Roundtable to promote healthy living among adolescents in drug treatment and juvenile justice institutions

Over 186,000 young men and women enter drug treatment each year. Among the nation's most troubled youth, these adolescents are vulnerable and face numerous risk factors for inadequate food intake patterns and unhealthy weight control practices. These risk factors include low socioeconomic status, minority status, poor school achievement, low family connectedness, and use of health-compromising behaviors. More than half of all adolescents in treatment have co-occurring mental disorders including depression, anxiety, or conduct disorder. Almost half are involved in the juvenile justice system. To mediate these risks and to prevent long-term health problems among young clients, treatment programs must begin to incorporate into their treatment regimen wellness programs that focus on nutrition and physical activity. The purpose of this project is to bring together a group of national experts from the fields of adolescent development, health education, nutrition, substance abuse treatment, juvenile justice, and active living, as well as Foundation staff and Phoenix House representatives, for a day-long meeting to develop recommendations for integrating healthy eating and active living policies and environments into treatment programs and other institutional care for adolescents. Project deliverables will include a white paper and final report. This project will be considered successful if it: (1) generates recommendations that are disseminated nationally to adolescent drug treatment providers and juvenile justice organizations; and (2) if these recommendations raise awareness in adolescent drug treatment programs of the importance of integrating nutrition and physical activity programs and creating health-promoting environments within adolescent residential programs.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $49,200.00

Awarded on: 6/14/2005

Time frame: 7/1/2005 - 8/31/2006

Grant Number: 51354


Phoenix House Foundation Inc.

164 West 74th Street
New York, 10023-2301

Lisa Jill Ruben
Project Director