Melanie Dufour

Retired RCMP officer, PTSD survivor, turned lifestyle entrepreneur. Using fitness to prove self care is health care.

Placed 3rd

in the semi-finals

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

Start with your mindset. Have a clear goal, know what you want to feel and look like, define your 'why' and you're halfway there! Without a clear vision, it's too easy to get sidetracked and make the wrong choices. Being fit and healthy is so much more than what you put in your body and how you strengthen it. It's mostly about what you think about, your belief system, the way you feel about yourself, and your level of happiness. Our real power lies in the choices we make.

How does fitness positively influence your life?

Successfully rising above the mental challenges of post-traumatic stress disorder PTSD, and the physical challenges of a complete hip replacement has made me extremely passionate about health and wellness. Fitness strengthened my body and mostly my mind, leading me to believe in my own power to heal by simply being disciplined and making the right choices. There is also something to be said about fitness helping in aging gracefully. Now 43, I feel better about myself now than in my younger days.

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

I used my experiences to create The Recovery Studio, a place offering a variety of unique recovery methods specializing in treatments aimed to help with athletic recovery, stress management and weight loss (floating tank, infrared light + compression therapy, NuCalm system). It allows everyday recovery for everyday people with access to technology that was once reserved only for high-end professional athletes. I would use the money to add recovery modalities + value to the clients' experience.