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Session 3: Group Share Group Discussion Lesbian women have a higher prevalence of being overweight and obese than all other female sexual orientation groups, with the highest rates occurring among lesbian women of color.27 There are a number of barriers to improving one’s weight and overall fitness (including physical activity and nutrition), including general barriers (e.g., time) and LB woman-specific barriers (e.g., lack of “out” lesbians in physical activity opportunities). It is important that program participants are equipped to deal with as many of these barriers as possible. The SHE fitness program is tailored specifically to older lesbian and bisexual women to remove some of the fitness barriers specific to this population. A major goal of the program is create a safe and nurturing environment within which lesbian and bisexual women are comfortable being themselves. Additionally, “Coping Mechanisms for Barriers to Becoming Healthier” addresses the more common barriers women face. Use this document to facilitate the group discussion, going through each barrier. Ask participants if they have other ideas for coping strategies.

My Health is A Priority.

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Cochran, S, Mays, V, et al (2001). Cancer-related risk indicators and preventive screening behaviors among lesbians and bisexual women. American Journal of Public Health. 43(1):75-92

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

The SHE Facilitator Guide provides information on the Strong, Healthy, Energized (SHE), a facilitator-led, group-based health and fitness pr...

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

The SHE Facilitator Guide provides information on the Strong, Healthy, Energized (SHE), a facilitator-led, group-based health and fitness pr...

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