Last updated: 2.17.2020
Successful prevention requires addressing co-occurring health risks of youth and young adults, including substance use and chronic disease risk behaviors.
The most efficient strategy to do this is to integrate substance use prevention with wellness behavior promotion.
That is why we provide prevention and health specialists and parents with evidence-informed resources aimed at enhancing wellness habits, including physical activity, healthy nutrition, sleep, controlling stress, goal setting and spirituality, while avoiding substance use.
These resources are perfect for extending and enhancing evidence-based single-session Prevention Plus Wellness screening and brief interventions.
They are also ideal for prevention specialists interested in broadening their prevention program outcomes by targeting multiple health risks among young people.
Prevention Plus Wellness resources address increasing and improving physical activity and sports participation, healthy nutrition, getting adequate sleep, controlling daily stress, setting and monitoring goals and spirituality, while understanding risks associated with substance use, including vaping e-cigarettes and using marijuana.
Prevention Plus Wellness multiple health risk behavior resources for youth, teachers and parents include:
- Evidence-informed health behavior content and tools for prevention professionals and parents
- Youth health behavior content, videos, PowerPoint slides and other resources
- Youth assignments that can be completed in or outside of a classroom or home
Please consider this your personal and evolving list of Prevention Plus Wellness resources. If you have another resource you’d like us to add to this list to share with others, please send us the link and we’ll review it for possible inclusion. Also, if you’d like to see resources added addressing some other wellness-promoting behavior or topic, just let us know.
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Youth Physical Activity Resources & Assignments:
Youth Physical Activity Guidelines, CDC Healthy Schools. The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, 2ndedition.
Description: The Guidelines issued by the US Department of Health and Human Services recommends that children and adolescents ages 6 to 17 years do 60 minutes (1 hour) or more of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity daily.: https://www.cdc.gov/healthyschools/physicalactivity/guidelines.htm
Assignment: Read the Youth Physical Activities Guideline Defined. List the 3 types of physical activity youth should get every day and give 2 examples of each you would like to try or continue doing in the future.
Physical Activity Facts, CDC Healthy Schools.
Description: Regular physical activity in childhood and adolescence is important for promoting lifelong health and well-being and preventing various health conditions.: https://www.cdc.gov/healthyschools/physicalactivity/facts.htm
Assignment: Read the Physical Activity Facts sheet. List the 1 benefit to being physically active and 1 consequence to being inactive that most motivates you to get regular physical activity.
Food & Fitness, TeensHealth from Nemours.
Description: Ever wonder if some diets are really safe? Or how you can excel at sports? Get the lowdown on healthy eats, dieting, strength training, eating disorders, steroids, and more.: https://kidshealth.org/en/teens/food-fitness/?WT.ac=t-nav-food-fitness
Assignment: Choose and view 4 items from under the headings of “Exercise” and/or “Sports” and describe in 1-2 sentences how each increased your knowledge how you can improve your fitness and health.
Teacher/Parent Physical Activity Resources:
WebMD, Parenting, Raising fit Kids: Healthy Nutrition, Exercise and Weight.
Description: Parenting has been called the ultimate long-term investment. It's one of the most complex and challenging jobs you'll face in your lifetime -- and also the most rewarding.: https://www.webmd.com/parenting/raising-fit-kids/default.htm
Physical Activity Resources-President’s Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition.
Description: There are many organizations that offer credible and practical resources on physical activity. Use these resources for ideas on how to incorporate activity into your daily life.: https://www.hhs.gov/fitness/resource-center/physical-activity-resources/index.html
Youth Compendium of Physical Activities, NCCOR.
Description: The Youth Compendium of Physical Activities provides a list of 196 common activities in which youth participate and the estimated energy cost associated with each activity.: https://www.nccor.org/nccor-tools/youthcompendium/
Physical Activity Tools and Resources, National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.
Description: These tools and resources help families and communities better understand physical activity and how it relates to maintaining a healthy weight.: https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/educational/wecan/tools-resources/physical-activity.htm
Physical Activity, CanFit.
Description: Physical activity is a principle that all people need to adapt in their lifestyles! CANFIT believes that promoting physical activity to youth can be best achieved by.: “Providing options, keeping it simple, teaching it often and doing it right!”.http://canfit.org/our_work/physical_activity
Youth Nutrition Resources & Assignments:
Eat Right. Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Teens.
Description: Articles, tips, videos and tools you can use!: https://www.eatright.org/for-kids/for-teen
Assignment: Read one of the articles on this webpage and write a 4-5 sentence summary of the main conclusions and how they can help you improve your nutrition.
