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Friends becoming healthier together.

SHE Program Overview The SHE program is designed to last 12 weeks and be bookended with check-ins to provide participants with a sense of their health before and after participation. The program includes weekly, hour-long group sessions addressing physical activity and nutrition in the older female population. The classes are held in a location and space identified with LGBT communities. Ideally, the group sessions include about 20 participants. Individuals eligible for the SHE program should meet the following criteria: ► Self-identified lesbian or bisexual woman ► Self-reported as overweight or obese ► 40 years and older (more targeted programs may also be appropriate; for example, 60 years and older) It is recommended to find culturally competent, female facilitators who are members or advocates of the lesbian and bisexual (LB) communities. At least one facilitator should have prior experience in leading support groups and making educational presentations, and at least one facilitator should have prior experience in a fitness-related field. The facilitators should be comfortable with discussing the topics addressed in the curriculum. It is recommended that the facilitator(s) be aware of current research on obesity and in women’s health, especially as it relates to older and/or LB women, including disparate rates of obesity and being overweight in this population, potential reasons contributing to these rates, and potential barriers this population encounters in maintaining a healthy weight. To ensure robust participation, it is worthwhile to incentivize prospective SHE participants to get involved in the program. In the pilot of the SHE program, facilitators found monetary incentives and gifts to be strong motivators to participate. All participants received $10 gift cards to a local grocery store that sold healthy food items (a great tie-in to the program’s goals!) and for each week participants attended SHE on time with their step logs complete, they received one raffle ticket. At the end of the program, one raffle ticket was selected and its owner was awarded a $250 gift card to the store. Additionally, participants received t-shirts and fanny packs bearing the SHE logo, and were allowed to keep their pedometer.

Session Topics Session Heading

Topical Discussion

Prior to Program

 Pre-SHE Check-in  Distribute Goals and Barriers form

Session 1

 Orientation

Session 2

 Exercising: fun facts, proper form, and more

Session 3

 Goal setting  Coping strategies for things that may thwart weight loss/exercise efforts

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