Cara Petrus

Daily Goal: Be STRONG. Strong heart, Strong Choices, Strong Legs...STRONG YOU!

Placed 45th

in south group seventeen

Ms. Health and Fitness and Jared Allen's Homes for Wounded Warriors would like to thank Cara Petrus and her voters for helping us donate $179,724.93 to our injured United States military veterans!


What would you recommend to others who want to be fit and healthy?

Fit and Healthy is about being STRONG. Strong in your heart, mind, soul, and lifestyle choices. It is making the healthy decision when everyone else is doing the opposite. It is about being strong enough to be your own person and OWN your lifestyle.

How does fitness positively influence your life?

Not only is it my avenue for stress relief but it allows me time every day to do something good for myself. I often forget that quality of life starts with me taking ownership of my own health; physically, mentally, and emotionally. I have to be healthy and strong if I am going to support others. Fitness also reminds me that the only thing that can stop me from succeeding in life is ME. It reminds me that every “hard” time can be defeated with perseverance and passion.

If you were the next Ms Health and Fitness, what would you do with $20,000?

I would utilize it for financial health and then also give a portion to a non profit organization in my community that focuses on mentorhsip, nutrition, and healthy habits. Having the ability give back to a community that has given me so much is a privilege and I would love the opportunity to promote health and fitness in a state with one of the highest obesity rates in the United States.