Rodney Hansen – Exercise Physiologist | Ph. D. in Nutritional Sciences | Runner | Coach
Rodney has been a distance runner since junior high. He graduated from Fort Collins High School in Fort Collins, Colorado and earned his Bachelor’s degree from Idaho State University where he was also a cross country, indoor, and outdoor track athlete. He completed both his Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology and Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Nutritional Sciences from Colorado State University.
Rod’s former professional experience includes coaching high school Boys and Girls Track (Poudre School District, Fort Collins, Colorado), and collegiate Mens and Womens Cross Country, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, and Marathon (College of Southern Idaho). He also conducted research in nutrition in the Colorado State University Veterinary Medicine Program where he primarily investigated dietary omega-3 fatty acids and the effect they have on chronic disease in companion animals.
Rod has been a professor at Weber State University since 2004. He teaches nutrition and his research interests have included biomechanical analysis of barefoot running in elite runners and nutrient intervention to address muscle soreness in older runners. He is married to Julie Hansen.