Melanie Hollis

I’m 50 & am called mom by 2 amazing kiddos who have Down syndrome. Being fit keeps me strong for them!

Placed 11th

in south group seven

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

Fitness is more mental than physical, so if you can overcome all the excuses your mind gives about why you shouldn’t bother with a health and fitness routine, you’ll win the battle. Make a plan and follow through, taking it one day at a time. That’s the key.

How does fitness positively influence your life?

At age 50, I looked at my kiddos who are daily overcoming the challenges of Down syndrome, and I realized I need to do all I can to be around for them for the long haul. Fitness has provided a peace of mind that I can’t describe. I have more energy, my mood is happier, & I’m stronger mentally and physically. Fitness is life to me.

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

Half of the money would go to 12 year old Kaylee Henderson, to make her home handicap accessible. Right now her mom has to carry her, because her wheelchair doesn’t fit through their mobile home ... The other half of the money would go to the Trousdale School for adults who have intellectual disabilities ... toward the much needed building of a residential center. Many of my best buddies attend this school and need the accommodation.