Making Every Contact Count


MECC Roundel Making Every Contact Count (MECC)
Organisations that commit to and support MECC will see improved health and wellbeing of the population they serve and the staff that deliver that service.
Professor David Walker - Director of Public Health, NHS Midlands and East

As a health and wellbeing Trust, Lancashire Care wants to ensure that people lead a healthy lifestyle. We want to make sure that everyone has access to the advice and the support that they need to stay healthy and well, and improve their quality of life. These pages are to share some of our thoughts and approaches with you. Please email us at mecc@lancashirecare.nhs.uk or phone 01772 695320 with any feedback.

The main focus of our healthy conversations is on five areas that can have the greatest impact on a person’s overall health and wellbeing:
  • Exercise: we will help people to start to get active (read more about our Fit Squad)
  • Alcohol: we will raise awareness to minimise harm from alcohol or reduce risky drinking and signpost people if they want some support with this
  • Nicotine: we will help people to stop and all of our services and facilities became smoke free in January 2015 (read more about our Quit Squad)
  • Diet: we will talk to people about the importance of a balanced diet, getting their 5 a day and give them healthy meal ideas, see here for more (read more about our Fit Squad)
There is strong evidence to suggest that by focusing on these four areas, a person can reduce the risk of developing a disease later in life such as cancer or heart failure. We also know that by leading a healthier lifestyle people can add up to 14 years onto their life and increase their quality of life. There is good evidence to support the focus on these four lifestyle behaviours.

In the UK, individuals who did not engage in any of these four behaviours were 3.5 times more likely to die over a 20-year period than those who did. Annual costs to the NHS of cigarette smoking, alcohol-related conditions, physical inactivity and poor diet have been estimated to be £13.3bn. The WHO estimates that if these ‘big four’ behavioural risk factors were eliminated, up to ‘80% of heart diseases, stroke and type 2 diabetes and over a third of cancers could be prevented’.

Why are we doing this?

We really believe that it is the right thing to do. As the main provider of health and wellbeing services for the county we should be making sure that everyone that uses our service has the information and the opportunity to make some changes that could improve their health and quality of life.
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Guidance from the Chief Medical Officer on how much exercise people should do. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/uk-physical-activity-guidelines
Physical activity guidelines from NHS Choices. http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/fitness/Pages/physical-activity-guidelines-for-adults.aspx
Change 4 Life physical activity pages. http://www.nhs.uk/Change4Life/Pages/be-more-active.aspx
Couch to 5K information and support
British Heart Foundation-exercise calorie counter https://www.bhf.org.uk/heart-health/preventing-heart-disease/staying-active/exercise-calorie-calculator
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NHS Choices - Alcohol Pages http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/alcohol/Pages/Alcoholhome.aspx
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NHS Choices - Stop smoking pages http://www.nhs.uk/livewell/smoking/Pages/stopsmokingnewhome.aspx

Do you want some help getting healthy?

If you want more advice or support about leading a healthier lifestyle please use the links below. If there is a specific issue that you are worried about then you should see your GP in the first instance.
There are some great Apps out there to support you as you change your lifestyle for the better. Why not try those below and let us know what you think.
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Live life to the full with this easy to use Five Ways to Wellbeing app. It offers a practical way to help you feel good and function well in the world. http://apps.nhs.uk/app/five-ways-to-wellbeing/
Thousands of people have tried Couch to 5k and been amazed by the results - now it's your turn to give it a go! http://www.nhs.uk/change4life/pages/couch-to-5k.aspx
Stepwise - a pedometer, health tracker and step counter http://apps.nhs.uk/app/stepwise/
Created for those who want to stop smoking, the Smokefree app is a 4 week programme that puts practical support, encouragement and tailored advice in the palm of your hand. http://www.nhs.uk/Tools/Pages/iphonesmoking.aspx
If you would like more information about how we are implementing making every contact count or any of the areas working in please email us at mecc@lancashirecare.nhs.uk or phone 01772 695320.