Rates of obesity are higher among lesbian and bisexual women, as are the associated negative health outcomes. There may be many reasons for this trend, but there is a startling lack of research available. With this in mind, Out, Proud and Healthy was excited to launch a new research project beginning in 2013 that focused on health and fitness among lesbian and bisexual identified women over 40.

The project connected lesbian and bisexual women in St. Louis and Columbia with a variety of health resources in an effort to encourage healthy eating and physical activity in these communities. Knowing what works, we may be able to implement resources and programs across the state that can lead to healthier, longer lives for queer women in Missouri!



Check out our Project LOLA information page for more information. 

If you have other questions about the project contact us at opah@missouri.edu or 1-855-765-5223.

Board Members


Diane Booth
Peg Craig, Squarepeg Pottery
Mary Cruise, Columbia Tai Chi
Ellen Dugger
Barbara Hoppe, 6th Ward Councilwoman
Stacia Reilly, Columbia/Boone County Public Health & Human Services
Mandy Schick, Schick Training, Anytime Fitness
Stacy Snow, Mizzou Online


Marcia Daab, SAGE Metro St. Louis
Nancy Fowler, Nancy Fowler Journalism PR
Wendy Markum, TAV Consulting
Jeanette Mott-Oxford, Missouri Association for Social Welfare
Audrey Pearson, In The Lyfe STL
Carol Robinson, University of Missouri – St. Louis
Staci Stift, Vital Voice, Absolutli Goosed

Community Partners

Beth Hair, NORC at the University of Chicago
Catherine Jefcoat, Catherine Jefcoat Consulting
Tom LaFontaine, Optimus: The Center for Health
Justin Thacker, The Lab Gym
Ashley Nanney, Feed Your Vitality
Sarah Mitchell, The Center Project
Sherrill Wayland, SAGE Metro St. Louis