Susan Lennon MSW, LCSW Content Strategist
Communications Consultant
Specializing in Thought Leadership and B2B/B2C Marketing Communications
  Editorial Writing Portfolio

I've been an independent writer for ten years, and have more than twenty years in the healthcare field. My editorial specialties are health, people, and pets. As a former clinical social worker, I'm passionate about using words to help others, making the complex comprehensible and collaborating with editors to create copy that sings.

Please contact me if you would like to view my corporate/custom portfolio.


  Newsweek "My Turn" -- That Little Freckle Could Be A Time Bomb
Newsweek, May 24, 2004
It took four years of cancer scares for me to realize that skin care is more than covering my face when I sunbathe. >>

  Don't Be a Computer Crash Dummy!
The Writer, July, 2008
I learned the importance of regular data backups - the hard way!  >>

  SummerSmart: The Living is Easy
USA Weekend Magazine, May 23, 2008
How to tell bugs to buzz off >>

  Reduce your child's risk of lead poisoning
USA Weekend Magazine, May 5, 2008/
Lead poses real threats to your child's health - read about what you can do to reduce the risk.  >>

  Stiff Neck? Try these simple steps
USA Weekend Magazine, April 13, 2008
One idea: Sleep without a pillow, on a firm mattress. >>

  Your Sixth Sense: Good Balance
USA Weekend Magazine, March 16, 2008
Don't take your sense of balance for granted!  >>

  Women, you can help prevent urinary infections
USA Weekend Magazine, January 20, 2008
Everyday action is proven to cut occurrence. >>

  Double Header: Hair Loss and Wound Care
USA Weekend Magazine, January 13, 2008
Two Health Briefs with surprising info: "Why is your hair falling out? It could be a medical reason" ... and "Ouch! Cut yourself? Here's how to heal."  >>

  Forget "dieting."
USA Weekend Magazine, December 17, 2007
To permanently drop pounds, you need to change habits. >>

  "Fall Back" to Sleep
USA Weekend Magazine, October 28, 2007
Use November's time change to catch up on your zzzz's.  >>

  New Recognition for Fibromyalgia
USA Weekend Magazine, October 15, 2007
This mysterious pain gains an FDA-approved drug. >>

  Twin "Women's Health" Spins: Gestational Diabetes and Osteoporosis
USA Weekend Magazine, September 30, 2007
Give yourself a break and get a bone scan (the DXA test) - and - Important news for mothers-to-be (gestational diabetes) >>

  Long-Term Insomnia Puts You At Risk
USA Weekend Magazine, September 23, 2007
Chronic insomnia can lead to generalized anxiety disorder and disability.  >>

  Don't Spread It Around!
USA Weekend Magazine, September 16, 2007
How to curb four contagious skin problems in children.  >>

USA Weekend Magazine, September 9, 2007
Cholesterol drugs may prevent foot damage from peripheral neuropathy, a serious disorder affecting half of all diabetics.  >>

  Finding Time for Taekwondo
Taekwondo Times , September, 2007
Add Taekwondo to your "To Do" list and you'll be healthier and happier.  >>

  Eat Well and Play Right
ATA World, Fall, 200y
ATA student Kenderick Scorza wins a Nickelodeon wellness challenge and inspires other kids to live healthy and dream big  >>

  Busting Bowser's Back-to-School Blues
The Hydrant (Canadian Publication), September 1, 2007
Help your dog deal with end-of-summer doldrums with these tips. >>

  Tips to Calm Poison Ivy's Itch
USA Weekend Magazine, July 15, 2007
Summertime, and the living is ... itchy! If you can't avoid poison ivy, sumac and oak, learn how to soothe the itch.  >>

  Double Header Health: Brain Games/Brain Drain and Teen Migraine
USA Weekend Magazine, July 1, 2007
Learn whether brain games ward off brain drain, and how to help your teen soothe a migraine.  >>

  Easy Ways to Protect Your Computer Data
The Writer, July, 2007
Viruses, worms, spyware, adware and Wi-Fi can all compromise your computer. These tips can help you stay safe.  >>

  Double Tipping: Ice Cream Brain Freeze & Snoozing in Your Plane Seat
USA Weekend Magazine, June 3, 2007
Prevent harmless brain freeze; catch some ZZZs while aloft.  >>

  Mother-Daughter Masters
ATA World, Summer, 2007
Rising through the ranks together, Patti Barnum and Kelli Shoup inspire each other to achieve.  >>

  To Prevent Stroke Damage, Think 'FAST'
USA Weekend Magazine, May 20, 2007
Remember this mnemonic, and act quickly at the first sign of stroke.  >>

