Prevention Plus Wellness Program Success Stories


How Do Adolescents’ Benefit from the Online SPORT (Alcohol/Drug) Prevention Plus Wellness Program?

A sample of 109 middle school youth responded to an anonymous online survey after receiving the single-session evidence-based SPORT (Alcohol/Drug) Prevention Plus Wellness (PPW) program.

SPORT PPW was presented online by the McLaren Bay Region Neighborhood Resource Center in Bay City, Michigan.

Student responses about what they liked best about the SPORT PPW lesson included:

  • It let me know what could happen if I ingest drugs or alcohol
  • It improved my health by sleeping more
  • The positivity to not do drugs
  • It helped by knowing that if I did do them (alcohol/drugs) it would harm my health
  • It made me think about my goals
  • It was fun and it improved my health
  • I know how to eat better
  • It made me want to do more sports
  • Helped me understand how to have a healthy lifestyle
  • It helped me not to drugs or alcohol when I’m older
  • It helped me improve my healthy habits overall
  • It convinced me to return to my healthy habits
  • To avoid killing myself because of alcohol
  • It made me think about how to change my life for the better
  • It showed me how important it is to eat healthy
  • I liked learning how physical activity can help us learn better in school
  • It made sure I don’t drink or do drugs
  • It encouraged me to exercise more
  • It taught me drugs and smoking can have a big effect on your overall health
  • I know I need more sleep now
  • I thought the presentation was amazing

These responses were supported by adolescents’ behavioral intentions to engage in healthy behaviors and avoid substance use in the next year, including: 

  • 87% were very likely to likely to get physical activity most days a week
  • 73% were very likely to likely to get 8 or more hours sleep most nights and eat mostly healthy foods on most days
  • 99% were very unlikely to unlikely to use any illegal drugs
  • 96%-95% were very unlikely to unlikely to use any marijuana, e-cigarettes or regular cigarettes
  • 91% were very unlikely to unlikely to drink any alcohol

Positive results were also found on youths’ perceived harmfulness of regularly using the following substances on their health or healthy behaviors, including:

  • 98% strongly agreed or agreed that regular cigarettes and illegal drugs are harmful
  • 95%-94% strongly agreed or agreed that alcohol, e-cigarettes and marijuana are harmful

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

Learn more about evaluating your PPW program: https://preventionpluswellness.com/pages/program-evaluation-supportSPORT

 

Prevention Professionals Rate PPW Online Training as Very Useful 

Prevention and health specialists recently attending the two-hour online Prevention Plus Wellness Program Implementer Training Workshop completed a post-training survey.  The results of this survey are summarized below. 

Ratings of Training Workshop Usefulness 

  • 90% liked it “A great deal” to “A lot”
  • 90% said they found it “Extremely” to “Very” helpful
  • 90% said their current level of comfort to implement the PPW program was “A lot”
  • 100% said they had a “Great deal” of confidence they could present their PPW program with a high level of enthusiasm and passion
  • 100% said they were “A great deal” or “A lot” confident they could accurately follow the protocol when presenting the PPW program 

What did they like best? 

Responses to the question of what they liked the best about the online PPW training workshop, participants responded: 

  • Very concise
  • Related to where students are at
  • The presenter’s personal approach to train PPW Implementer Workshop w/ ongoing communication & Q&A to cover all ways to implement great PPW resources
  • The training was relaxed
  • I enjoy all PPW workshops. I like how much material you cover in the amount of time. Also very easy to follow along and able to walk away with complete understanding.
  • The small group session allowed ideas to blossom
  • Great info
  • It was very thorough and easy to understand
  • All of the tips and tricks that other people have done 

What did they like the least?

The most common response to the question of what did participants like the least about online PPW Program Implementer Training was “nothing.” 

Learn more about PPW training opportunities: https://preventionpluswellness.com/pages/prevention-plus-wellness-program-training-workshops

Schedule a PPW online workshop: https://preventionpluswellness.com/pages/program-training-schedule

 

Substance Use Prevention Providers Across America Feed Hungry Orphans

Thanks to prevention and health professionals and organizations across the US, Prevention Plus Wellness was able to make a significant third-quarter donation to A Child’s Hope International to feed hungry orphans.

Prevention Plus Wellness, LLC gives 10% of its net proceeds from sales of their single-session evidence-based youth and young adult substance use prevention programs and online training to charities feeding, clothing and housing poor children.

