first_img Know the Score, an interactive, peer-led program designed to givestudents between the ages of 19 and 24 the facts about gambling,will be offered at six post-secondary institutions across NovaScotia in January and February. The announcement, made today, Jan. 13, by the Nova Scotia GamingCorporation and the Responsible Gambling Council, followspositive results from two pilot programs conducted at DalhousieUniversity and the University College of Cape Breton duringResponsible Gaming Awareness Week in October 2004. Over a four-day period, more than 2,000 students at these schools took partin the program. “The success of the two pilots confirm that Know the Score is aneffective way to get accurate information about gambling out topeople in this age group, who studies suggest are at a higherrisk of developing gambling problems,” said Marie Mullally,president and CEO of the gaming corporation. “By extending theprogram to other campuses across the province, we are working toheighten awareness, a key factor in the prevention of gamblingproblems.” In post-program surveys, 82 per cent of respondents said theirparticipation in the Know the Score program increased theirawareness of the risks associated with gambling, while 88 percent said they had gained awareness of places they could turn ifthey required help to control their gambling. Know the Score dispels some common myths regarding odds andrandomness, shares signs of problem gambling, tells studentswhere they can get help with gambling-related problems, andhighlights ways to limit risks. The program uses a highly visiblebooth located on campus. Through it, students are encouraged toparticipate in a quiz that tests their knowledge about gambling.A trained student talks to the quiz taker in a dialogue about theanswers, ensuring that the participant understands the correctinformation. “We have found that bringing the interactive information tostudents in their everyday environment is the most effective wayof reaching them,” said Laurie Bell, director of preventionprograms for the Responsible Gambling Council, the non-profitorganization that created the program. “We’re looking forward toextending the program to other schools in Nova Scotia in the yearahead.” Know the Score will be available: Jan. 17-20 at Nova Scotia Agricultural College (Truro) and Nova Scotia Community College, Marconi Campus (Sydney); Feb. 7-10 at Saint Mary’s University (Halifax) and Acadia University (Wolfville); Feb. 14-17 at St. Francis Xavier University (Antigonish)and Nova Scotia Community College, Lunenburg Campus (Bridgewater). N.S. GAMING CORP.–Gambling Awareness Program for StudentsExtendedcenter_img For more information about Know the Score in Nova Scotia, contactthe Nova Scotia Gaming Corporation at 902-424-2203.last_img