Emelina Edwards – People’s Health Champion

WWL TV Interview – Seniors share their secret to looking great at 70

Meg Farris /Eyewitness News – 3/25/2011

NEW ORLEANS — You might not believe your eyes when you see the people in their 70s fit, toned and looking decades younger in revealing clothes. In fact, some say they look as though they have found the fountain of youth.

So what is the secret to their extraordinary health?

A New Orleans woman used to weigh 140. Now she’s at 115 pounds.

A Metairie man trimmed his 38-inch waist to 30 inches.

The two have something in common. They decided to start weightlifting more than 20 years ago. Today, they defy stereotypes of senior citizens.

‘I just made 70, January the 8th,’ said Emelina Edwards (See her blog) with a huge smile on her face.

After a second divorce, Edwards became a single mother of two, with no job, and fell into a depression. That’s when she decided getting healthy was a place to start.

‘When I turned to the side, my stomach came out farther than my chest,’ she said, laughing. ‘And I thought, I have to do something.’

Getting fit became her career. Today she is a personal trainer, is working on a book, writes fitness articles, speaks to conventions, and has created a video, cookbook and motivational publication.

‘I have never felt better,’ Edwards said. ‘I’m stronger. I’m happier. I am just passionate about what I do more than I was, even 10 years ago.’

Bob Gale is 73 and says even though he coached high school athletics and did some exercise, his life changed when he starting building muscle by weight lifting.

‘My weight dropped. I lost about 35 pounds, and my endurance, and I’m living. I’m living a good life because I feel healthy,’ said Gale.

The chief of geriatrics at LSU Health Sciences Center, Dr. Charles Cefalu, said studies show the commitment Gale and Edwards made to work out and eat a diet of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and fish, will change their futures.

Their lifestyle will boost brain, heart, lung, muscle and even skin function. The immune system will be stronger, fighting off infections and even cancer cells. They will be less likely to fall, get osteoporosis and even slow down arthritis and Alzheimer’s. There will be better control of blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes, and they will be less likely to go in to a nursing home.

‘You’d see a leaner population which is going to have a better quality of life, less infections, less risk of pneumonia, less risk of urinary tract infections, less risk of depression, and when you tie in depression, then you have stroke and heart attack and other complications,’ explained Dr. Cefalu.

In fact, Dr. Cefalu said the more you exercise, the less you’ll notice the aging process.

Oh, and the name of Edwards’ new book?

‘Well, it’s titled, ‘Seventy, the new 40,’ ‘ she laughs.

Local doctors say a lot of the chronic illness they see in the senior population here could have been avoided by living a more healthful lifestyle, such as not smoking, keeping a normal weight and exercising.

And by the way, Edwards stopped sun bathing in high school, which doctors say keeps your skin from photo-aging.

To contact Emelina B. Edwards her e-mail is:

Maria Muno interviews Emelina Edwards

Maria Muno of WLAE interviews Emelina Edwards about her book, Forever Fit and Fabulous: A Guide to Health and Vigor — Even At 70 and Beyond! and Emelina’s healthy lifestyle philosophy.

70 Year Olds Offer Secret To Good Health « CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

A picture of 70 year old Emelina Edwards. (credit:

NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – A North Texas man and woman are both the picture of health and wellness. Some would even say the senior citizens look as if they’ve found the fountain of youth.

Emelina Edwards used to weigh 140 pounds. Now the scales even out at 115. And Bob Gale trimmed his 38-inch waist to just 30 inches.

The pair has something in common – both decided to start weightlifting more than 20 years ago. Now they defy most of the stereotypes associated with senior citizens. “I just made 70 [years old] January the 8th,” explained Emelina.

After a second divorce Emelina was a single mother of two. With parenting pressures and no job she says she became depressed. To combat the problem, Emelina decided that getting healthy was a good place to begin healing.

“When I turned to the side my stomach came out farther than my chest,” she said laughing. “I thought ‘I have to do something’.”

Getting fit became Emelina’s career. Today she is a personal trainer, is working on a book and writes fitness articles.

Bob Gale is 73 years old but says it was decades before he really became health conscious. “I have never felt better. I’m stronger, I’m happier, I am just passionate about what I do more than I was even 10 years ago,” he explained.

Bob says even though he coached high school athletics and did some exercise earlier in his life, everything changed when he started building muscle by lifting weights. “My weight dropped. I lost about 35 pounds. I’m living a good life because I feel healthy.”

Studies show the commitment Bob and Emelina made to work out and eat properly changes lives.

With a healthy lifestyle the immune system of senior citizens is stronger. They’re likelihood to fall, get osteoporosis, arthritis or Alzheimer’s also decreases. The results could mean that many won’t have to spend their final years in a nursing home.

Emelina’s new book, “70 the New 40”, is in production and is expected to be available alter this year.

Louisiana Life Magazine – July 2012

WGNO – News with A Twist

Kenny Lopez interviews Emelina Edwards for News with A Twist on WGNO TV — 71-Year Old Grandma Feels She’s Found The “Fountain Of Youth”

Kenny Lopez WGNO NEWS – 4:46 p.m. CDT, May 11, 2012
NEW ORLEANS— When you look at Emelina Edwards, you’ll never guess her age.

“If I can feel this good at 71 and look this good at 71, I know when I’m 75 and 80 I can look even better,” Edwards said.

Edwards is a grandmother of three kids. She’s not your typical grandma because she’s a personal trainer. She helps others workout in her Uptown home studio.

For generations people have been searching for the Fountain of Youth. She feels she’s found it.

“It’s muscle. The single most important key to the Fountain of Youth is muscle. Muscles are responsible for the vitality of our whole body,” she said.

She works out for an hour daily and eats mainly vegetables. Another aspect to her youthful regime is cleansing her mind through meditation to eliminate stress.

“Meditation has helped me to see things more clearly to stop being reactive and being more proactive,” she said.

Edwards wants others to be inspired by how great she feels and looks at 71 years old. Emelina’s advice can be found in her book, “Forever Fit and Fabulous: A Guide To Health and Vigor-Even at 70 and Beyond.” Her book can be found on and Barnes & Noble.

Emelina’s not afraid of getting older because she feels forever young.

“We are not victims of aging. The body simply responds to the decisions we make. I know when I’m 100 I will be in just as good of health as I am today,” she energetically said.

For more information on how you can be forever fit and fabulous, Emelina can be reached at