Making Every Contact Count

 New MECC logoMaking Every Contact Count (MECC) is about encouraging and helping people to make healthier choices to achieve positive long-term behaviour change. Doing this will improve health and wellbeing and reduce health inequalities.

MECC is a programme where frontline staff who have contact with the public are trained to have a ‘healthy lifestyle chat’, if appropriate, and where appropriate encourage and empower, the public to adopt healthier lifestyle behaviours such as stopping smoking, eating healthily or being physically active.

Examples are:

  • If someone has a bad cough raising the issue of smoking and signpost them to the local stop smoking services
  • If someone says they would like to get out of the house more encourage them to join a walking group and giving information of where they are
  • If someone says they are feeling a bit stressed direct them to Books on Prescription (BOP)

Objectives of MECC:

  • Systematically utilise the millions of contacts that people have with frontline staff to deliver brief advice on healthy lifestyle behaviours and to signpost people to services
  • Increase the prevalence of healthy lifestyle behaviours amongst staff and the population
  • Reduce inequalities in health that are associated with lifestyle behaviours

We know that a few minutes of personalised feedback can be as effective as longer interventions. With more than 50% of premature deaths in western countries being attributable to lifestyle choices, it is important that we all adopt the MECC philosophy and make the most of opportunities to offer advice to individuals on lifestyle matters where appropriate.

All frontline workers are in a position to see the impact of poor Health and Wellbeing in the people you come into contact with. You also appreciate the financial impact of their poor health on health services. Current statistics show:

Within North Warwickshire

  • Smoking – 14.6% of our population smoke (2014)
  • Obesity – 29.5% of adults are obese (2012-14)
  • Physical Activity – 57.5% of adults achieve the recommended levels of physical activity (2014)
  • Life Expectancy – For males is 79.3 years and 82.6 years for females (2012 – 2014)

Within Nuneaton & Bedworth

  • Smoking – 21.8% of our population smoke (2014)
  • Obesity – 25.6% of adults are obese (2012-14)
  • Physical Activity – 52.2% of adults achieve the recommended levels of physical activity (2014)
  • Life Expectancy – For males is 78.4 years and 82.7 years for females (2012 – 2014)

Within Rugby

  • Smoking – 13.9% of our population smoke (2014)
  • Obesity – 22.4% of adults are obese (2012-14)
  • Physical Activity –59.3% of adults achieve the recommended levels of physical activity (2014)
  • Life Expectancy – For males is 80.5 years and 84.1 years for females (2012 – 2014)

Within Stratford-on-Avon

  • Smoking – 12.3% of our population smoke (2014)
  • Obesity – 23.4% of adults are obese (2012-14)
  • Physical Activity – 60.3% of adults achieve the recommended levels of physical activity (2014)
  • Life Expectancy – For males is 81.2 years and 84.7 years for females (2012-2014)

Within Warwick

  • Smoking – 13.7% of our population smoke (2014)
  • Obesity – 19.4% of adults are obese (2012-14)
  • Physical Activity – 61.1% of adults achieve the recommended levels of physical activity (2014)
  • Life Expectancy – For males is 80.9 years and 84.5 years for females (2012-2014)