Prevention and health organizations whose purchases during the past three months made our donation possible included:

  • Aldergate Youth Service Bureau, Willow Grove PA
  • Vicksburg Family Development Service, Vicksburg MS
  • Lourdes Youth Services, Binghamton NY
  • Garrett County Health Department, Oakland MD
  • Joseph H. Firth Youth Center, Phillipsburg NJ
  • STOP, Gilbert WV
  • Institute Utrip, Slovenia
  • Center for Youth & Community Development, Gettysburg PA
  • VARSA, Vashon Island WA
  • Prevention Network, Syracuse NY
  • Prevention Consultants of Missouri, Rolla MO
  • Central Region Prevention Resource Center, Syracuse NY
  • Substance Awareness Center of IRC, Vero Beach FL
  • Bridges/Mccasa, Hamilton NY
  • CEC, Inc., White Hall AR
  • Federation of Italian American Organizations of Brooklyn, Brooklyn NY
  • Quincy Partnership for Youth, Quincy WA
  • Community Service, Inc., Morrilton AR
  • Community Wellness Coalition/SW CARES, Langley WA
  • Archdiocese Drug Abuse Prevention Program ADAPP, Bronx NY
  • Huron County Health Department, Bad Axe MI
  • NCADD of Central MS, Ridgeland MS
  • Restoration Society Inc. c/o Clubhouse Buffalo, Buffalo NY
  • Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe, Akwesasne NY
  • Berrien County Health Department, Benton Harbor MI
  • Farnham Family Services, Oswego NY
  • Spokane Tribal Network, Wellpinit WA
  • Yukon High School, Yukon OK
  • Corona-Norco Unified School District, Norco CA
  • The Children's Coalition for Northeast Louisiana, Monroe LA
  • Karen Bergbower & Associates, Brighton MI 

The mission of A Child's Hope International is to motivate and mobilize the church and the community to care for the orphans in their distress. This includes the children within U.S. foster care, the orphans of the world and vulnerable children suffering from hunger, thirst and poverty.

A Child’s Hope International received a four out of four star rating from Charity Navigator which is an independent charity assessment organization.

Learn more about A Child’s Hope International: https://thechildrenarewaiting.org/

Learn more about Prevention Plus Wellness programs and training: https://preventionpluswellness.com/pages/prevention-plus-wellness-welcome

Please consider making a purchase of an evidence-based substance use Prevention Plus Wellness program or training for youth or young adults in your region or state and support children suffering from hunger and poverty. 

For more information: info@preventionpluswellness.com or call: (904) 472-5022.

 

Prevention Plus Wellness Program Increases Perceived Harmfulness and Resistance Self-Efficacy Among Adolescents

A New York City school district evaluated the efficacy of the single-session evidence-based SPORT Prevention Plus Wellness (PPW) program implemented to 612 high school adolescents last school year. 

Prevention Plus Wellness programs include scannable and online pre and posttest surveys and complementary data analysis to assess program outcomes and fidelity.  

Results from an analysis of pre and posttest surveys collected immediately prior to and after the SPORT PPW lesson showed significant increases in perceived harmfulness and resistance self-efficacy on all five substances measured.  The substances included alcohol, cigarettes, e-cigarettes, marijuana and illegal drugs. 

Perceived Harmfulness and Self-Efficacy 

The percentage of adolescents who reported that regular substance use would harm their health or health behaviors (perceived harmfulness) increased from pre to posttest 11% to 20%, with the largest increases found for marijuana (20%), alcohol (18%) and e-cigarettes (12%).  

The percentage of adolescents who reported they were very sure that they could stay away from various substances (resistance self-efficacy) increased over time from 3% to 10%, with the greatest increases found for alcohol (10%), marijuana (10%) and e-cigarettes (5%). 

Research has shown that perceived harmfulness and resistance self-efficacy are significant predictors and influencers of youth substance use, indicating that the SPORT Prevention Plus Wellness program will reduce future adolescent substance use, particularly alcohol, marijuana and e-cigarette use. 

Behavioral Intentions to Engage in Healthy Behaviors 

Survey results also showed significant increases from pre to posttest in the likelihood adolescents would engage in all four healthy behaviors assessed in the next year (behavioral intentions), including eating healthy foods each day (14%), getting 8 or more hours of sleep most nights (11%), getting regular physical activity (10%) and taking action to reduce stress (8%).    

These results showed that the SPORT Prevention Plus Wellness program is decreasing common adolescent chronic disease risks by increasing protective wellness behaviors including regular physical activity, healthy nutrition, sleep and stress control.  

Adolescent Reactions to the SPORT PPW Program 

Another indicator of effectiveness is reflected in comments adolescents wrote about what they liked best about participating in the SPORT PPW program which included: 

  • Fun participation activity
  • Tells me about how to be more active and stay away from things that will damage my body
  • Learning the effects of drugs on mental health and school work
  • I liked learning to take care of my health and well being
  • It helped me learn more about myself
  • I learned how to not be stressed out and not use alcohol as a choice
  • This was very informative for my health and awareness
  • It taught me to make the best decisions
  • I learned I should sleep more and be more active
  • This lesson makes you change your view in life and see what is bad and good
  • I liked the positive messages used throughout
  • I liked the message to maintain a healthier lifestyle instead of doing things to harm it
  • Taught me the media makes drinking and smoking look everybody does it
  • I liked learning how physical activity really benefits you and your health
  • How we can teach other kids that using drugs and alcohol is dangerous and illegal
  • It gets me started on thinking about my future 

Conclusion 

The SPORT Prevention Plus Wellness program significantly increases the perceived harmfulness of and self-efficacy to resist alcohol, tobacco, e-cigarette, marijuana and illegal drug use among high school adolescents which reduces the likelihood of their future use of these substances.  