Description: Young people experience many changes during their tween and teen years. Building healthy food and physical activity habits will help them now and as they enter adulthood. The following resources, tips, and ideas can help them take charge and learn to make their own choices.: https://www.choosemyplate.gov/teens
Assignment: Review one of the Consumer Resources of your choice and tell one of your friends or your class what you learned.
Weight Management, Take Charge of Your Health: A Guide for Teenagers, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.
Description: This site will help you learn how your body uses the food and drinks you consume and how being active may help your body "burn" calories, how to choose healthy foods and drinks, how to get moving and stay active, how getting enough sleep is important to staying healthy, how to ease into healthy habits and keep them up, and how to plan healthy meals and physical activities that fit your lifestyle.: https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/weight-management/take-charge-health-guide-teenagers
Assignment: After reading the content on this website, describe what healthy eating involves.
Teacher/Parent Nutrition Resources:
Nutrition Resources-President’s Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition.
Description: There are many organizations that offer credible and practical resources on nutrition. Use these resources for additional information on how to easily incorporate healthy eating into your life.: https://www.hhs.gov/fitness/resource-center/nutrition-resources/index.html
Nutrition, HealthyChildren.org, American Academy of Pediatrics.
Description: One of the first ways teenagers assert their independence is by making their own eating choices. So, it may not come as a surprise that good eating habits are often a problem for teenagers. One way to make sure your teen is consuming a nourishing diet is to have family meals together.: https://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/teen/nutrition/Pages/default.aspx
Teen Nutrition, US Department of Agriculture.
Description: Healthy eating tools, guidelines and content for adolescents: https://www.nal.usda.gov/fnic/teen-nutrition
We Can!: Ways to Enhance Children’s Activity & Nutrition, National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.
Description: Share these resources with your children to help them learn about eating right, being active, and reducing screen time to stay at a healthy weight.: https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/educational/wecan/tools-resources/child-teen-resources.htm
Healthy Eating During Adolescence, Health, Johns Hopkins Medicine.
Description: Eating healthy is an important part of a healthy lifestyle and is something that should be taught at a young age. The following are some general guidelines for helping your adolescent eat healthy.: https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/wellness-and-prevention/healthy-eating-during-adolescence
Youth Sleep Resources & Assignments:
Healthy Sleeping, Toolbox, TeenMentalHealth.org.
Description: Sleep is essential for life and getting the proper amount of sleep helps us cope better with whatever life brings our way. This resource will help you develop better sleeping habits.: http://teenmentalhealth.org/product/healthy-sleeping/
Assignment: Download the Healthy Sleeping Document and read it. List 6 things you can control to improve your sleeping habits.
Healthy Sleep in Teens, Patient Education, American Thoracic Society.
Description: This pdf document discusses key health issues related to youth sleep, how to improve teen sleep and provide specific action steps.: https://www.thoracic.org/patients/patient-resources/resources/healthy-sleep-in-teens.pdf
Assignment: Read the Healthy Sleep in Teens document. Describe what is preventing you from getting more or better sleep, and 3 specific actions you’ll take to improve the amount and quality of your sleep in the future.
Teen Sleep: Recharge Yourself as Well as Your Phone, The Sleep Council.
Description: Explore teenage sleep advice with an interactive bedroom.: https://sleepcouncil.org.uk/teen-sleep/
Assignment: Explore the interactive bedroom and identify 3 things that can help and 3 things that can hinder your sleep.
Guide to Sleep for College Students & Older Teens: Expert Advice on How to Get a Good Night’s Rest, AffordableCollegesOnline.org.
Description: Learn why catching enough Z’s can help you earn more A’s, and get strategies to create and maintain a healthy balance between life, school and sleep.: https://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/college-resource-center/guide-to-sleeping-for-college-students-and-teens/
Assignment: Describe 5 benefits of getting a good night’s sleep.
Teacher/Parent Sleep Resources:
10 Proven Tips to Make Your Sleep Deprived Teen Sleep Better, AAST.
Description: Article about how to prevent teens from being sleep deprived and sleep better.: https://www.aastweb.org/blog/10-proven-tips-to-get-your-sleep-deprived-teen-sleep-better
How to Help Teenagers Get More Sleep, Child Mind Institute.
Description: Advice from health specialists on how to combat sleep deprivation among middle and high school aged adolescents.: https://childmind.org/article/help-teenagers-get-sleep/
Teens, Young Adults & Sleep, American Academy of Sleep Medicine.
