Targeting Sedentary Behavior in Minority Populations as a Feasible Health Strategy during and beyond COVID-19: On Behalf of ACSM-EIM and HL-PIVOT
AuthorsLassalle, Patricia Pagan
Meyer, Michelle L.
Faghy, Mark A.
Joseph, Rodney P.
AffiliationUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Healthy Living for Pandemic Event Protection (HL-PIVOT) Network, Chicago, IL
The University of Alabama in Huntsville, Huntsville, AL
University of Derby
University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL
University of Portland, Portland, OR
Arizona State University, Phoenix AZ
MetadataShow full item record
AbstractIncreased sedentary behavior has been an unintended consequence of social and physical distancing restrictions needed to limit transmission of SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Sedentary behavior is defined as any waking behavior characterized by an energy expenditure ≤1.5 METs while in a sitting, reclining, or lying posture. These restrictions negatively affect peoples’ cardiometabolic and mental health and disproportionately affect certain sectors of the population, including racial/ethnic minorities. In part, the higher risk for complications of COVID-19 could be the result of an increased prevalence of comorbid diseases. Further, regular participation and adherence to current physical activity guidelines, defined as at least 150 min·wk−1 of moderate-intensity physical activity or muscle strengthening activities on 2 or more days a week, is challenging for many and may be especially difficult to achieve during the COVID-19 pandemic. A practical strategy to promote health and well-being during COVID-19 is reducing sedentary behavior. Reducing sedentary behaviors (e.g., breaking up periods of prolonged sitting with light-intensity physical activity) may be more easily achieved than physical activity for all individuals, including individuals of racial/ethnic decent, as it does not require purchasing equipment nor require compromising the physical restrictions necessary to slow the spread of COVID-19. The purpose of this commentary is to argue that sedentary behavior is a feasible, independent target to modify during COVID-19, particularly in minority populations, and to address this behavior we need to consider individual, environmental, and policy-level factors.
CitationLassalle, P.P., Meyer, M.L., Conners, R., Zieff, G., Rojas, J., Faghy, M.A., Arena, R., Vermeesch, A., Joseph, R.P. and Stoner, L., (2021). 'Targeting Sedentary Behavior in Minority Populations as a Feasible Health Strategy during and beyond COVID-19: On Behalf of ACSM-EIM and HL-PIVOT'. Translational Journal of the American College of Sports Medicine, 6(4), pp. 1-5.
JournalTranslational Journal of the ACSM
The following license files are associated with this item:
- Creative Commons
Except where otherwise noted, this item's license is described as Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 International