3rd Mar, 2021

Warwickshire's women and children affected greatest by pandemic

THE PANDEMIC has impacted greatest on women and children in Warwickshire a survey has shown.

Warwickshire County Council (WCC) and Coventry City Council (CCC) carried out a survey following the previous lockdown and school closures, which found negative effects on people’s wellbeing including low mood, loneliness, higher alcohol intake and patterns of unhealthy eating.

While they found the wellbeing of most people had been affected, the impact on young people and women was greatest.

To ensure residents can take steps to protect themselves physically and mentally, local authorities are getting ready to launch Wellbeing for Life, a campaign which builds on the legacy from the Year of Wellbeing in 2019.

The campaign was introduced across Coventry and Warwickshire to significantly raise the profile of the healthy opportunities available to residents – reaching more than a million people through events, online wellbeing pledges and social media activity.

Wellbeing for Life builds on this and pushes into a new year with new ways to encourage everyone to look after their physical and mental wellbeing. Due to the pandemic, the campaign has adapted to a virtual programme, but will still be offering the great support delivered by the Year of Wellbeing.

Locally, there are services available now, for free to support lifestyle changes, including Fitter Futures Warwickshire which is available online and aims to support people to improve their health. This may include maintaining a healthy weight, being active and having a healthier lifestyle.

County council health spokesman Les Caborn, said: “I’m very pleased to see the launch of Wellbeing for Life, especially at this time when looking after our wellbeing, and the wellbeing of others, has never been more important.

“Supporting the region to work towards a healthier lifestyle is one of the county council’s top priorities. The Wellbeing for Life campaign will offer support to residents by providing advice and help on how to increase physical activity, make healthier choices, quit smoking which can in turn improve mental health.

“Remember, support is always available across the county for people who need it. Look after yourselves and your loved ones, be safe.”

Visit www.warwickshire.gov.uk/mentalhealth for more information and resources.

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