Description: A guide for parents and teens about the unique sleep requirements of teenagers.: http://school.sleepeducation.com/resources/lessons/teensdrowsydriving/PBrochures_TeensYngAdltsSleep.pdf
Adolescent Sleep Needs and Patterns: Research Report and Resource Guide, National Sleep Foundation.
Description: The National Sleep Foundation’s (NSF) Sleep and Teens Task Force developed this publication to summarize existing research about sleep-related issues affecting adolescents. We hope that this report will serve as a valuable and practical resource for parents, educators, community leaders, adolescents and others in their efforts to make informed decisions regarding health, safety and sleep-related issues within their communities.: https://www.sleepfoundation.org/sites/default/files/2019-02/sleep_and_teens_report1.pdf
Sleep Tips for Teenagers, Sleep and Tiredness, National Health Service (England).
Description: Suggestions on how to make sure your teen is getting enough sleep to stay health and do well at school.: https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/sleep-and-tiredness/sleep-tips-for-teenagers/
Youth Stress Control Resources & Assignments:
For Teens: Creating Your Personal Stress Management Plan, HealthyChildren.org.
Description: Here is a 10-point plan to help you manage stress. All of these ideas can lower stress without doing any harm. None are quick fixes, but they will lead you toward a healthy and successful life. The plan is divided into 4 parts.: https://www.healthychildren.org/English/healthy-living/emotional-wellness/Building-Resilience/Pages/For-Teens-Creating-Your-Personal-Stress-Management-Plan.aspx
Assignment: Develop a 10 point personal stress management plan following the guidelines on this website.
Five Tips to Help Manage Stress, American Psychological Association.
Description: Here are five healthy techniques that psychological research has shown to help reduce stress in the short- and long-term.: https://www.apa.org/helpcenter/manage-stress
Assignment: Describe the five healthy strategies to reduce stress in your life.
35 Awesome Stress Management Resources, OnlyHealthy.com.
Description: There is a growing number of great resources out there to help us manage our stress. We’ve compiled a list of some of the best ones on the web, from comprehensive university portals to interactive guides that assess your personal stress level and provide specific feedback and advice.: http://www.onlyhealthy.com/35-awesome-stress-management-resources/
Assignment: Review and write a brief description highlighting 2 resources from each of the 3 categories of University Resources, Interactive & Multimedia Resources, and General Resources.
Top 10 Stress Management Techniques for Students, VeryWellMind.com.
Description: We’ve compiled the following list of stress relievers that are most appropriate for students: relatively easy, quick, and relevant to a student’s life and types of stress. They’ll help you to function at your best, and enjoy the journey as you continue to develop your skills and abilities.: https://www.verywellmind.com/top-school-stress-relievers-for-students-3145179
Assignment: List the top 5 stress techniques you will use in the future to manage your daily stress.
Teacher/Parent Stress Control Resources:
Stress Management and Teens, American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.
Description: This article discusses sources of stress for teens, how parents can help and how teens can reduce stress using certain behaviors and techniques.: https://www.aacap.org/AACAP/Families_and_Youth/Facts_for_Families/FFF-Guide/Helping-Teenagers-With-Stress-066.aspx
Change to Chill, Resources.
Description: Resources to teach your teen how to overcome life’s pressures at home, at school and in their social life: https://www.changetochill.org/resources/
Stress in School: A Parent, Teacher & Student Guide to Symptoms Solutions, Community for Accredited Online Schools.
Description: This guide explains the symptoms of stress in students from elementary school through college and provides strategies teachers and parents can use to help.: https://www.accreditedschoolsonline.org/resources/student-stress/
Coping with Stress, Violence Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Description: Discusses common reactions to stressful events, healthy ways to cope with stress, and tips for parents, youth and school personnel for coping with stress.: https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/suicide/copingwith-stresstips.html
Youth Goal Setting Resources & Assignments:
Setting Goals for Wellness, HealthAdvocate.
Description: Breaking down your goals into a manageable wellness plan can be the difference between aspirations and realization. Fine out how: http://www.healthadvocate.com/_mobile/downloads/communications-pdfs/gateway_2731/bg_w_f_Setting%20Goals%20for%20Wellness-2731.pdf
Assignment: Write a short and long-term SMART goal.
Your Guide to Setting Healthy Living Goals, UnlockFood.Ca.
Description: Do you want to eat healthier, get active or just feel your best? The secret to success is to break down your healthy living goals into mini goals that are easy to manage. Start with one small, clear goal that is right for you.: https://www.unlockfood.ca/en/Articles/Menu-Planning/Your-Guide-to-Setting-Healthy-Living-Goals
Assignment: Write 1 SMART healthy eating and 1 SMART physical activity goal.
