SPORT Prevention Plus Wellness Program Linked to Young and Older Adolescent Intentions to Avoid Substance Use and Increase Wellness Habits


Prevention Plus Wellness partnered with a school system in the Bronx, NY whose team implemented the SPORT Prevention Plus Wellness (PPW) program to students in their high schools and middle schools last academic year. 

The program surveys included with the SPORT PPW program allowed a cost-effective program evaluation critical for prevention program improvement, promotion and sustainability. 

Both high school and middle school students receiving the SPORT PPW program believed it would help them avoid cigarettes, drugs and alcohol use in the next month some to a lot. 

Students also thought participating in the SPORT PPW program would help them increase healthy eating, sleep and physical activity in the next month some to a lot.     

After receiving the program, high school and middle school adolescents had on average none to a little intentions to use any marijuana, alcohol or cigarettes in the next year. 

Youth also intended some to a lot to get physical activity most days a week, eat a variety of healthy foods each day and get 8 hours sleep most nights. 

Analysis of a second set of data from middle school students found that intentions to engage in regular physical activity, healthy eating and getting 8 hours sleep increased from 21-27% pre to post-lesson, and alcohol, cigarettes and marijuana intentions decreased from 16-35% pre to post-lesson. 

Perceived friends engaged in regular physical activity, healthy eating and getting 8 hours sleep increased from 23-29% pre to post-lesson, and friends not using alcohol, cigarettes and marijuana increased from 14-32% pre to post-lesson.

Student comments about participating in the SPORT Prevention Plus Wellness program included they liked: 

  • Helping others make healthy choices.
  • Concern for the students.
  • Talking about goals.
  • Learning about healthy foods.
  • Taught me to stay away from drugs.
  • All of it.
  • Helping us be healthy.
  • Meeting new people and getting a lot of physical activity.
  • Learning the effects of drugs.
  • The motivation to get physical activity.
  • Helps get your life right and in order.
  • I learned a lot of things I didn’t know about me.
  • I learned new things I never thought about. 

Learn more about SPORT PPW: https://preventionpluswellness.com/products/sport-prevention-plus-wellness 

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