COLUMBIA, Mo. — A group of about 160 lesbian and bi women in St. Louis and Columbia, Mo., who are 40 and up are working on a 16-week health program to get healthy and close a health disparity gap as part of a study, the Columbia Heart Beat, a digital news service in the region, reports.
It’s one of five such projects happening around the country. Missouri’s is the only one occurring in a smaller community. Project LOLA is a federally sponsored joint effort between the University of Missouri and the University of Chicago.
The four-month program breaks women into different groups that participate in health education, physical fitness with a trainer, support group sessions, nutrition workshops and more.
Various studies have shown lesbian and bi women suffer higher rates of obesity, heart disease and breast cancer than straight women. Some studies have found obesity rates as much as 20 percent higher among queer women.