John, sister Jamie, and me is completely self-sufficient and has more energy than we do on most days.
Is date-rape crusade hurting innocent young men?

As a journalist, I can't say I'm surprised about the recent Rolling Stone UVA rape debacle. I'm also not surprised by how the public has responded to Rolling Stone's callous apology for its shoddy reporting and editing.