About Troy

Troy Roness is an instructor in the Teacher Education and Kinesiology Department, within the College of Education and Health Sciences, at Minot State University (MSU) and has been a faculty member since 2013. 

He graduated from Minot State University in 2008 with a bachelors degree in Health and Physical Education, and completed his first masters degree in Education and Cognitive Science from Minot State University in 2012. He completed his second graduate program in Counseling and Student Affairs in 2018, from Minnesota State University, Moorhead, and plans on beginning his Ed.D., Doctor of Education in Professional Practice and Leadership, from the University of North Dakota (UND), in 2019. 

Troy’s professional career began 10 years ago and has included involvement in physical and health education, cognitive science, mental health advocacy and non-profit organizations, and government curriculum and administrative programs.

Troy has become an internationally-acclaimed writer, voice and advocate since his 2009 recovery from and life-threatening addiction to exercise and eating disorder after a guest appearance on the ‘Dr. Phil Show.’

He has been a dedicated activist and educator for eating disorders, faith and healthy body image. Troy describes his motivation as ‘the simple act of paying his blessings forward.’

With experience as an author, speaker, and advocate, Troy travels the country to speak on behalf of those affected by eating disorders and related mental illnesses to ‘put a name and face to the overwhelming issues affecting our generation,’ and also strives to help others make a difference. He has a passionate voice for youth-helping to inspire, motivate, and foster hope.

Troy current teaches courses in both Teacher Education and Kinesiology at Minot State University, advises students within the Physical Education and Corporate Fitness and Wellness Management programs. Outside of his responsibilities at MSU, Troy works extensively with the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), and NORMAL in Schools (NIIS), the United Kingdom’s ‘Men Get Eating Disorders Too’ (MGEDT) organization, and the Eating Disorders Coalition (EDC). He travels the country as a motivational speaker, writes for multiple national publications, and has authored his book, ‘Unbroken: Journaled Reflections of Recovery.’

In his spare time, Troy enjoys running, outdoor activities, his Christian faith, and spending time with his three dogs: Phoebe, Oliver, and Mia.

Troy currently resides in his home state of North Dakota, and teaches at Minot State University.

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