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Predictors of Changes in Physical Activity and Sedentary Behavior during the COVID-19 Pandemic in a Turkish Migrant Cohort in Germany

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Institute of Social Medicine, Epidemiology and Health Economics, Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin, 10117 Berlin, Germany
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Institute of Global Health (HIGH), University Hospital Heidelberg, 69120 Heidelberg, Germany
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Institute for Medical Biometry and Epidemiology, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, 20251 Hamburg, Germany
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Institute of Clinical Epidemiology and Biometry, University of Würzburg, 97070 Würzburg, Germany
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State Institute of Health, Bavarian Health and Food Safety Authority, 97688 Bad Kissingen, Germany
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(18), 9682; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18189682
Received: 11 August 2021 / Revised: 7 September 2021 / Accepted: 10 September 2021 / Published: 14 September 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Physical Activity during the COVID-19 Pandemic)
The new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the resulting response measures have led to severe limitations of people’s exercise possibilities with diminished physical activity (PA) and increased sedentary behavior (SB). Since for migrant groups in Germany, no data is available, this study aimed to investigate factors associated with changes in PA and SB in a sample of Turkish descent. Participants of a prospective cohort study (adults of Turkish descent, living in Berlin, Germany) completed a questionnaire regarding COVID-19 related topics including PA and SB since February 2020. Changes in PA and SB were described, and sociodemographic, migrant-related, and health-related predictors of PA decrease and SB increase were determined using multivariable regression analyses. Of 106 participants, 69% reported a decline of PA, 36% reported an increase in SB. PA decrease and SB increase seemed to be associated with inactivity before the pandemic as well as with the female sex. SB increase appeared to be additionally associated with educational level and BMI. The COVID-19 pandemic and the response measures had persistent detrimental effects on this migrant population. Since sufficient PA before the pandemic had the strongest association with maintaining PA and SB during the crisis, the German government and public health professionals should prioritize PA promotion in this vulnerable group. View Full-Text
Keywords: physical activity; sedentary behavior; COVID-19; migrants; public health physical activity; sedentary behavior; COVID-19; migrants; public health
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Krist, L.; Dornquast, C.; Reinhold, T.; Icke, K.; Danquah, I.; Willich, S.N.; Becher, H.; Keil, T. Predictors of Changes in Physical Activity and Sedentary Behavior during the COVID-19 Pandemic in a Turkish Migrant Cohort in Germany. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 9682. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18189682

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Krist L, Dornquast C, Reinhold T, Icke K, Danquah I, Willich SN, Becher H, Keil T. Predictors of Changes in Physical Activity and Sedentary Behavior during the COVID-19 Pandemic in a Turkish Migrant Cohort in Germany. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(18):9682. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18189682

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Krist, Lilian, Christina Dornquast, Thomas Reinhold, Katja Icke, Ina Danquah, Stefan N. Willich, Heiko Becher, and Thomas Keil. 2021. "Predictors of Changes in Physical Activity and Sedentary Behavior during the COVID-19 Pandemic in a Turkish Migrant Cohort in Germany" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, no. 18: 9682. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18189682

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