I’m Evan Jensen. I specialize in writing about health, fitness, nutrition, chronic disease, and preventive care for health professionals, web properties, and corporate clients. I’m a NASM personal trainer. I’m also an award-winning journalist, ultra-marathon runner, and dad with three kids.

Writing

I have a master’s degree in journalism, with more than a decade of experience chasing breaking news, digging for information, interviewing experts, and telling stories as a newspaper reporter and editor. I’m also a copywriter for doctors, health professionals, and businesses in the health and wellness industry.

I’ve interviewed the Seattle Seahawks team doctor, followed medical researchers perfecting the method of growing bones from stem cells in the lab, and profiled people trying to beat cancer. And I’ve written about weight loss, dieting, supplements, exercise, alternative and naturopathic medicine, and many other health-related topics.

I’ve won awards from the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association, Washington Newspaper Publishers Association, Freedom of Information Oklahoma, and been part of a team recognized at the annual Oregon Healthiest Employers event in Portland, Ore.

Running

beginning of cascade crest

I ran my first 26.2-mile marathon in Park City, Utah, about 20 years ago. Since then, I’ve finished more than 30 marathons, ran some 50K races and 50-mile races, and got my butt kicked by the Cascade Crest 100-Mile Endurance Run.

The first year I attempted this race, I dropped out at 88 miles after limping along for more than 20 miles. Honestly, I thought about the race just about every day for a year, trained harder and smarter, and returned to run the entire 100-mile distance the second year. Checked off another 100-mile finish at the Mountain Lakes 100-Miler in 2014. Back for more fun and games at the 2015 Mountain Lakes 100-Miler.

I lead a local running club in Sandy, Oregon, with about 40 runners who show up periodically for Saturday morning runs in the 4- to 10-mile range. During peak training season, I run about 50 miles a week, and scale that way back during the winter and early spring in place of more strength training. I love running, and it’s a perfect complement for writing about health-related topics.

One Crazy Life

Dad with kidsI’m also a dad with three kids (ages 8, 5, and 1), and my wife works part-time at the local gym. With a family of five, life can be crazy at times. I make school lunches, carpool, hustle kids to karate and soccer practice, help with homework, do the laundry and dishes, and all that other stuff.

As a kid, I watched both my parents struggle with their weight and try every fad diet in the book without success. And I resolved to change that for my own family. We eat healthy (minus the occasional kid-fits about broccoli and peas), and spend a lot of time outdoors.