Educational or Curriculum

First Choice Fitness

Initiative Description: The program consisted of 24 different models to teach participants physical fitness as a life skill. There were 4 skill areas: 1) exercise classes 2) educational modules 3) discussion modules and 4) individual exercise program maintenance. The program was administered 3 days/week over a 9-12 week period. A typical class period consisted of 30-60 minutes of structured group physical training consisting of aerobics, calisthenics, and stretching, and 15-30 minutes of learning fitness progarm skills for designing an individual program through the use of a workbook. Surveys were administered at pre-post program.

Study Results:The First Choice Fitness program was successful in significantly decreasing risk factors such as low self-concept, poor school attendance, anxiety, depression, and the number of friends who use alcohol and drugs.

Reference: Collingwood, T. R., Sunderlin, J., Reynolds, R., & Kohl, H. W. (2000). Physical Training as a Substance Abuse Prevention Intervention for Youth. Journal of Drug Education, 30(4), 435–451.

Level of Evidence: 3 out of 5 stars Very Good