Graduate project

Physical Activity of Youth and Adolescents during COVID-19

Starting March 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic caused a variety of changes in American youth and adolescent’s daily activities during the span of the shelter-in-place. Due to the establishment of shelter-in-place by the government, school closures have forced students to attend classes virtually. This has impacted the physical activity of youth and adolescents in one way or another since they lack the same access to in-person physical education they had before the shelter-in-place order. The goal of this project was to examine how COVID-19 shelter-in-place orders affect the physical activity level of youth and adolescents. A survey was designed to collect data from parents about their children in regard to the effects of COVID-19 on their physical activity levels, which portrayed negative effects. Based on the results, appropriate health communication strategies were created to promote and increase physical activity among youth and adolescents during a shelter-in-place.