American Journal of Medical and Clinical Sciences. 2022; 7(1):(62-73)


How did the COVID-19 Lockdown Affect Hispanic University Students’ Daily Life?

Hongwei Wang, Muhammad Mohebujjaman, Fernando G. Quintana, Melissa Villarreal

Abstract
Objective: COVID-19 has changed dramatically, including the schedules of university students. We wanted to see what and how have been changed.

Methods: We designed a questionnaire including multiple choice questions and fill in questions about student well-being before and during the COVID-19 lockdown to students at Texas A&M International University located in South Texas and analyzed the changes we observed in their daily food intake, physical activity, and sleep patterns. The questionnaire also included demographic questions. 393 students were sent the questionnaire in total. After cleaned the outlier, 387 entries were kept for data analysis.

Results: Our results indicate that the COVID-19 lockdown decreased the time that students spent on physical activities and sleep per week. By contrast, we found no association between lockdown and body mass index (BMI) changes.

Conclusion: Our results suggest that local university needs to provide free fitness classes and events to encourage student’ physical activity. The university can also host free workshops to guide students toward healthier sleep patterns. Cafeteria department on campus should design healthy meal plans so students are given the option of a more balanced daily dietary intake.
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