Ernestine Shepherd

Guest Speaker – 2018 Healthy Churches 2020 Best Practice Awards Dinner

Ernestine “Ernie” Shepherd

Ernestine “Ernie” Shepherd, at age 82, is a personal trainer, a professional model, a competitive bodybuilder and happier and more fulfilled than she’s ever been in her life. In her youth, Ernestine is said to have been a “prissy” girl with little interest in athletics or exercise of any kind. As a 56-year-old she was a sedentary, well-padded school secretary and “slug” who had never worked out a day in her life. The obvious question is: What happened to transform Ernestine into a role model for the rest of us, and senior women in particular?

Ernestine and her trainer Yohnnie Shambourger (former Mr. Universe) will answer this question when Ernestine shares her story at the Health Churches Best Practice Awards dinner on Thursday eveningNovember 15.

Ms. Shepherd who currently strength trains four or more days a week, is having the time of her life at an age when many folks only see themselves as declining and getting old. She’s in the best shape of her life by far, more successful than she’s ever been and a supreme role model to senior women everywhere and to the rest of us, too. She has a lot to teach us about thriving at any age — if we are ready and open to learn. Meet Ms. Shepherd in person at the UnitedHealthcare “A Better You” booth in the Magnolia Ballroom and the Medicare workshop on Thursday afternoon.