Hi! I'm Michele, from Michigan. Words that describe me: Dedicated, determined, healthy, and strong.

Placed 15th

in her group

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

When it comes to exercise start out slow, do only what you can do, and most important listen to your body. In regard to diet , eat well balanced meals. Including protein, vegetables, and carbohydrates. Take your research from reputable sources.

How does fitness positively influence your life?

I have more energy for whatever the day brings, whether it's work or play. Mental clarity is an unexpected bonus. No matter the obstacles life puts in front of me, I know a fit and healthy lifestyle is the foundation to getting through, over, or around it.

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

A portion would go toward my children's college education. While some will go into my retirement account. I'd like to pay off some bills. Anything left would go toward expanding my home gym.