Kara McIver

CrossFit athlete, Master's Dietetics student, pitbull mom, outdoor enthusiast.

Placed 23rd

in her group

Ms. Health and Fitness and Jared Allen's Homes for Wounded Warriors would like to thank Kara McIver and her voters for helping us donate to our injured United States military veterans!

What would you recommend to others who want to be fit and healthy?

Find a diet, an exercise routine and a supportive community you can stick with for the long haul. Nothing worth having comes quickly.

How does fitness positively influence your life?

The fitness I found through CrossFit helped me changed my life. It encouraged me to learn about using food as fuel, as medicine and as a career. Fitness gave me the motivation and determination to leave a job I hated and prepare me for the exhausting workload of graduate school. And fitness gave me confidence in what my body could do, not just how it looked, and a group of lifelong friends who I can be my full self with.

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

If I were named the next Ms. Health & Fitness, I would use the $20,000 to pay for my Master's degree and board certification in Dietetics.