Goal Setting, Students, National Junior Honor Society, National Association of Secondary School Principals.
Description: Need help getting direction in your life? Goal setting is key. Use the visual guide, video, and resources below to help plan for your future.: https://www.njhs.us/students/futuready/goal-setting/
Assignment: View the visual guide and video on this website and summarize what you learned to another person or your class.
Teacher/Parent Goal Setting Resources:
How to Help a Teen Set and Reach Goals: A Goal-Setting Worksheet Exercise, VeryWellFamily.com.
Description: Describes how parents (and teachers) can encourage teens to reach a goal, with steps for creating a goal-setting worksheet for your teen.: https://www.verywellfamily.com/printable-goals-setting-worksheet-for-teens-2608797
Goal Setting for Students, Kids & Teens, Including Worksheets & Templates, PositivePsychologyProgram.com.
Description: Learn about why goal setting is a great addition to the curriculum from elementary school all the way up to college, and how it can best be incorporated.: https://positivepsychologyprogram.com/goal-setting-students-kids/
Goal Setting Activities for Teenagers, LiveStrong.com.
Description: Presents specific activities that help pinpoint your adolescent's attention on setting goals. Exercises can be a positive way to draw you and your teenager closer and help bring his future into sharper focus.: https://www.livestrong.com/article/30488-goal-setting-activities-teenagers/
7 Best Apps for Student Goal Setting, EmergingEdTech.com.
Description: We all know it’s easy to lose focus if you don’t have something to keep you on track. That’s where this post comes in. Here are just seven of the best apps that are out there on the market addressing student goal setting.: https://www.emergingedtech.com/2017/11/best-apps-for-student-goal-setting/
Youth Spiritual Resources & Assignments:
Life Teen Blog, LifeTeen.com.
Description: Designed to strengthen teen Catholic identity while rooting them firmly in Christ and in His Church.: https://lifeteen.com/blog/tag/spiritual-warfare/
Assignment: Read one of the blog articles of your choice and write a brief description of how the content can help you become a better person.
Teacher/Parent Spiritual Resources:
10 Simple Spiritual Practice Ideas for Children & Youth, Discipleship Ministries.
Description: This document describes a list of 10 top spiritual practices for young people.: https://gbod-assets.s3.amazonaws.com/legacy/kintera-files/about-gbod/UR_10SimpleSpiritualPractices.pdf
Best Practices in Adolescent Faith Formation, LongLifeFaith Associates.
Description: This essay describes best practices for adolescent faith formation drawn primarily from three recent research studies on youth ministry and adolescent faith formation.: http://www.faithformationlearningexchange.net/uploads/5/2/4/6/5246709/best_practices_in_adolescent_faith_formation.pdf
5 Things that will Help Your Teen’s Spiritual Life in College, LifeWay.com.
Description: While you can’t write your teen’s faith story for them, you can encourage them in ways that will open the door for their faith to grow. Here are a few factors that commonly influence students to pursue a relationship with Christ after high school. : https://www.lifeway.com/en/articles/how-can-i-prevent-my-teen-from-losing-faith-at-college
The Most-Needed Teen Spiritual Discipline, InWord.org.
Description: Sleep might be one of the most helpful spiritual disciplines we could teach our teens. I know, sleep as a spiritual discipline seems a stretch. But it fits right in there with Sabbath, rest, and taking care of the body temple. And it’s something teens are not getting much of these days.: https://www.inword.org/the-most-needed-teen-spiritual-discipline/
Why Do Right?, Parenting, FocusontheFamily.com.
Description: Kids may not initially comprehend the importance of doing what is right, so parents can help them better understand that moral choices are good for them.: https://www.focusonthefamily.com/parenting/spiritual-growth-for-kids/do-whats-right/why-do-right
Youth E-cigarette Resources & Assignments:
Electronic Cigarettes, Smoking & Tobacco Use, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Description: Provides facts about electronic cigarettes, their health effects and the risks of using e-cigarettes.: https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/basic_information/e-cigarettes/index.htm
Assignment: Click on the link to “E-cigarettes and Young People.” Read the page and list 6 reasons why you think young people should avoid e-cigarette use.
Electronic Cigarettes (E-cigarettes), DrugFacts, National Institute on Drug Abuse.
Description: Describes what are e-cigarettes, how they work, how they affect the brain, their health effects, and can they help a person stop smoking.: https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/electronic-cigarettes-e-cigarettes
Assignment: In 1-2 sentences, write a summary of each of the 5 main topics discussed on this website.
