Creating Healthy Youth
The World Health Organization defines health as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”
That is why at Prevention Plus Wellness our one-of-a-kind programs link substance use prevention with healthy behavior promotion to address multiple factors associated with improving healthy lifestyles.
These unique interventions are designed to improve physical, mental and even spiritual well-being of young people by connecting positive health habits and images with avoiding risky alcohol, tobacco, marijuana and other drug use.
In addition, our brief motivational program format permits a cost-effective and practical approach for improving the whole health of youth and young adults in any setting.
Drug Use Prevention with Fitness and Health Promotion
Prevention Plus Wellness, LLC (formerly briefhealthprograms.com) provides the only federally-registered evidence-based programs which address multiple co-occurring health risks among youth. These programs integrate alcohol, tobacco, marijuana and other drug use prevention with the promotion of healthy behaviors, including participating in sports and physical activities, eating healthy, getting adequate sleep, and controlling stress. One of our programs also addresses increasing spiritual practices.
Our programs are being implemented by prevention and health specialists in 25 states in the US and abroad, in schools, youth organizations, summer camps, sports and recreation leagues, health clinics, homes, faith-based organizations and others.
The Youth Epidemic of Multiple Health Risks
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, 2014) recently reported that millions of American youth experience key risk behaviors know to harm their physical and mental health. In fact, research (Fox et al., 2010) indicates that the majority of US youth (53%) experience two or more co-existing risk behaviors, and over a third (36%) three or more risk behaviors.
Solving the national epidemic of multiple health risks among youth requires using programs that integrate substance use prevention with health and fitness promoting behaviors. Prevention Plus Wellness provides tailored, holistic programs which address substance use and chronic disease risk behaviors in a single intervention and setting, to cost-effectively improve the “whole health” of youth.
Evidence-based Integrated Prevention Plus Wellness Programs
Each of our integrated prevention with wellness programs is founded upon the evidence-based Behavior-Image Model which uses positive images of youth to connect the avoidance of substance use with increasing health and fitness promoting habits. In addition, all of our interventions use the proven SFGF practices model of Screening, Feedback, Goal-setting and Follow-up to provide single-session and other brief motivational interventions designed specifically for young people.
Our brief, integrated multiple health behavior programs and services include:
- SPORT© Prevention Plus Wellness a single session one-on-one or group program with parent materials for children and adolescents.
- InShape© Prevention Plus Wellness a single session one-on-one or group program for college-aged young adults.
- Motivational Coaching Program (MCP)© a 6-session one-on-one prevention with wellness program for youth.
- In God’s Image (IGI)© a 3-session one-on-one program integrating physical, spiritual and mental health for youth in faith-based settings.
- Training including recorded and live online and on-site webinars and workshops for implementers and trainers.
- Grant Writing and Evaluation to fund your prevention and health programs, and evaluate their outcomes.
“Our staff found SPORT Prevention Plus Wellness easy to use and very entertaining for youth. I recommend this program for anyone working with youth who wants to address multiple issues connected to choosing and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.”
Debra McKenzie., Senior Vice President, Associated Youth Services, Kansas City, KS
“The SPORT lesson is so well laid out and easy to implement that our staff are appreciative of all they can do for our kids in the limited time we have with them! We plan to continue the program next year and are even considering expanding it to other sites once we have secured funding!”
Jessica Baxter, Director of Operations, Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Wyoming, Casper, WY
“While SPORT is a universal program, it allows counselors to “pre-screen” and identify students who may require other services. SPORT is a cost effective, evidence based program that is easy to use and compliments our other services. The ongoing support from the developer is a plus!”
Christine Cavallucci, LCSW, Director of Clinical Services, ADAPP, New York, NY
Prevention Plus Wellness Benefits
Watch the brief video below to learn about the many benefits of choosing Prevention Plus Wellness programs for your youth and young adults.