Special Issue "Lifestyle, Physical Activity Level, and Sedentary Behavior of Children and Their Families during the COVID-19 Pandemic"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Health Behavior, Chronic Disease and Health Promotion".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (20 June 2023) | Viewed by 3066
Less than two years on from the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, health consequences with varying degrees of severity can be identified. Restrictions and quarantine related to the pandemic may lead to a significant increase in changes regarding health behavior. The consequence of the pandemic may include increased use of sedentary time, increased use of electronic devices or modified health behavior patterns, such as sleep or eating disturbances or decreased physical activity (PA).
According to the new 2019 World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations, special attention should be paid to ensure that an appropriate dose of physical activity, less sitting behavior, and electronic device use and sleeping time is maintained for health. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, WHO recommendations became a priority in educating the public about the health consequences of sedentary lifestyles. A search of the literature indicated that this issue has not yet been well defined in groups of children, youth, adults and elderly people.
Considering the aforementioned issues and the prolonged periods of social isolation associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a risk of perpetuating unhealthy lifestyles, leading to difficulties in readaptation after the COVID-19 crisis. Therefore, it is important to assess the risk factors for the whole family—children, youth, adults and older adults. The purpose of this collection of research collection is to add to the current knowledge on:
- Physical activity levels during the pandemic period;
- Changes in health behaviors and their consequences;
- Ways of motivating individuals to increase physical activity after restrictions;
- Sleeping and eating disturbances;
- Quality of life;
- New WHO recommendations.
Dr. Anna Brzek
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- physical activity
- sedentary behavior
- sleep habits
- eating habits
- Covid-19 pandemic