Teacher/Parent E-cigarette Resources:
Quick Facts on the Risks of E-cigarettes for Kids, Teens, and Young Adults, Smoking & Tobacco Use, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Description: Webiste answering the questions: What are e-cigarettes?, How do they work?, What is JUUL?, Why is nicotine unsafe?, What are other risks of e-cigarettes?, What’s in an e-cigarette aerosol?, Can using e-cigarettes lead to regular cigarette use?, Aren’t e-cigarettes safer than regular cigarettes?, What can I do to prevent e-cigarette use among my youth?, and Where can I learn more?: https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/basic_information/e-cigarettes/Quick-Facts-on-the-Risks-of-E-cigarettes-for-Kids-Teens-and-Young-Adults.html
Know the Risks: E-Cigarettes & Young People, US Department of Health and Human Services.
Description: Learn more about the risks of e-cigarettes pose to youth and young adults – and share the facts using these Surgeon General’s Report resources.: https://e-cigarettes.surgeongeneral.gov/resources.html
Links to E-Cigarette Resources, Smoking Facts, American Lung Association.
Description: Links to websites, reports educational materials, toolkits and more information on e-cigarettes.: https://www.lung.org/stop-smoking/smoking-facts/e-cigarette-resources.html
Teens and E-cigarettes, National Institute on Drug Abuse.
Description: Four charts related to teen e-cigarette use and related new releases.: https://www.drugabuse.gov/related-topics/trends-statistics/infographics/teens-e-cigarettes
Quitting e-cigarettes, Truth Initiative.
Description: Resources to help teens and young adults quit vaping e-cigarettes.: http://www.truthinitiative.org/research-resources/quitting-smoking-vaping/quitting-e-cigarettes
School E-cigarette Toolkit, Minnesota Department of Health.
Description: This document provides resources for school administrators, school health services professionals, and curriculum coordinators addressing the use of e-cigarettes and other vaping products among youth.: https://www.health.state.mn.us/communities/tobacco/ecigarettes/docs/schooltoolkit.pdf
Lesson: E-Cigarettes: What you Need to Know, Scholastic.com.
Description: This is a teacher’s guide with materials for presenting a lesson adaptable for students in grades 6th-12th.: http://headsup.scholastic.com/teachers/lesson-e-cigarettes-what-you-need-to-know
Youth Marijuana Resources & Assignments:
Marijuana: Facts for Teens, National Institute on Drug Abuse.
Description: This website includes a letter to teens from the director of NIDA, some things to think about, FAQs about marijuana, and other useful resources.: https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/marijuana-facts-teens/letter-to-teens
Assignment: Read the letter from Dr. Nora Volkow and answer the 5 questions she asks about what you know about marijuana. How many did you get right and which one’s did you get wrong?
Marijuana, NIDA for Teens, DrugAbuse.gov.
Description: This website provides a wide range of content answering common questions about marijuana, such as What happens to your body when you use marijuana? and Can you die if you use marijuana?: https://teens.drugabuse.gov/drug-facts/marijuana
Assignment: Choose 3 questions you are most interested in answering. Read the answers and report what you learned to someone you know or to your class.
Teacher/Parent Marijuana Resources:
Resources and Strategies for Reducing Use, Office of Adolescent Health, HHS.gov.
Description: A collection of resources to help parents, communities, and others prevent adolescent marijuana use.: https://www.hhs.gov/ash/oah/adolescent-development/substance-use/marijuana/resources/index.html
Marijuana and Teens, American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.
Description: This document describes ways people use marijuana, parents and prevention, effects of marijuana, and medical marijuana.: https://www.aacap.org/aacap/families_and_youth/facts_for_families/fff-guide/Marijuana-and-Teens-106.aspx
About Youth Now, Prevent Coalition.
Description: Resources for schools, parents, providers and youth on marijuana use, build resilience and prevent substance use.: https://www.youthnow.me/schools/
Information on Marijuana, Substance Use and Prevention, American Academy of Pediatrics.
Description: Resources on marijuana policy, education, and from the Division of State Government Affairs.: https://www.aap.org/en-us/advocacy-and-policy/aap-health-initiatives/Substance-Use-and-Prevention/Pages/marijuana.aspx
What You Need to Know About Marijuana Use in Teens, Marijuana and Public Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Description: This website discusses marijuana and the teen brain, negative effects on school and social life, and provides additional information and resources.: https://www.cdc.gov/marijuana/factsheets/teens.htm