Too many people die early and live in poor health due to largely avoidable diseases and illnesses. The most common killer diseases include cancer, heart disease, stroke, respiratory and liver disease and many are directly related to lifestyle (e.g. what we eat and drink, whether we smoke, how active we are).
By making small lifestyle changes, people can feel significantly better, live more satisfying lives and be healthy for longer.
Brief interventions, focusing on evidence-based messages about stopping smoking, drinking alcohol sensibly, increasing physical activity, maintaining a healthy weight, a healthy diet and mental wellbeing are effective in supporting people to live healthier lives.
MECC is a way of building on the conversations that we are already having with patients, service users or members of the public and looking out for appropriate opportunities to encourage people to lead healthier lifestyles.
Who is MECC for?
MECC is an approach that can be delivered by anyone who works with patients, service users or members of the public. It doesn’t matter where you work, or what role you have; it’s about making the most of opportunities that come up in the conversations and interactions that you are already having in your day to day work.
How does MECC work?
The MECC programme involves:
How do I learn more about MECC?
A series of e-learning modules can be found on the MECC - Health Education England website (click on the Wessex, Thames Valley, Kent, Surrey, Sussex option).
What resources are available to support you?
The Public Health West Sussex contact for MECC is Dan Barritt (Tel: 03302226308 /email). Please get in touch to discuss how a MECC approach can be implemented into your organisation, team or service delivery, to order MECC resources, or to ask any other questions you have that relate to MECC.