3 Strategies to Prevent Substance Use While Promoting Sports and Physical Activity among Youth
The most effective way to prevent substance use and promote active and healthy lifestyles among youth and young adults is to implement an evidence-based program that has been shown to successfully integrate prevention with fitness.
There are two programs listed on the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) that are proven to prevent substance use like alcohol and marijuana use, and even cigarette smoking, while also increasing physical activity.
Since these two programs are screening and brief interventions, they are the only two integrated programs in the country that can quickly, easily and cost-effectively reduce risky substance use habits and improve wellness in a single-setting.
The two prevention and fitness integrated programs are the SPORT Prevention Plus Wellness program for children through high school-aged adolescents, and the InShape Prevention Plus Wellness program for college-aged young adults.
Below is a description of 3 strategies for implementing the SPORT and InShape Prevention Plus Wellness programs in nearly any setting with any youth population.