Prevention Plus Wellness Program Success Stories


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. 

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. 

 

NCADD-GDA Receives Training to Provide Evidence-based Screening and Brief Intervention

Congratulation to the dedicated and talented leadership and members of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence–Greater Detroit Area (NCADD-GDA) for completing live online training yesterday to become Certified SPORT and InShape Prevention Plus Wellness (PPW) Program Implementers. 

SPORT and InShape PPW programs are evidence-based screening and brief interventions designed to prevent youth and young adult substance use and promote protective wellness behaviors and identities. 

NCADD-GDA’s is a voluntary non-profit agency committed to improving co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders through prevention, education, training, treatment and advocacy in the Metropolitan Detroit Area. 

NCADD-GDA has over 68 years of experience serving people impacted by substance abuse. 

Special thanks to Dr. Benjamin A Jones, PhD, President and CEO, along with L’Tonya Felder, Lauren Stovall, G. Bomani Gray, Tracey King, Veronica Johnson, Emmet Mitchell, Karen McWilliams, Melanie Hwalek, Gerald Wade, Jan Lossing, Karl E. D’Abreu Sr., Angel Reed, Terry Phillips, Marsialle Arbuckle, and Chinwe Obianwu for their outstanding commitment to protect and promote the health and well-being of young people in their region by partnering with Prevention Plus Wellness to provide practical substance use prevention programs that promote wellness lifestyles.  

 

SPORT Prevention Plus Wellness Program Associated with Intentions to Avoid Drug Use and Increase Wellness Behaviors

Prevention Plus Wellness partnered with Sutter County Superintendent of Schools, CA whose team implemented the SPORT Prevention Plus Wellness (PPW) program to students at four high schools. 

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

 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 next month at least a little to some.  

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

Likewise, youth believed that none to some of their friends smoked any cigarettes and used any alcohol and marijuana. 

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. 

Lastly, after receiving the program youth believed that some to most of their friends get physical activity most days a week, 8 hours of sleep most nights and eat a variety of healthy foods each day.  

Student comments about participating in the SPORT Prevention Plus Wellness program included that it: 

  • Helped me to be smart and not make bad choices
  • It helps people stay on track and make better decisions
  • Helps kids be healthier and stay fit
  • It is fun
  • I like that it helps us make healthier decisions
  • How it tries to make you set a goal and workout
  • It made me feel good about some of my life choices
  • I like how it taught us about our bodies
  • It makes me want to improve my health
  • I like the survey that shows what to do and what not to do
  • It provides a reason to think about good and bad habits
  • How it motivates you to set a goal
  • It teaches you healthy habits 

 

SPORT Prevention Plus Wellness Program Reduces Marijuana Use Intentions and Social Norms

Prevention Plus Wellness partnered with JoAnn Reed-Stokes, MS, CPP, Director of Youth Services with the Village of Hastings-on-Hudson, NY whose team implemented the SPORT Prevention Plus Wellness (PPW) program to both high school and middle school aged adolescents. 

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

All youth participating in the single-lesson SPORT Prevention Plus Wellness program liked it at least some to a lot. 

Participating middle school students believed it would help them avoid alcohol, drugs and cigarette use in the next month some to a lot, while high school students thought it would help them avoid cigarette smoking some to a lot and drug and alcohol use a little to some. 

All participating students felt the SPORT Prevention Plus Wellness program would increase their physical activity, healthy eating and sleep in the next month at least a little to a lot. 

The largest pre to post-program change for both age groups was in the decreased perception that their friends use marijuana and increased intentions to avoid marijuana use in the next year. 

Other positive findings included decreased intentions to smoke cigarettes and increased intentions to get 8 hours of sleep most nights among high school students, and increased intentions to get physical activity most days and talk to their parents about health or fitness for middle school students. 

Student comments about participating in the SPORT Prevention Plus Wellness program included that it: 

  • Made me less likely to try alcohol
  • Teaches people to be healthy
  • Teaches the benefit of not doing drugs
  • Keeps kids on a healthy path
  • Showed good things to do
  • Eye-opening information to take care of our bodies
  • How drugs can affect your future
  • Facts on sleep and nutrition
  • Learning how fitness helps
  • Fun and interactive
  • A healthy life without alcohol and drugs 

 

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. 

 

Potomac Highlands Guild Enhances Critical Wellness Behavior Indicators Among 7th-8th Grade Students

Prevention specialists from the Potomac Highlands Guild, Inc. provided 7th and 8th grade students in West Virginia with thee of six-lessons from the evidence-informed SPORT 2 Prevention Plus Wellness program.  

