Shanelle Gabriel

Laughing, lifting, loving life while battling Lupus. Host of a wellness podcast hoping to help people of color re-imagine ”healthy.&r

Placed 33rd

in northeast group six

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

Make sure that your definition of fit and healthy are YOUR OWN! Too many people let others define their fitness walk based on the stereotypes of health (skinny, certain pants sizes, dietary restrictions, etc). Maybe healthy for you is a size 14 or a plant-based diet (not vegan), or maybe it's being able to walk up a flight of stairs without being winded. Everyone is genetically different, and at 30-plus, we can't keep chasing our 23 year old body. Also, set goals for yourself.

How does fitness positively influence your life?

As a kid, something about knowing I could physically do something "better than boys can" was thrilling; I was able to challenge the belief that girls were weak and was in charge of my body. However, my control was challenged when I was diagnosed with lupus in 2004. As I learned how to manage my symptoms, fitness became a way that I could gain control. Through lifting, I could avoid the osteoporosis that my meds cause. Yoga helped my joints not to ache as much. I want to inspire others

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

I would take part of it to invest and grow my health & fitness podcast. I want to host free fitness conferences in a few major cities where low-income community members could take more than just the traditional bootcamp classes, but be able to try TRX, trampoline, spin classes, pole dancing, etc, exposing them to other fun ways to stay fit since so many don't have access to and don't even know these options exist. There would also be health screenings and panels on nutrition.