Health researchers at the University of Bath are leading a new study to understand more about the effects of social distancing and isolation on our individual lifestyle habits, including exercise patterns, what we eat and our mental wellbeing.

By asking participants from throughout the UK to complete a short survey, the researchers want to look at the changes people have made during this period, what factors have driven them and, more broadly, what can be learnt from this.

The survey can be completed anonymously, or for those who are interested the researchers will run follow-up surveys at 6 and 12 months and will invite participants to take part in a telephone interview. By taking part in this survey there is no obligation to take part in the follow-up surveys or an interview.

Dr Tania Griffin from the Department for Health explained: “We are aware social distancing and isolation measures will have impacted people’s lifestyle habits in various ways. We are keen to find out more about individual experiences during this time and look at what we can learn to support people’s health going forwards."

  • Take part in the research study here:;
  • This project has been approved by the University of Bath, Research Ethics Approval Committee for Health (REACH) [reference: EP 19/20 041];
  • If you have questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the team -