183397 High risk drinking prevention in college athletes

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Barbara Funke, PhD, CHES , Department of Kinesiology, Georgia College, Milledgeville, GA
Jim Lidstone, EdD , Department of Kinesiology, Georgia College, Milledgeville, GA
The purpose of this presentation is to report the effectiveness of Prime for Life on Campus with college athletes at a small liberal arts college in the Southeastern U.S. Prime for Life on Campus is an in-depth program designed to promote responsible decision-making in regard to alcohol use. The specific focus of the program is to reduce high-risk drinking in college athletes. The program was delivered to 150 athletes from a variety of sports during their off-seasons in Fall 2007 and Spring 2008 in two, three-hour sessions. Before program; after program; and follow up surveys created by the Prevention Research Institutes were used as evaluation tools. Focus groups and instructor evaluation tools were also used to evaluate the process. Methods used to secure grant funding, obtain university-wide support, train instructors, and implement the program will be explained.

Learning Objectives:
The participants will be able to describe: 1. Prime for Life on Campus program components. 2. Methods for securing university-wide cooperation for program support. 3. Implementation strategies for college athletes. 4. Evaluation of the effectiveness of this program on a university campus.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Barbara Funke, Ph.D., CHES, is Professor and Health Coordinator in the Kinesiology Department at Georgia College and has been teaching there since 1991. Dr. Funke received her Ph.D. in Health Education from Penn State University in 1990. Her areas of interest include Human Sexuality and Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug prevention for youth. She has made numerous presentations at national, regional, and state conferences and has received approximately $70,000 from grant funding sources since 2004 to help fund programs for alcohol abuse prevention for college students. Dr. Funke has worked with Georgia Collegeís Presidentís Council for Responsible Alcohol Use for 8 years has taken a leadership role in alcohol abuse prevention efforts. Her current research focuses on reducing high risk drinking in athletes.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.