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Health & Fitness: Reader success stories

New Year’s resolutions often focus on health, especially weight loss, but keeping them beyond the beginning of the year can be hard. In our Health & Fitness section, you’ll find stories from real people who are working to maintain a fit weight, plus learn about ways to improve your health — both physical and mental — that go far beyond a number on a scale.

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Health & Fitness: Health Initiative focuses on women’s needs

Founded in 1996, the Atlanta Lesbian Health Initiative is the only non-profit organization in the Southeast that is exclusively committed to lesbians, their partners and families. Originally called the Atlanta Lesbian Cancer Initiative, the agency has expanded its focus. It now features support groups for issues like cancer, domestic violence and acting as a caregiver for a sick or elderly loved one; Weight Watchers; an online health assessment; a directory of LGBT supportive physicians; the Lesbian Health Fund; and more.

“The Health Initiative has broadened our focus through the years in response to our community’s shifting needs,” says ALHI Executive Director Linda Ellis. “One important addition has been our Health Fund, through which we can now help cover basic screenings and healthcare for uninsured members of Atlanta’s LGBT community.”

The Weight Watchers support group meets every Saturday.