Queen Latifah on Staying Fit, Fabulous and Philanthropic at (Almost) 40

02/03/2010 at 05:45 PM ET

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Queen Latifah is turning 40 in March — not that she’s focused on the numbers. “To me as long as you’re young at heart, it really doesn’t matter how old you are,” Latifah tells PEOPLE. “To me, age is really how you feel on the inside.” But with time, she has learned valuable health lessons that she wishes she’d practiced earlier. “I wish I had known more about nutrition and exercise and how really good it could affect you at a younger age. Then I would have kicked it up a lot sooner,” says the Jenny Craig spokesperson, who has kept off the 20-plus pounds she shed using the weight-loss program for almost three years. Nutrition is key: “I don’t really diet. I kind of keep everything in moderation, exercise and eat right. I eat a lot of vegetables and lean meats, and I drink a whole lot of water,” Latifah says, before admitting her weakness: “Mac and cheese…I gotta have it!” Beyond her dedication to staying healthy, the star is also committed to the Haitian relief effort, co-hosting the BET Network’s “SOS Saving Ourselves — Help for Haiti” telethon with Diddy and Pharrell, airing this Friday, February 5 on BET, Centric, MTV and VH1 at 8 P.M. EST. The Procter & Gamble- and Pepsi-sponsored event will benefit charities including Wyclef Jean’s Yéle Haiti. Latifah also hopes to give on a more personal level by building orphanages, and possibly even adopting: “I would love to, but it’s going to take some time because things are in a bit of disarray down there. That is definitely something I would try to do. There are a lot of kids who are in need of a good home now, and I definitely think I can provide that.” -Arnesa A. Howell

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SusiQ on

Lots of comments as to “is she too fat/is she not”. My personal take is if you’re getting diet and/or nutrition advice from a message board on People website, your weight’s not your only problem!!

Teriqua Jones on

I love her! Unfortunately this is the only picture I have ever seen of her when she isn’t smiling. She’s allowed to be any size she wants, but her talent will always be larger than she is. She’s using her talent to help the people in Haiti; this makes her a Humanitarian.
Weng Foo your name seems Asian. Which would explain a lot about your anger. I bet she doesn’t go shopping at the local animal shelter for her dinner. Most Asian people eat too much rotten filth to gain weight. Road kill filled with worms will keep you thin. Please go away, the rest of us like her.

Mary on

Teriqua, that has to be one of the most RACIST things I’ve ever read on this blog. Asians are angry and thin because they eat roadkill? As an Asian, I find this extremely offensive. While I agree that Weng Foo’s comments are bit idiotic (I think Queen Latifah looks good), yours are much worse. I suggest you take you and your racist diatribe off this website.

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I heard that she was using VirtualGym TV to help stay in shape….

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Healthy weight is easy to maintain, just watch your diet and always exercise.”.’

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healthy weight may not be achieved easily if you are very lazy to exercise~**

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