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2017/08/10

  A 2017 study published in Addiction Research & Theory examined the influence of college athletes’ perceptions of coaches on their alcohol consumption. Results indicated that student athletes that perceived their head coaches as having higher concerned communication and lower conditional leniency related to athlete alcohol use was associated with less student alcohol consumption. The […]

2017/08/09

  A new report from the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse and Addiction examined research on youth sports participation and substance use, as well as gaps in the research and future implications. Among the implications for programs and practices cited in the report were the following: Have peers deliver the intervention (i.e., leverage team mates […]

2017/08/03

  Research shows that youth participating in school sports are at greater risk for using alcohol and marijuana: http://preventionpluswellness.com/can-sports-prevent-youth-substance-use/. That’s why we offer the evidence-based SPORT Prevention Plus Wellness (PPW) program that integrates effective substance use prevention with fitness, sports and health promotion. Randomized trials have shown the single-session SPORT PPW program prevents youth alcohol, tobacco […]

2017/08/02

  Coaches, teachers, parents and healthcare providers play a critical role in in the development of active and healthy lifestyles of teens.  These lifestyles, in turn, enhance youth performance and success in sports, school, career and life. What are the building blocks of an active, healthy and high-performance youth lifestyle?  They consist of key behaviors […]

2017/07/17

  Prevention Plus Wellness, LLC provides evidence-based and evidence-informed programs, campaigns and parent tools that can be used as universal, selective and indicated substance use prevention strategies that also promote physically active and healthy lifestyles among youth and adults.   Universal prevention refers to approaches designed for an entire population without regard to individual risk […]

2017/07/15

  The most effective way to prevent substance use and promote active and healthy lifestyles among youth and young adults is to implement an evidence-based program that has been shown to successfully integrate prevention with fitness. There are two programs listed on the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) that are proven to […]

2017/07/12

  In a previous article titled: The Role of Sport and Physical Activity in Preventing Substance Use, I reviewed research on links between youth participation in sports and physical activity and substance use, as well as studies evaluating the efficacy of physical activity-related interventions on youth substance use. Since this was a very popular post, […]

2017/06/14

Below are three new studies examining the role of screening and brief intervention for preventing and reducing substance use. The first study published in Alcohol and Alcoholism consisted of a systematic review of guidelines on managing patients with harmful alcohol use in primary care. The author’s concluded that policy makers and healthcare providers implement screening […]

2017/06/12

An article published in Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking investigated the role of online social identity in the relationship between adolescent exposure to alcohol-related content posted by peers on social networking sites and alcohol use. The study found that higher levels of exposure to alcohol-related content on social networking sites was associated with higher levels […]

2017/03/27

  The National Health Education Standards (NHES) were created to establish, promote and support health-enhancing behaviors for students in all grade levels.    The NHES are written expectations for what students should know and can do to promote personal, family and community health.   All the evidence-based and evidence-informed substance use prevention programs at Prevention […]


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