Key indicators associated with multiple substance use protective wellness habits were assessed, including intentions to engage in healthy behaviors and perceived social norms.  

Participating students increased their intentions to engage in each of the targeted wellness behaviors.       

Findings indicated that 9% of adolescents increased their intentions to get physical activity most days a week, 15% increased their intentions to get eight hours of sleep most nights, 32% increased their intentions to eat a variety of healthy foods each day, 10% increased their intentions to set health or fitness goals, and 9% increased their intentions to talk to their parents about health or fitness. 

Participating youth also increased the perceived number of peers who participate in healthy behaviors, i.e., social norms. 

Results showed that 11% of adolescents increased the perceived number of friends that get physical activity most days a week, 9% increased the perceived number of friends that get eight hours of sleep most nights, and 16% increased the perceived number of friends that eat a variety of healthy foods each day.  

These findings indicate that adolescents participating in three of six-lessons from the SPORT 2 Prevention Plus Wellness program improved key indicators of health-promoting behaviors that also serve as protective factors for substance use.  

All Prevention Plus Wellness programs include built-in evaluation tools, including scannable pre and posttest surveys allowing quick and easy data collection on program outcomes.  

We also provide free data analysis for your organization to identify critical information for both promoting and improving your program’s effectiveness over time. 

 

Addiction Leaders Complete Training of Trainer’s Workshop to Prevent Youth Marijuana and E-cigarette Use

Congratulations to the outstanding prevention leaders at the Hanley Foundation for successfully completing onsite training to implement, and train other providers to implement, the evidence-informed Marijuana and Vaping Prevention Plus Wellness programs throughout Florida. 

The Hanley Foundation is a singularly unique organization designed to provide substance abuse prevention and education programs for parents, caregivers and school-age children. 

The Hanley Foundation is committed to solving today’s addiction problems for tomorrow’s youth. 

The prevention efforts of Hanley Foundation have positively impacted nearly a quarter of a million individuals over the past 18 years. 

Today, Hanley Foundation offers an array of research-based Substance Abuse Prevention (SAP) programs for parents, caregivers, older adults, and students. 

They understand the importance of prevention education and have helped adults and children receive it in schools and communities. 

The Hanley Foundation recognizes that knowledge of the disease of addiction empowers people to develop healthy coping skills and lifestyles, which, in turn, helps to prevent its onset. 

The effects of these alcohol and drug prevention programs prove that education is empowering. 

It is our great honor and privilege to be partnering with the Hanley Foundation to bring cutting-edge prevention interventions to address quickly developing marijuana and e-cigarette use epidemics through the promotion of wellness lifestyles and positive identities of youth across Florida. 

 

Prevention Providers Analyze SPORT Prevention Plus Wellness Program Effects on Their Adolescents

Fort Smith Arkansas Prevention Providers  Tabitha Fondren and Katelynn Priest with the Gateway Recovery Center at Harbor House implemented the SPORT Prevention Plus Wellness program to students at a local high school.  

As part of the implementation process, they collected screening and feedback surveys from participating students. 

After entering survey data into the Excel spreadsheet provided on the Prevention Plus Wellness (PPW) website, Katelynn emailed the spreadsheet to PPW for data cleaning and analysis. 

Findings from the analysis showed that the high school students liked the SPORT Prevention Plus Wellness program and thought the lesson would help them avoid drug use and smoking cigarettes in the future. 

Posttest results indicated that in the next year, students intended to participate in physical activity most days a week, get 8 hours a sleep most nights, and eat a variety of healthy foods each day. 

Adolescents were also less likely to drink any alcohol, smoke any cigarettes, and use any marijuana in the next year. 

Pre-post difference analyses found that the lesson increased student intentions to get 8 hours of sleep most nights and decreased their intentions to drink alcohol. 

In addition, perception of the number of friends drinking alcohol and smoking cigarettes was reduced from pre to posttest.  

Student comments about what they liked about the SPORT PPW lesson included:

  •  “Learning how to be healthier.”
  • “I liked taking the survey that shows where I am and what I can improve on.”
  • ‘‘It was quick and concise.”
  • “It helps people control depression by staying busy.”
  • “How participating in sports will increase better chances of healthy body work and socialize with more people.”
  • “Everything.” 

We are thrilled to be partnering with Tabitha and Katelynn at Gateway Recovery Centers, two extremely talented and dedicated Prevention Providers demonstrating how to use data to promote and improve their evidence-based SPORT Prevention Plus Wellness program throughout the Fort Smith region.