About Us

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Who We Are

At Shape, wellness is for all. Whether you are working toward a specific fitness goal or just hope to feel better and have more energy, our team of writers, editors, personal trainers, and wellness enthusiasts aims to provide science-backed tools and tips to meet you wherever you are in your health journey. Our library of more than 11,000 stories reaches more than 7 million monthly readers, providing expert advice, editor reviews, trend reports, and personal essays all with the goal of inspiring you to take on your next wellness challenge with confidence and enthusiasm. 

What you'll find on Shape.com is just as important as what you won't find. Across the site and on our social platforms, you can expect workouts for all fitness levels, showcasing various body types and abilities, beauty and skin-care advice for a range of skin tones and concerns, approachable, nonjudgemental mental health information, inclusive sexual wellness and sexual health insight, tasty meal hacks and ideas that are about enjoying food without overthinking it, and a Healthy at Every Size (HAES) editorial perspective. 

This is not a place for impossible workouts made only for professional athletes, stigmatized mental health care info, heteronormative sex content, food guilt, nor dangerous or irresponsible weight-loss advice. And we want to hear from you: If you come across any content that conflicts with these editorial ethics and values then please tell us. Email editorial director, Alyssa Sparacino at alyssa.sparacino@dotdashmdp.com with your concerns.

The Shape Team

The Shape Squad roster is filled with people who are passionate about the work they do and the stories they tell. Together we are dedicated to making sure that when you come to us with questions you leave with answers. And we always welcome you back because if there's anything to know about health, it's that there's always something more to learn, something new to know. No wellness journey ends just because you crossed one finish line — and we're right beside you, every step of the way.

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Alyssa Sparacino
editorial director

Alyssa (she/her) has been with Shape since 2015 and has held various content roles, most recently stepping in as editorial director in 2022. She's worked in digital media for more than a decade, previously holding editor positions at HGTV Magazine, Health.com, and AOL Health. Prior to that, she completed a features internship with Teen Vogue while attending college at Kent State University in Ohio, where she earned a B.A. degree in magazine journalism and was the editor-in-chief of the school's women's magazine. Her work has been published online and in print within national media brands covering a range of topics including health, travel, beauty, home, pets, and more. Alyssa holds a personal training certification with the American Council on Exercise. When she's not writing or lifting weights, you can find her hiking, exploring, and eating with her husband and rescue pup.

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Marietta Alessi
social media director

Marietta is currently Shape's social media director but she has worked with the brand since 2015. Prior to that, she worked as a digital strategist for brands in the health and wellness space, a writer for various magazines, and led the Her Campus chapter at her college, Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. She loves memes and puns just as much as saying yes to spontaneous adventures (including a 45-mile race in Africa). In her spare time, you'll find her unplugged making jewelry out of sea glass she finds on New Jersey beaches.

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Christie Calucchia
news editor

Christie Calucchia is a news editor at Shape.com. She was previously a lifestyle e-commerce editor at Dotdash Meredith, serving as the content and strategy lead for Real Simple, Southern Living, Better Homes & Gardens, and Martha Stewart Living for more than two years.

She has written and edited hundreds of articles about home decor, cookware, skincare, and fashion. To provide the best product recommendations, she has interviewed interior designers, organization experts, dermatologists, and celebrities She has also created candid reviews after conducting hands-on product research.

Prior to landing at Dotdash Meredith, she was an assistant editor at MyDomaine, where she covered interior design and lifestyle topics, including home tours, culture, career, and celebrity news.

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Renee Cherry
associate editor

Renee Cherry is a New York-based associate editor at Shape who covers beauty, celebrity news, food trends, fitness, and more. While studying magazine journalism at Syracuse University, she completed an internship at Cosmopolitan, getting her first glimpse at the media industry. After graduating, she joined Shape as an intern, eventually becoming a digital writer/producer before taking on her current role.

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Megan Falk
assistant editor

Megan Falk joined the Shape.com team in 2019 and serves as the editorial assistant, covering food trends and nutrition, sustainability, health, fitness, and more. Before joining the Shape Squad, Megan worked as an editorial intern at DoctorOz.com and graduated with a bachelor's degree in magazine journalism and a minor in food studies from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. Her writing has also appeared in Health, SAVEUR, and her hometown's magazine, Hour Detroit. When she's not writing, you can find her taking road trips across the country, taste-testing every ice cream spot in sight, and lounging at home with her cat, Molly, in North Carolina.

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Chelsey Hamilton
commerce editorial director

As the editorial director of commerce for beauty, Chelsey oversees news and deals coverage on Shape and InStyle and leads the content direction for a team of commerce writers focused on beauty, style, and wellness. With more than 7 years of experience in the digital editorial space, her work spans a variety of topics including health, beauty, entertainment, and lifestyle. She holds an M.S. degree in digital communications from Syracuse University and a dual B.A. degree in magazine journalism and dance from Temple University in Philadelphia. Chelsey has been with Dotdash Meredith for more than 3 years.

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Chloe Irving
commerce writer

Chloe Irving is a lead commerce writer for Shape with two years of experience covering fitness, wellness, and beauty. After joining Dotdash Meredith in 2021, she became a shopping writer for both Shape and InStyle.Since graduating from Brown University where she was a student-athlete, Chloe became an avid runner, powerlifter, yogi, and triathlete. Today, she's passionate about informing readers about injury prevention products and fitness gear. She spends her free time obsessing over the newest skin-care trends and hair products.

