This program was created by sexual minority women for sexual minority women and requires a 1.5 hour commitment every week for 12 weeks. The group will be limited to 15 women-the first 15 women who meet criteria for participation will be invited to participate. These criteria include: identifying as a sexual minority woman (e.g. lesbian, bisexual, queer, 2-spirited, gay); at least 18 years old; a DC resident ; having a Body Mass Index over 27 (at least 15 pounds overweight); the ability to communicate in English; and having access to health insurance and a primary healthcare provider.
The enrollment process involves filling out three surveys, being weighed and measuring your muscle/fat ratio using a bathroom-type scale.
The start date for this cycle of MOVE is October 4, 2012. The enrollment process is anticipated to take 30 - 45 minutes. There is NO COST for participation. You will receive a FREE 4-month membership to Washington Sports Clubs.
The weight loss program (called MOVE - Making Our Vitality Evident!) requires participants to keep a food journal, to participate in a purposeful movement activity on a regular basis and offers an opportunity to openly discuss issues related to weight. It is restricted to women who identify as a sexual minority to ensure a safe space for addressing issues that may be specific to their lives. This is one of several pilot studies of a larger program, so there is also an opportunity to help improve the program.
Please contact D Magrini at 202.332.5536 or DMagrini@mautnerproject.org to inquire about enrolling in the study.
You may also download our Obesity Report to find out more about obesity in the lesbian community.
This group is being funded by the District of Columbia Department of Health.