Regional U-Report poll on nutrition and physical activity during the COVID-19 pandemic

Voices of adolescents and youth from Latin America and the Caribbean on nutrition and physical activity

A group of adolescents are sharing healthy snacks.


On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a global pandemic. This pandemic affected the lives of millions of children, adolescents, and young people globally and across Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) countries.

UNICEF launched a series of polls using the U-Report platform to collect information from the perspective of LAC adolescents and youth and learn more about the effects of the pandemic on different dimensions of their lives in the Latin American and Caribbean region. As part of these polls, a first regional poll on Nutrition and Physical Activity was conducted between July and August 2020 with eight participating LAC countries. A follow-up survey covering 17 countries was carried out eight months later (between April and May 2021).

This summary presents the main findings of the latest poll to generate evidence to support relevant stakeholders’ decision-making in aspects related to changes in food environments and systems. Through the digital platform U-Report, we listen to the voices of adolescents and young people in the region to amplify their recommendations, promote positive lifestyle changes during and after the pandemic, and support UNICEF programmes in the region.

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