Share with us your experiences of how the pandemic has affected your physical health

We would like to speak to people in the north east Essex area about the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on their physical health and lifestyle.

At Healthwatch Essex, we seek to capture the lived experience of local residents to create opportunities to shape wellbeing services and policy for others living within Essex. The information gathered during this project will be shared with Suffolk and North East Essex Integrated Care System to help guide and inform their provision of services in the area.

We would welcome hearing from you if you are happy to tell us about how the pandemic has affected you physically. Did working from home or being able to get out and about as much during the restrictions contribute to weight gain, lower fitness levels or perhaps an increase in smoking or alcohol consumption? Or did less commuting and the ability to organise your own time mean that you were able to start an exercise programme that you didn’t have time for before? Have any of these effects further impacted on your life; perhaps you have gained weight and have now been told that your BMI is too high for an operation that you have been waiting for? Perhaps you contracted Covid-19 and have been left with long term affects from the virus?

If you are interested in this project, please contact our Information and Guidance Team at or call us on 0300 500 1895.

Consultation Closes

30th September 2021