Maria Probasco

Elementary teacher turned healthy-lifestyle teacher educating others on how to live a happy, fit, & BALANCED life & leading by examp

Placed 11th

in northeast group four

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

Start by setting goals- both long & short. Set tangible, realistic goals that can be broken down into smaller, achievable goals. Create an action plan & STICK TO IT. You're going to fall off here and there, it happens, the key is not letting it keep you down. If you fall off, get back up and keep going- 1 step back, 5 steps forward. Lastly, remember that your body is not Amazon Prime! Good things TAKE TIME, you can't achieve your goals within 1-2 business days ;)

How does fitness positively influence your life?

I think the coolest thing about fitness being such a driving force in my life is the positive, second-hand effect it has on those around me. My passion for fitness has not just benefitted me internally and externally, but it has allowed me to positively influence friends, family, co-workers, and even strangers! Fitness has allowed me to help myself and others, and that is hands-down one of the best, most positive aspects of having fitness in my life. (see:

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

I would start by using a portion of the money to donate to some of my favorite nonprofit organizations specializing in before/after school physical education & nutrition programs for children. As well, I would use a portion to expand my knowledge and skills in the health & fitness world by pursuing more nationally accredited certifications. Lastly, I would set aside a chunk to put towards gym equipment for my dream of opening a home gym to train my clients in!