Maria Cuaresma

Athletic since 2 years old, my dad and brothers influenced me to be fierce. Cross country, basketball, cheerleading,bodybuilding,my passion.

Placed 31st

in south group eleven

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

Being healthy and fit starts from the inside. Know you are worthy, strong and beautiful enough to accomplish anything. Start with goals and go from there.

How does fitness positively influence your life?

Fitness has opened up new doors for me including inspiring others to believe in themselves. It has gotten me through some challenges in life which allowed me to be stronger and more positive. I train my kids to be better athletes but also ❤ helping out with Special Olympics which is near and dear to my heart. At the end of the day, its not about me, it's about inspiring others to believe that no matter what age or condition you're in, there are seeds of greatness in everyone.

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

As Ms. Health and Fitness, I would start an exercise foundation for people with disabilities that would incorporate training, exercise programs, and sponsored events. Exercise is a great outlet for people with disabilities as well as socialization aspects. In addition, put some money in my kids college fund!