  Osteoporosis Is a Guy Thing, Too
USA Weekend Magazine, May 13, 2007
Millions of men have this bone-thinning disease or are at risk to get it - are you surprised?  >>

  Triple Tips Redux
USA Weekend Magazine, May 6, 2007
Hugs For Health, Binge Eating Disorder, ADHD and Teen Driving: Three Health Briefs  >>

  Allergies and Asthma: How To Breathe Easily While On Vacation
USA Weekend Magazine, April 29, 2007
Planning a vacation? Don't let allergies or asthma spoil your fun.  >>

  7 Tips For Terrific Sleep
USA Weekend Magazine, April 15, 2007
Sleep is a necessity, not a luxury. Find out why. >>

  Home Free
Cat Women: Female Writers on their Female Friends. Edited by Megan McMorris. Seal Press, April, 2007
I told my cat that we’d moved from our condo to a house so he could finally run free. He did for a while, and then gave up his wild ways for good.  >>

  Do You Know About These Heart Risks?
USA Weekend Magazine, April 1, 2007, May 5, 2008
Think you know how to minimize your risk of deadly heart disease? Think again.  >>

  Triple Tips: Celiac Disease, Parkinson's, Free Asthma Screenings: Health Briefs
USA Weekend Magazine, March 18, 2007
Celiac disease: It may be the answer. Parkinson's: Team treatment. Asthma: Get free screenings.  >>

  Your Thyroid Can Make You Cold, Fat and Tired
USA Weekend Magazine, March 11, 2007
Your thyroid controls your metabolism. If it's sluggish, you could be one of the millions of Americans with hypothyroidism -- and not even know you have it. >>

  The Patience Effect
ATA World, Spring, 2007
Learn to stay positive, grow with your mistakes and enjoy the journey. >>

  Worrywarts might give themselves acne
USA Weekend Magazine, February 11, 2007
Psychodermatology might explain why your acne gets worse under stress ... >>

  Coughs: Adults, they are nothing to scoff at
USA Weekend Magazine, February 4, 2007
Decode your basic cough and visit for kids' info.  >>

  Hepatitis C: It Kills as Many as HIV Does
USA Weekend Magazine, January 7, 2007
Called a "silent epidemic," hepatitis C is the most common chronic blood-borne virus in America. Could you be at risk?  >>

  Your Mind: A Little Privacy, Please
The Weekly Reader - Current Health 1, January, 2007
This article helps tweens and young teens understand why they need "space" and time alone to develop and grow.  >>

  Incontinence: Seek Help Early for Best Results
USA Weekend Magazine, December 17, 2006
Although urinary incontinence becomes more common with age, aging doesn't cause it. Read on to learn why this is a medical matter that deserves your attention. >>

  The Freelance Writer's Guide to Selling More Work Faster
The Renegade Writer's Query Letters that Rock, November, 2006
"...a variety of actual query letters that have garnered assignments from national publications..." >>

  It's True: Holidays ARE a Headache
USA Weekend Magazine, November 26, 2006
Holiday cheer can mean holiday hell for America’s 28 million migraine sufferers – but it doesn’t have to. Read this coverlined story for coping tips. >>

  Catching a Flight? Don't Catch a Cold
USA Weekend Magazine, November 19, 2006
You're up to 113 times more likely to leave the airplane with a cold than if you'd stayed on the ground ... protect yourself!  >>

  In Focus: Making a Million
ATA World, Winter, 2006
Bring your buddies to class and help the ATA change one million lives.  >>

  Feed Yourself Some Good Germs
USA Weekend Magazine, November 5, 2996
Bacteria for breakfast? If the thought makes you queasy, think again. Not all bugs are bad, and eating good germs can improve your health. >>

  Bouncing Back
ATA World, Fall, 2006
ATA World Champion Sally Burke used Taekwondo to conquer abuse, gain confidence and live happy. You can do it too.  >>

  Childhood Dieting: Mothers, Take a Chill Pill
USA Weekend Magazine, August 13, 2006
Moms – if you’re preoccupied with dieting, weight and body size ... >>

Prevention, August, 2006
How your furry companion can make you sick -- and what to do about it  >>

  Foot Pain: Fix it with Longer Shoes
USA Weekend Magazine, June 4, 2006
Foot pain got you down? Exercise and wearing the right size shoes can help.  >>

  Time Out for Taekwondo: How to Schedule Training Time
ATA World, Summer, 2006
Finding time for Taekwondo is worth the effort. Read the article to find out why!  >>

  Blood Pressure: Your Snoring May Keep it High
USA Weekend Magazine, April 3, 2006
If you’ve tried treating your high blood pressure with more than three medications, and it’s still 140/90 or more, you could have sleep apnea!  >>

