JEN OHLSON

FOUNDER, PRESIDENT

Jen leads IHT’s efforts to connect and strengthen IHT's overall collaborative mission to effect real change in the health and education of children and their families. Jen consults directly with a number of foremost organizations, including secondary and elementary schools, universities, corporations and cities throughout the nation. She also works closely with state agencies, community leaders, leading-edge researchers and partners as they work together in the development of the overall program.

While launching IHT, Jen concurrently embarked on writing and directing her first feature film, Health Needs a Hero.” The documentary, focused on childhood health issues related to obesity, inspired Jen to create a project-based PE curriculum called "PE 3: PE for the Mind, Body, Spirit" that was so successful in reducing obesity while raising self-confidence and autonomy in young people, it was awarded statewide implementation as an official PE Course for every high school in Texas by the Texas Education Agency. Simultaneously, the Department of State Health Services awarded PE 3 its highest honor: "Excellence for Effectiveness in School Physical Education." The Spirit System and PE 3 are now impacting over 600,000 students daily across the nation. In 2014, IHT won the American Heart Association’s National Innovation Challenge as the “Best Technology in the Country for Cardiovascular Health."

Jen cultivated her management and leadership skills as a Division One and All-American athlete, coach, television sports reporter, best-selling published author, award-winning filmmaker, and public speaker.

After a successful stint as a television sports reporter at the ABC affiliate in Dallas, TX, Jen moved to Austin in 2002 to report and anchor sports for the NBC affiliate. Soon after moving to Austin, her love for health, community, well-being and open space accessible for all citizens inspired her to write her debut book, Every Town Needs a Trail".  The coffee table book has earned national acclaim and awards. As a highly regarded speaker, Jen shares her passion and insight to audiences nationwide, providing a powerful call-to-action for health awareness, the importance of empowering individuals to take ownership of their own well-being, and citizen and political leadership to make positive change happen.

On a personal note, Jen has run 36 marathons and 3 Ironman triathlons, including, finishing as the top female from Texas in the Hawaii Ironman World Championship in 2001. Jen still holds the record as the most lettered high school athlete in Colorado history, earning 15 letters in 5 sports and was named the USA Today “Colorado Athlete of the Year” her senior year in high school. In 2014, Jen was honored by George Mason University’s Communication Department as the “2014 Outstanding Alumna of the Year," where she graduated with a degree in that field of study, while also becoming GMU's first 2 sport athlete, competing in both soccer and track as a heptathlete.

Email Jen at jen@ihtusa.com or call: 512-848-8044