Jen Hatz MS, RD, CSSD, LDN, CSCS
Licensed and Registered Dietitian, Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
B.S. in Psychology
M.S. in Human Nutrition
M.S. in Exercise Physiology and Sports Nutrition
I've always been independent, unique, and a bit of a risk taker. Navigating through my own mental health struggles as a teen, I first started public speaking at the age of 17 for the Illinois chapter of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness). While studying psychology in school, my mental health finally improved once I got serious about my fitness and nutrition. I completely changed my life around, gained emotional stability, and independence from pharmaceutical interventions. I knew this was big.
I dove head-first into studying nutrition and exercise physiology, and spent 10 years working and studying across every different avenue within the health and wellness field only to realize that there is NO single approach that fit. It was only when I brought it all together, when I combined the effects of nutrition, fitness, sleep, everything, with mental health that it clicked. A full-circle moment.
I found my niche of working with high performance individuals like athletes, tactical populations, and anyone required to perform well under physical and psychological stress . As a football performance dietitian, I've worked with D1 programs, NFL Combine prep programs, and individual pros. I've traveled the country coaching and educating tactical populations including military personnel, government agencies, and first responders. It's with a strong moral obligation to truly protect individuals, in both their physical and mental health, that I've made a lifelong commitment to progressing our knowledge and application of nutrition and lifestyle factors that address mental health decline, CTE progression, and neurodegeneration seen in collision sports and tactical performance.
I currently reside in Pittsburgh, PA and I take advantage of every opportunity to be active, outside, spread the good vibes, and laugh at my own jokes because I think I'm absolutely hilarious.