  Leaving Our Chains
Woman's Best Friend: Women Writers on the Dogs in Their Lives (Seal Press), Spring, 2006
What my puppy taught me about freedom.  >>

  Asthma: Plan for Attacks
USA Weekend Magazine, March 26, 2006
About 20 million Americans have asthma, including six million children. Learn how to gain control ...  >>

  Carpal Tunnel: Stop Blaming Your Computer
USA Weekend Magazine, March 26, 2006
Do pain, tingling, and weakness in your fingers wake you up at night? If it's carpal tunnel, it's not your computer's fault ... >>

  COPD: Are You Winded?
USA Weekend Magazine, March 26, 2006
SOB got you down? Shortness of breath (SOB) is the hallmark of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), affecting about 32 million Americans ... >>

  Cosmetic Surgery Smarts
USA Weekend Magazine, March 12, 2006
The failure rate of cosmetic surgery is underreported. Find out how to select a qualified doctor.  >>

  Back Off, Back Pain
USA Weekend Magazine, March 12, 2006
Musculoskeletal problems rank number one for doctor visits, – a whopping 61,636,000 in 2003. One of the biggest culprits is low back pain. These tips will help you cope. >>

  Practice Taekwondo Forever
ATA World, Winter, 2005
Three experts offer advice for maintaining martial arts motivation despite challenges posed by age, injury or illness. >>

  Stress: Breathe Deeply Five Minutes a Day
USA Weekend Magazine, November 6, 2005
Learning to chill out is essential for well-being. And it can be as easy as breathing.  >>

  Depression Often Accompanies Other Illnesses
USA Weekend Magazine, November 6, 2005
Many scientific studies reveal that depression and disease often co-exist, each making the other worse.  >>

  IBS: Know for Sure
USA Weekend Magazine, November 6, 2005
If you're bothered by bloating, cramps and diarrhea or constipation, you could be among one in five Americans with irritable bowel syndrome. >>

  Iron Overload
USA Weekend Magazine, November 6, 2005
Surprisingly common genetic cause - hemochromatosis - may be to blame for this potentially fatal condition.  >>

  Melanoma: Learn to ID
USA Weekend Magazine, November 6, 2005
Because we - not doctors - first find most melanomas, we must improve our detection skills. >>

  Keep Your Mind Sharp While Helping Your Heart
USA Weekend Magazine, September 18, 2005
What's bad for the heart is also bad for the brain. Control these four risks.  >>

  Cannabis Isn't As Harmless As Suggested
USA Weekend Magazine, September 18, 2005
If you think it’s hot to smoke pot, you might be risking stroke.  >>

  The Nails Know
USA Weekend Magazine, August 28, 2005
Fingernails and toenails can reveal underlying illnesses. Here is the longer version of my "BodySmart" USAW piece, with a weblink for more information. >>

  Acne: Clearing Up the Myths
USA Weekend Magazine, May 1, 2005
Don't acquiesce to acne! These these tips can help. >>

  Here Comes the Sun
Health Magazine, May, 2005
Odds are you need more protection. Take these 5 steps first.  >>

  Incontinence/Unsafe Airline Water
USA Weekend Magazine, April 17, 2005
Surprising new findings about hormone replacement therapy and incontinence; ask for bottled water aboard an airplane. >>

  Safe Tattooing
USA Weekend Magazine, March 20, 2005
Do you tattoo? If you do, a little knowledge will go a long way in keeping yourself safe.  >>

  Deadly Deadlines/Day-Long Drivers
USA Weekend Magazine, March 13, 2005
Deadlines live up to their names; day-long drivers at risk ... two surprising new studies ... >>

  Laptops and Infertility
USA Weekend Magazine, January 21, 2005
Is "Laptop" an Oxymoron? It is if you're concerned about your fertility ...  >>

  Hangover Helpers
USA Weekend Magazine, December 19, 2004
Health tips to avoid morning-after miseries  >>

  The Bunny 411
The Washington Post, April 4, 2004
For the dedicated few, we've canvassed rabbit owners, vets, and advocacy groups for resources in the D.C. metro area. >>

  Heartbreak and Hope
AKC Gazette, April 2004
Knowledge of the causes and treatment of canine glaucoma, cataracts, and PRA will help you cope with these relentless hereditary diseases. >>

  The Washington Post -- Adoption: For Older Dogs, A New Leash on Life
The Washington Post, October 14, 2003
The Dog Writer's Association of America nominated this freelance piece for a Maxwell Award, and the ASPCA selected it as one of three finalists for a Human Issues Special Award.  >>

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