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Dana Ryan

Ph.D., MA, MBA – Director, Sports Performance, Nutrition and Education Chair, Herbalife Fitness Advisory Board


Dr. Dana Ryan is the director of Sports Performance, Nutrition and Education at Herbalife. She is also the chair of the Herbalife Fitness Advisory Board. In her role, she is responsible for helping establish the company as a global leader in sports nutrition. Her primary focus is supporting Herbalife-sponsored athletes around the world by developing nutrition and sports performance programmes as well as designing and managing sports clinical trials. Dr. Ryan has worked with members of the LA Galaxy, Flamengo, Barcelona S.C., Liga in Ecuador, football players training for professional football and other athletes in support of their nutrition programmes.

Before joining Herbalife, Dr. Ryan taught exercise physiology and related courses at California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA), and conducted research at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA),* on the impact of community-based nutrition and physical activity programmes on heart disease risk. She was the coxswain for the University of Washington Division 1 crew team as an undergraduate and then went on to coach high school rowing in San Diego and Arizona for eight years.

Dr. Ryan completed her doctorate in physical activity, nutrition and wellness at Arizona State University, where she studied the impact of vitamin D supplementation on endothelial function, inflammation and VO2 max in older adults. She earned an MBA degree from USC and a master’s in kinesiology from San Diego State University. Dr. Ryan is also certified in nutrition for optimal health, wellness and performance. A passionate athlete, Dr. Ryan enjoys all water sports, especially rowing. Her favourite Herbalife products are Herbalife24® Liftoff®, Herbalife24® Rebuild Strength and Enrichual Hemp Facial Serum.

*The University of California does not endorse specific products or services as a matter of policy.