Grace Amadon

As a retired contact sports athlete, I'm fighting for fitness in the same ways you are. Let's lift heavy, let's get sweaty, LET'S GET FIT.

Placed 22nd

in midwest group eight

Ms. Health and Fitness and Jared Allen's Homes for Wounded Warriors would like to thank Grace Amadon 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?

Stop focusing on the scale & the calendar. So often, people go on extreme diets & enroll in "4 week challenges" expecting to drop 30+ pounds in the same amount of time it takes to BEGIN to develop a habit. When you drop the idea of needing a timeline, you drop the extreme pressure that may cause you to plateau. When you drop the idea that the only way to be fit is to watch the number on the scale decrease, you gain so much power (and definition) in your own skin.

How does fitness positively influence your life?

So much more than a time to burn calories, fitness has given me the chance to overcome adversity, battle injury & defy odds thrown my way. Through fitness, I breathe easy knowing what I am capable of: fitness brought me serenity after a head injury, strength through mental turmoil & confidence that I have never seen in myself before. Fitness is not a chore - it is a pastime that has shown me love when I didn't feel it, passion when I didn't believe it, and growth when I didn't see it.

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

Fitness saved me from a world of fear after injury changed my life. As Ms Health & Fitness, $20,000 would allow me to finish my education at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, a Big Ten school with state of the art centers for brain research. After suffering a head injury myself, I am passionate about the human brain and it's elasticity to regain strength. My goal is to earn my Ph.D. in Neuropsychology to research /treat traumatic brain injury and impaired neural connectivity.