Maintaining a healthy weight is important for your overall health and wellbeing, as well as lowering the risk of different diseases, conditions and cancers associated with being overweight.

Many individuals in the UK struggle with their weight. In fact, one in every four adults is obese (a term to describe a person who's very overweight, with a lot of body fat). The body mass index (BMI) is a measure that uses your height and weight to work out if your weight is healthy. Check yours here.

If you’re overweight, why lose it?

Losing just 5% of your weight can lead to many significant health benefits including:

Reduction in Blood pressure

Reduction in cholesterol

Reduced risk of obesity-related cancers

Reduced risk of developing type 2 diabetes

Improves life expectancy

Lose Weight Happily

We believe in helping people to #LoseWeightHappily. This consists of positive, motivational and educational solutions to help you lose weight for good. 

We completely empathise that losing weight can be difficult, emotional and testing. But that’s why we’re here to help you.

We are offering FREE or SUBSIDISED weight loss courses delivered in a wide variety of formats. You’ll have full control of which solution to pick. 

It’s your weight loss, your way. 

Three easy steps to losing weight

  • Complete our online assessment where you'll provide your details - including your height and weight.
  • We then calculate your BMI and display the programme options.
  • Book your course to start losing weight.
Get Started Today

Lose weight, your way

Take control of your own weight loss journey and choose the course delivery best-suited to you

  Online Self-Service Online courses completed at your own pace.
  Video workshop Learn by watching videos online
  Face-to-face Support led away from the screen and in person
  1-to-1 Phone Calls Support delivered over the phone
  Print Course Print out all the support and knowledge you need
  1-to-1 Video Calls Support delivered via video calls

Free Weight Loss Courses, for Essex people

Now's the time to let go of short-term diets in favour of long-lasting lifestyle changes



My Weight Matters

My Weight Matters is not designed to be a diet or a quick-fix solution. This programme promotes weight loss in a safe, steady, and sustained way.

Following NHS guidance, My Weight Matters places a focus on healthy eating, portion management, and keeping active. These evidence-based sessions cover dietary and physical advice whilst supporting you to adopt overall healthier habits.

  • Face to face drop-in sessions (click here for list of locations)
  • Online induction session with a Weight Management Practitioner and group support 
  • Self-managed online with access to programme and content to access at your own pace
Suitable for everyone aged 18 and over

The Low Carb Programme

The Low Carb Programme is a self-guided programme. Participants can benefit from information, skills, tips and support to help you to adopt a low-carb approach and achieve their health goals.

  • Online induction session with a Weight Management Practitioner and with group support 
  • Self-managed go-at-your-own-page online version with access to programme content 

You will be invited to join the EWS Low Carb Facebook group and access to the Freshwell App and be part of the supportive online community of clients all on the Low Carb programme.

Suitable for everyone aged 18 and over


MAN v FAT Football is a network of weight loss football clubs and players can score goals on and off the pitch, as weight loss progress directly impacts your team's performance.

There's no upper age limit and you can go completely at your own pace, so you don't need to worry about your fitness levels.

There is a monthly fee to pay, but if you enter the following code into the promotion code box as you register, you will receive a unique discount just for Essex Wellbeing Service customers:


MAN v FAT leagues in Essex are in Colchester, Colchester Shrub End, Braintree, Basildon, Bishop Stortford, Romford, Maldon, Chelmsford and Harlow

For Men with BMI of 27.5 or over

Register Here


The Body Coach app

Discover the feel-good way to transform your body and mind with The Body Coach app, from Joe Wicks.

With a structured, tailored fitness and food plan, you’ll burn fat, build your fitness and improve your overall health.

The workouts are quick but effective, and tailored to your level of fitness and ability - from ultimate beginner through to advanced. Plus, you’ll get tasty recipes, tailored to your body, goals and activity levels.

You’ll unlock new workouts and recipes every month to help you progress towards your goals, and you can join the incredible app community for support every step of the way.

The plan has already transformed hundreds of thousands of lives. Start your journey today with the EWS 10% discount.

Suitable for everyone aged 18 and over

Register Here

Child Lifestyle Service

We offer support for all school-aged children in Essex, and their families. We provide a judgement-free service that is centred around the family’s current level of knowledge and their specific needs. This is a person-centred approach and can be tailored to individual families, rather than a one-size fits all programme. Our friendly, supportive Coaches will work with you to encourage lots of small changes that together can make a big difference.

We work with families face to face or virtually, and can offer help and advice across a range of topics such as nutrition, activity and behaviour change.

Suitable for children aged between 4 and 17

Compare our courses

Find out which course is best suited for you.


  My Weight Matters Child Lifestyle Service Low Carb Programme MAN v FAT Football The Body Coach app
4 - 17        
Delivery method
Video Face2Face        
Video Based      
Learning Type
Self Directed    
Course Length
5 Weeks        
12 Weeks        
6 month access (no time limits)      
Discounted Cost      
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Why now?

The best time to put your health and happiness first is always today. We have limited spaces available on these courses too, so don’t waste any time.
We want to help as many people as possible to feel confident with their weight and motivated to sustain it.

To help with this, we’ve also set up a #LoseWeightHappily Facebook Group