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Step Up! Bystander Intervention

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Bridgewater College has been awarded a three year grant by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) to reduce the risk associated with alcohol use by our students. As part of the Choices grant, Step Up! – a bystander intervention training program has been implemented across campus. The goal of Step Up! is to make our campus a safer place to live, work and study and teach the College community how one person can make a difference to prevent dangerous situations.

Bridgewater College’s Step Up! program is a leadership training program developed in part by Becky Bell of Arizona Athletics and the Commitment to an Athlete’s Total Success (CATS) program. Bell created the Step Up! program in collaboration with the NCAA and national experts as a pro-social behavior and bystander intervention program that educates students to be proactive in helping others.

The departments of student life, health and human sciences and athletics have partnered to take the concepts of Bell’s Step Up! program to reduce the risk associated with alcohol use by students on campus, as well as use these concepts in prevention activities for topics such as depression, sexual assault, violence and discrimination.

Bystander Intervention Program

Alcohol Can Impact Athletic Performance in the Following Ways:

  • Alcohol use cancels out gains from your workout
  • Alcohol causes dehydration and slows down the body’s ability to heal
  • Alcohol can deplete your source of energy
  • Alcohol use hampers memory and retention
  • Alcohol inhibits ones ability to learn new information
  • Alcohol causes the constriction of metabolism and endurance
  • Alcohol use inhibits absorption of nutrients
  • Alcohol use requires increase conditioning to maintain weight
  • Consuming 5 or more alcoholic beverages in one night can affect the brain and body activities for up to three days
  • Two consecutive nights of drinking five or more alcoholic beverages can affect brain and body activities for up to 5 days.

For more information see For the Athlete: Alcohol and Athletic Performance (.pdf)

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Contact Information

Liz Howley (Wellness Coordinator)
540-828-5356 or

Jill Lassiter (Associate Professor, Faculty Advisor to Choices)
540-28-5416 or

Lis Schulz (Softball coach, Athletic Representative to Choices)
540-828-5390 or