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A Pilot Study on the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Physical Activity and Well-Being of United States Military Veterans in Alaska

May, 2021
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This pilot study explores whether the compulsory stay at home order implemented during the COVID-19 pandemic, effected the physical activity and well being of veterans in Alaska. 16 veterans living in Alaska took part in the pilot study, data on physical health and well-being for each veteran was collected. Results indicate that the compulsory stay-at-home order negatively impacted the sample, specifically with respect to physical activity and overall satisfaction with health. Recommendations of further research are made.

Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic and measures taken in response to the pandemic, including compulsory stay-at-home orders, have negatively impacted people’s physical and mental well-being in the United States (US). These issues may be exacerbated in US military veterans; however, little to no research has examined the impact of compulsory stay-at-home orders on veterans. The goal of this pilot study was thus to examine the impact of the COVID-19 compulsory stay-at-home order in Alaska on physical activity and overall well-being of veterans living in Alaska. A total of 16 veterans living in Alaska completed an online survey that assessed their physical activity and overall well-being in the month prior to the compulsory stay-at-home order and in a month during the compulsory stay-at-home order. Results indicated a statistically significant decrease in the participants’ physical activity and overall satisfaction with their health, as well as a borderline significant decrease in environmental well-being. These results, while limited in generalizability due to the small sample size, provide initial insight into the impacts of the compulsory stay-at-home order in Alaska on veterans and call for additional research and the creation of interventions to provide veterans with alternate methods to engage in physical activity and promote their overall well-being.

Full Reference

O'Connor, A. A., & Worthington, A. K. (2021). A Pilot Study on the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Physical Activity and Well-Being of United States Military Veterans in Alaska. Journal of Veterans Studies, 7(1), 131–137. DOI: http://doi.org/10.21061/jvs.v7i1.228

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