Title

The impact of covid‐19 on preschool‐aged children’s movement behaviors in Hong Kong: A longitudinal analysis of accelerometer‐measured data

Publication Name

International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health

Abstract

During the COVID‐19 pandemic, many preschool‐aged children were forced to remain indoors due to social distancing measures and school closures. In this study, we examined how children’s movement behaviors (sedentary behaviors, physical activity, and sleep) were affected by the pandemic. Children’s (N = 25, age = 4.4 years, SD = 0.3) movement behaviors were measured before and after the COVID outbreak, respectively. Data collected using accelerometers were analyzed using compositional data analyses. A significant change in the overall time‐use composition (F = 5.89, p = 0.002) was found. Results suggested that children spent more time sleeping (8% increase) and in moderate‐to‐vigorous physical activity (16% increase), with less time spent in sedentary behaviors (9% decrease). However, parent reports suggested that children were less active and had more screen time. In conclusion, the current evidence suggests that children’s physical activity is not negatively impacted by the pandemic. However, the continuous surveillance of movement behaviors of young children during the pandemic is needed.

Open Access Status

This publication may be available as open access

Volume

18

Issue

22

Article Number

1907

Funding Number

PDTL1819‐02

Funding Sponsor

Chinese University of Hong Kong

Share

COinS
 

Link to publisher version (DOI)

http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/ijerph182211907