InShape Prevention Plus Wellness Program Positively Affects US Airforce Personnel Health Behaviors


A case study assessed the effects of the InShape Prevention Plus Wellness (PPW) program provided to a group of 30 young adult men and women US Airforce personnel. 

A screening survey addenda (pretest) and feedback survey (posttest) were collected immediately prior to and after implementation of the single-session InShape PPW program to assess pre-post change and posttest scores on key predictors of health and substance use behaviors of participants. 

Pre-posttest improvements in behavioral intentions included: 

  • 50% increase in some likelihood of getting physical activity most days a week
  • 33% increase in some likelihood of getting 8 or more hours sleep most nights
  • 38% increase in highest likelihood of taking action to reduce stress most days
  • 57% decrease in highest likelihood of using any e-cigarettes 

Pre-posttest improvements in social norms included: 

  • 62% decrease in perception that all people my age drink alcohol
  • 29% decrease in perception that most people my age use e-cigarettes 

Pre-posttest improvements in harmfulness of substance use included: 

  • 22% increase in perception that yes alcohol would harm my health
  • 27% increase in perception that yes marijuana would harm my health 

Favorable posttest behavioral intention scores indicated that: 

  • 97% were very or somewhat likely to get physical activity most days a week
  • 97% were very or somewhat likely to eat a variety of healthy foods each day
  • 90% were not at all to a little likely to smoke any cigarettes
  • 93% were not at all likely to use any marijuana
  • 83% were not at all to a little likely to use any e-cigarettes
  • 97% were not at all likely to use any illegal drugs 

Positive posttest perceived harmfulness scores showed that: 

  • 86% thought that yes alcohol would harm their health
  • 89% thought that yes cigarettes would harm their health
  • 86% thought that yes or maybe yes e-cigarettes would harm their health
  • 97% thought that yes illegal drugs would harm their health 

Favorable self-efficacy to avoid substance use scores indicated that: 

  • 89% were very to somewhat sure they could stay away from alcohol
  • 93% were very to somewhat sure they could stay away from cigarettes
  • 93% were very sure they could stay away from marijuana
  • 96% were very sure they could stay away from illegal drugs 

This case study indicates the InShape Prevention Plus Wellness program can improve the physical and mental health and substance use avoidance behaviors of young men and women serving in the US Airforce.  

These results show the potential benefits of the InShape PPW program for enhancing the well-being and readiness potential of men and women serving in the US military. 

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

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