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Goal-Setting As discussed in session 3, individual goal-setting can be a great way to increase a participant’s success in the SHE program. Setting (and meeting) realistic goals can increase a participant’s self-efficacy (her belief and conviction that she can successfully perform a given activity), which will directly affect program experience and adherence. For example, research has shown that exercise self-efficacy is an important predictor of the adoption and maintenance of exercise behaviors, and as noted in the article above, this appears to be the case with healthy eating as well. It is important to remind yourself of your goals, revisit them, and revise them as appropriate. For example, as you’ve embarked in the SHE program, you may have determined that your goals were too general. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identified five steps in improving a healthy lifestyle and losing weight:71 1. Make a commitment 2. Take stock of where you are 3. Set realistic goals 4. Identify resources for information and support 5. Continually “check in” with yourself to monitor your progress For step #5, the CDC recommends that you evaluate your progress regularly. For example, if you wanted to go on a walk every morning but haven’t been doing that – identify a better time of day. Or if you are consistently achieving one goal, develop a new goal – perhaps one that is more challenging to achieve. And as always, reward yourself for your progress! Identify some nonfood rewards like a spa day, a new pair of shoes, or seeing a movie to keep yourself motivated. Group Activity: Focusing on the CDC’s fifth step (noted in the text), have participants “check-in” on themselves. Divide participants into small groups of 4-5 to discuss their goal progress. Have them review their Session 3 “Short-term Goals” and “Long-term Goals” in their groups and discuss their progress and any new or updated goals.

Facilitator Prompts: Some short-term goals may have been too “big” or general. Are there any short-term goals that you’d like to revise to be more specific, realistic, and forgiving? What short-term goals have you started to meet consistently? Revise these to make them more challenging. Have your long-term goals changed over the last few weeks? If so, how and why?

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SHE (Strong. Healthy. Energized.) Facilitator's Guide  

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