Shaneeka Harmonson

OT, Army vet, avid lover of health & fitness. My mantra in all things“work hard in silence, let success make the noise."

Placed 7th

in her group

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

Realize that it takes time and consistency with nutrition and training to see real changes in your physique. At ALL cost avoid quick fixes and crash dieting, both of which can ruin your body in the long run. Also realize that everyone’s bodies are different, find what works for YOU and stick with it. Lastly, if you find that you are having a hard time, hire a reputable coach who will keep you accountable. This has been invaluable to me.

How does fitness positively influence your life?

Fitness has instilled discipline and ambition in me. It also has provided me with an outlet where I can escape the outside world, be in my zone, and focus on bettering myself one day at a time. What started started as something that was necessary while in the military has transformed into a passion. Fitness has truly helped me be confident in my own skin which as a woman has been invaluable.

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

Given how hard I work- I work FT at the VA hospital and a per diem job, I would award myself with a vacation. But outside of that I would donate a portion to special Olympics- my brother who has an intellectual disability participates in this yearly and unfortunately over the last few years more and more money has been strapped from the program. Lastly, I would save a portion and use the rest as a start-up for my dream clinic which will provide therapy and training services.