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Editorial Guidelines

Editorial Policy and Standards

Shape is committed to the quality and trustworthiness of our content and editorial processes. Our team of writers, editors, illustrators, photographers, and experts rigorously researches and reviews all content on an ongoing basis to ensure it is up to date, accurate, and puts the needs of our readers first.

Each article features a byline that includes the name, a brief description, and a link to more information about those who contributed to that piece. The date indicates when the piece was most recently updated with new information. Some articles also have a tagline at the end to provide additional information on research or authorship.

Original illustrations, graphics, images, and videos are created by internal teams, who collaborate with experts in their fields to produce assets that represent diverse voices, perspectives, and context. Periodic review by editors ensures the quality, accuracy, and integrity of these assets. Photos and videos are not edited in any way that may cause them to be false or misleading.

We correct any factual errors in a transparent manner and strive to make it easy for our readers to bring errors to our attention. Please let us know if you think we have published inaccurate information. Email us at contact@shape.com.

All of our writers, editors, and contributors are responsible for disclosing any potential conflicts of interest.

Our editorial content is not influenced by our advertisers. We maintain a strict separation between advertising and editorial content and clearly differentiate editorial content from advertising content.

Click here for our complete policies on Corrections, Independence and Impartiality, and Originality.

Click here for our policies and processes surrounding product recommendations.

Click here for legal information, including our terms of use, privacy policy, and advertising guidelines.

Product Reviews and Recommendations

Our mission at Shape is to provide you with thorough and unbiased information to help you get — and stay — active, healthy, and feeling like your best self. Whether we're researching the best protein powders, testing wireless headphones in our state-of-the-art lab, or putting running shoes through their paces out in the real world, our product reviews are rooted in the expertise of our testers, editors, and contributing board of advisors. While we receive affiliate commissions on some of the items purchased through our content, our recommendations are purely editorial and based on thorough research, expert guidance, and hands-on experience. Even when brands and PR agencies send us products for editorial consideration, our thoughts and opinions are always our own. We're here to offer inspiration from a trusted voice so that you can make informed buying decisions and take action.

Diverse Voices

The wellness industry has a longstanding history of catering to a mostly white, thin, cis-gender population. It's a dangerous precedent with ripple effects that can be felt across generations. From health care bias and lack of representation to access and affordability inequities, Black, brown, queer, transgender, and differently-abled folx, as well as those living in larger bodies have often been ignored. While strides are being made, there's so much more work to be done. 

We are committed to using our platforms to elevate marginalized voices and we live by our mission that wellness is for all. As such, we are taking several actionable steps to support anti-racism, representation, and inclusivity on our site and social media platforms:

  • All Shape writers are asked to sign a diversity pledge, which, in part, requires them to make best efforts to include insight from at least one diverse expert source for every assignment, as well as reference inclusive scientific research when applicable.
  • By the end of 2022, 30 percent of Shape's freelance contributors will include BIPOC.
  • As of April 2022, at least 75 percent of all newly published round-ups highlighting influencers, entrepreneurs, and wellness pros will feature BIPOC individuals.
  • As of April 2022, we will include diversity in race, body size, sexuality, age, gender identity, or ability in every six posts within our Instagram feed to ensure you never have to scroll to find diverse representation. 
  • By the end of the quarter, the Dotdash Meredith Anti-Bias Review Board will have reviewed the top 20 percent of our content library.

In the Press

Find our editors on…

People: Is It Safe to Go to the Gym During the Coronavirus Pandemic? Here's Everything You Need to Know, featuring editorial director Alyssa Sparacino 

Yahoo: Mindfulness, virtual reality and at-home fitness emerge as top wellness trends for 2022, featuring social media director Marietta Alessi

Us Weekly: Halle Berry's 'Resourceful' Towel Workout for Anyone to Try at Home

Fox5 Las Vegas: Transformative resilience: How to train your brain to think more positively, featuring social media director Marietta Alessi

About Dotdash Meredith

Shape was founded in 1981 and is part of the Dotdash Meredith publishing family.

Dotdash Meredith, an operating business of IAC,  is the largest digital and print publisher in America. From mobile to magazines, nearly 200 million people trust us to help them make decisions, take action, and find inspiration. Dotdash Meredith's over 50 iconic brands include PEOPLE, Better Homes & Gardens, Verywell, FOOD & WINE, The Spruce, Allrecipes, Byrdie, REAL SIMPLE, Investopedia, Southern Living, and more.

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Contact Us

Do you have something you'd like to let us know? Whether you have a comment or an idea to share, you can reach us at contact@shape.com

For press inquiries, email us at press@dotdash.com

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Shape offers the highest value to advertisers through a combination of scale, credibility, and intent. Interested in advertising with us? Email us at shapeadvertising@meredith.com or check out our media kit to learn more.

Write for Us

We're always looking for talented journalists and expert contributors to help bolster our mission to create a more equitable, accessible, and approachable culture of wellness. If you'd like to learn more about Shape's pitching guidelines, rates, and content areas of focus, send us a note along with a few recent examples of your work to write@shape.com.