The SPORT PPW program also substantially increases behavioral intentions of older adolescents to get regular physical activity, eat more healthy foods, get adequate sleep and control daily stress in the future which protects them from chronic disease and substance use.  

Adolescents report a wide variety of positive reactions to and outcomes from participating in the SPORT Prevention Plus Wellness program supporting its efficacy for preventing substance use and promoting healthy behaviors among youth. 

Learn more about evaluation tools and services provided with Prevention Plus Wellness programs: https://preventionpluswellness.com/pages/program-evaluation-support  

 

 

Prevention Specialists' Reactions to Online PPW Program Training & Webinars

Below are results from prevention and health specialists who recently attended the 2-hour live online Prevention Plus Wellness Program Implementer Training Workshop or a 1-hour Prevention Plus Wellness Webinar.

How helpful was the PPW Program Training for You?: 86% said very to extremely helpful

What Did You Like the Best About the PPW Program Training Workshop?:

  • Offered a great deal of prevention information that is beneficial.
  • Presenter took his time and make sure everyone was on the same page throughout the workshop.
  • The presenter was kind and easy to understand.
  • Great slides and easy to follow script.
  • Discussion and the environment of the training. 

How Helpful Was the PPW Webinar to You?: 82% said a lot to a great deal

What Did You Like Best About the PPW Webinar?:

  • Pertaining to cultural issues, specifics and diverse.
  • The simplicity of the presentation. Easy to grasp.
  • The data.
  • Benefits of a healthy lifestyle. I plan to use this!
  • Very informative.
  • The topic of the Behavior-Image Model (BIM).
  • The ability to make it an ongoing series using the goal setting.
  • Useful suggestions for unbiased clinical work and attention to organizational change.
  • The vast amount of information.
  • The part that can be done virtually.
  • The presenter is very thorough and makes his presentations very understandable. This makes us eager to teach the information because we feel confident.
  • Excellent information and knowledge.
  • Never had this opportunity before.
  • Availability of resources.
  • Accessibility to the slides and information.
  • All of it was very informative and useful.
  • Thank you for another terrific webinar. It was not only informative but thought provoking…of much value! 

Sign up to receive notices of future free Prevention Plus Wellness Webinars: https://preventionpluswellness.com/pages/contact-us

Learn more about the live online PPW Program Implementer Training Workshops: https://preventionpluswellness.com/products/live-online-certified-program-implementer-training

 

Adolescents Receiving SPORT Prevention Plus Wellness Set Healthy Behavior Goals

A group of 29 adolescents who recently participated in the SPORT Prevention Plus Wellness program in White Plains, NY completed anonymous online multiple behavior goal contracts as part of the intervention. 

The results of the goal plans are highlighted below.

Demographics:

Female: 62%

Age: 12 years old or younger: 52%

        13 years old: 24%

        14 years old: 17% 

Avoiding Substance Use:

  • 93%: Pledged to avoid using alcohol and drugs during the next 7 days

Which healthy habit will you improve in the next 7 days?

  • 38%: Get 8 or more hours sleep each night
  • 31%: Participate in some fun physical activity or sports at least 30 minutes 4-5 days per week
  • 21%: Eat a healthy breakfast every day or eat a daily variety of other healthy foods
  • 10%: Practice a stress control technique most days a week

Examples of Measurable Goals Set Including Quantity & Frequency:

  • Play basketball, 30 minutes a day, 7 days a week
  • Long walks, 1 hour in the morning, 4 days/week Saturday, Sunday, Monday & Wednesday
  • Do yoga, 25 minutes/day, Tuesday-Thursday
  • Play outside, 30-45 minutes, Monday-Friday
  • Get 9 hours of sleep & eat 5 vegetables every day
  • Eat 5 fruits & vegetables each day
  • Get 8 or more hours sleep, I will go to bed earlier, everyday

Who will co-sign the goal plan to make it an official contract?

  • 66%: Mom or dad
  • 17%: Trusted and supportive friend

Where will you post your goal plan/contract to see it every day?

  • 63%: Bedroom wall or mirror
  • 22%: Other

How would you rate the goal contract? (1-5 stars)

  • 67%: 5 stars
  • 20%: 4 stars
  • 4: average rating

Conclusions:

Nearly all adolescents participating in the SPORT Prevention Plus Wellness program pledged to avoid alcohol and drugs in the next week (93%) and they set healthy behavior goals to increase their sleep (38%), physical activity (31%) or healthy eating (21%) behaviors.

Most youth identified their mom or dad (66%) as those who would co-sign their goal contracts and the majority planned to post the goals on their bedroom wall or mirror (63%). 

The majority of adolescents rated the goal setting/contract highly with 5 out of 5 stars (67%) and a mean rating of 4.4 stars.

While some of the goals set by youth were clear and measurable, others were not.  Goal setting directions may need to be added or revised to help youth set concrete, measurable and attainable goals to improve their wellness behaviors.

 

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.