Valorie Annunziata

Someone once called me a pit bull. Said I have the outside attitude of passion and fire but the insides of a soft bowl of marshmallows.

Placed 16th

in her group

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

Just get started! Get off the couch, find a coach, drive to the gym... whatever it takes just get going and keep going. There are going to be challenges and victories. This is a decision you make for life. Set a goal and then design your path to get there. The biggest thing is that you JUST GET STARTED!

How does fitness positively influence your life?

I have always been athletic. After college soccer I took a break from activity. Without realizing it I slipped into a very dark place and was diagnosed with panic attacks. After 8 years of suffering and feeling ready to give up I finally started focusing on my physical health. It wasn’t therapy, it wasn’t medication, it was fitness that cured me. I never want to see anyone experience what I have so I make it my goal to spread the word and help as may people as I can.

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

First thing i would do is book a trip to Italy! That’s my dream. Then I would use most of the money to help build my fitness business. That means more education, branding and marketing and save the rest to buy a house.