Classroom Activity – Policy

Paesaggi di Prevenzione-Italy

Initiative Description: Paesaggi di Prevenzione’, a school-based prevention program tackling smoking, alcohol misuse, dietary risks, and physical inactivity in 12- to 14-year-olds.The program was implemented from January 2011 to April 2012 in Emilia-Romagna, Italy, and comprised classroom activities and school-wide policies including: decision making skills, problem solving, personal and interpersonal skills, management of stress and emotions, and effective communication, smoking bans for both student and teachers inside and outside school facilities, prohibition to use alcohol during school events, promotion of use of healthy foods in selling machines and canteens, walking activities involving families and local communities, and team games.

Study Results: Increased overall physical activity levels and decreased alcohol consumption.

Reference: Allara, E., Angelini, P., Gorini, G., Bosi, S., Carreras, G., Gozzi, C., … & Faggiano, F. (2015). A prevention program for multiple health-compromising behaviors in adolescence: Baseline results from a cluster randomized controlled trial. Preventive Medicine, 71, 20–26.

Level of Evidence: 3 out of 5 stars Very Good