Experiences related to making healthy physical activity lifestyle choices during the COVID-19 pandemic: a qualitative study in a Teesside-based adult BAME population

Johnson Mbabazi , Fiona MacGregor, Jeff Breckon, Barry Tolchard, Edward Kunonga, Dorothy Nalweyiso, Fashina Abiola, Lawrence Nnyanzi

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Studies indicated that prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the majority of adult Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) individuals lived a sedentary lifestyle, which exacerbated their physical inactivity behaviours during the COVID-19 subsequent lockdowns. Experiences related to
making healthy physical activity (PA) lifestyle choices in adult BAME individuals during the COVID-19 pandemic were mapped onto the capability, opportunity, and motivation model of behaviour (COM-B model). Twelve adult BAME participants were interviewed using one-on one, semi-structured interviews that lasted 45–60min, which captured participant perceptions of PA engagement during the pandemic between April and August 2022 via Microsoft Teams. Using thematic analysis, three themes were generated and successfully mapped onto the
modified COM-B model. These include the influence of culture on the PA lifestyle, the capability to engage in the PA lifestyle, and the self-reflective determination model. Although existing literature has used both the COM-B and the self-determination models, these have
been generalised findings that are not representative of adult BAME individuals’ lived PA participation experiences. This enabled the modification of the COM-B and self-reflective determination models to reflect the experiences of adult BAME individuals with respect to PA
participation as well as improving PA culturally related policies.
Original languageEnglish
Article number2322829
Pages (from-to)p1-14
Number of pages14
JournalCogent Public Health
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 6 Mar 2024

Bibliographical note

Johnson Mbabazi is an associate lecturer at Teesside University. He is also the Co-founder and chairman of the Teesside University Health Students Research Network. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Public Health, a Fellow of the European Public Health Association, and an associate of the Royal College of Physicians. He has published a lot of peer-reviewed articles and books. A multiple international award-winning author and UK Plaque winner.

Fiona MacGregor is a Principal Lecturer for International, SHLS Allied Health at Teesside University and part of the member of the Teesside University Health Student Research Network (TUHSRN).

Jeff Breckon is Associate Dean for Research and Innovation in the School of Health and Life Sciences at Teesside University and Co-founder of TUHSRN.

Barry Tolchard is Director of Integrated Care Academy and a Co-founder TUHSRN.

Edward Kunonga is a lecturer and a member of TUHSRN at Teesside University.

Dorothy Irene Nalweyiso is Doctor of Public Health at Teesside University, part time lecturer at Makerere University and an executive committee member TUHSRN.

Abiola Fashina is A Biomedical scientist and a Public Health master’s student at Teesside University and an executive TUHSRN.

Lawrence Achilles Nnyanzi is a Senior Lecturer in Research Methods Programme Leader Doctorate in Public Health and a Co-founder of TUHSRN.


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