InShape Prevention Plus Wellness Program Associated with Improved Substance Abuse and Health Indicators Among Young Adults


Prevention Plus Wellness recently partnered with a US Air Force Base to implement the InShape Prevention Plus Wellness (PPW) program to small groups of their Airmen. 

Identical surveys were collected before and after the single-session InShape PPW lesson.  After the lesson, behavioral intentions measures showed Airmen were some to very likely to: 

  • Get physical activity most days a week (94%)
  • Get 8 or more hours of sleep most nights (80%)
  • Eat a variety of healthy foods each day (92%)

 Airmen were also not at all likely to: 

  • Drink any alcohol (49%)
  • Smoke any cigarettes (89%)
  • Use any marijuana (94%)
  • Use any e-cigarettes (74%) 

After the lesson, measures of perceived harm indicated Airmen believed “yes” that the following substances would harm their health or healthy habits:

  • Alcohol (71%)
  • Cigarettes (89%)
  • Marijuana (71%)
  • E-cigarettes (77%)
  • Other illegal drugs (80%) 

Also after the lesson, measures of resistance self-efficacy showed Airmen were sure they could say NO to friends who asked them to use: 

  • Alcohol (71%)
  • Cigarettes (91%)
  • Marijuana (91%)
  • E-cigarettes (89%)
  • Other illegal drugs (91%) 

Pre-to-post lesson improvements were found on the following measures among Airmen: 

  • Increased intentions to get physical activity most days a week
  • Increased intentions to get 8 or more hours sleep most nights
  • Increased intentions to eat a variety of healthy foods each day
  • Decreased intentions to use any cigarettes
  • Increased perceived harm from using alcohol
  • Increased perceived harm from using marijuana
  • Increased perceived harm from using e-cigarettes
  • Increased perceived harm from using other illegal drugs
  • Increased resistance self-efficacy to say NO to e-cigarette use offers 

Written comments from Airmen about what they liked about the InShape Prevention Plus Wellness program included: 

  • Made me think of what things I could be doing better in my life
  • Reminded me of important things I had pushed aside
  • Learning self-discipline/motivation to be more healthy and make better decisions
  • Learning the negative impact that certain foods and drinks have on the body
  • The connection between mental and physical activity
  • How to establish a healthy lifestyle
  • Suggestions for healthier lifestyle goals
  • The stress reducing techniques
  • Make me rethink my values and what I should look for in friends
  • It was motivating and made me want to exercise and sleep more and eat more healthy foods 

Learn more about InShape PPW: https://preventionpluswellness.com/products/is-inshape-for-young-adults-program 

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"The opposite of substance use isn't non-use,
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