SPORT Prevention Plus Wellness (PPW) is a quick and easy to use positive youth development program for prevention and health professionals and parents who want to prevent substance use and promote healthy lifestyle behaviors and positive identities of youth.
SPORT PPW has undergone rigorous research evaluating its effectiveness for preventing youth substance use and increasing healthy habits.
It is listed as an evidence-based program on the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP), Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development and other evidence-based registries.
Furthermore, it utilizes an evidence-based practices screening and brief intervention format recognized by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
SPORT PPW is the only single-session substance use prevention program designed to increase health-enhancing behaviors including physical activity, sports participation, healthy eating, getting adequate sleep, and practicing stress control.
It can be implemented in any setting including school, community, health care, sports, recreation, juvenile justice, home, and others.
SPORT PPW is founded on the Behavior-Image Model (BIM), a positive youth development-related framework that targets naturally motivating positive peer and desired future images to increase motivation for change and multiple health behavior goal setting to increase self-regulation skills and self-efficacy of participants.
The SPORT PPW program was designed to help youth look and feel more active, fit, and healthy using a three-step brief intervention process of:
- Screening youth for their current health habits to increase awareness of their substance use and healthy behaviors;
- Providing feedback cueing positive future images and the benefits of engaging in the healthy behaviors and how substance use harms them, to increase motivation for change; and
- Presenting a goal plan and contract to help youth set and monitor goals to avoid substance use and increase protective wellness behaviors increasing self-control skills and self-efficacy.
Your SPORT PPW program comes with a manual and a digital download of all reproducible materials needed to implement your program to countless participants.
SPORT PPW takes about 45 minutes to implement and is available in three versions for: 1) High school adolescents ages 14-18, 2) Middle school adolescents ages 10-14, and 3) Elementary school children ages 8-10.