Polly Launay

I am a ultramarathon trail runner (50 and 100 miles). I've ran at least 55 road marathons including the Boston Marathon 3 times.

Placed 9th

in her group

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

Don't "diet" or go on "fad diets". Eat in moderation and exercise daily. Eat less sugar and more protein, vegetables, and fruit. Don't look at food as bad, but as fuel for the body. The scale isn't always a true measure of your size, fitness, or beauty. Your weight is only a number. Don't live your life by the scale. Beauty comes in all shapes and sizes.

How does fitness positively influence your life?

It makes me feel accomplished. When I try to live healthy, it spills over into all facets of my life and makes me feel good about myself. I'm physically able to do more and experience life more when I feel good.

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

I would pay off some debt. I would also finally have some extra money to enter some races that I haven't been able to afford.