Introduction to MECC Course

Introduction to MECC Course

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Are you Making Every Contact Count?

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We offer FREE 1 hour Introduction to MECC training to anyone working or volunteering in the volunteer and community sector, council and health care partners, who are in the Buckinghamshire area.

What is Making Every Contact Count (MECC)?

MECC stands for Make Every Contact Count which is an approach to behaviour change that uses the millions of day-to-day interactions that organisations and people have with other people to support them in making positive changes to their physical and mental health and wellbeing.

A MECC interaction takes a matter of minutes and is not intended to add to the busy workloads of health, care and the wider workforce staff, rather it is structured to fit into and complement existing professional clinical, care and social engagement approaches.

• For organisations, MECC means providing their staff with the leadership, environment, training and information that they need to deliver the MECC approach.

• For staff, MECC means having the competence and confidence to deliver healthy lifestyle messages, to help encourage people to change their behaviour and to direct them to local services that can support them.

• For individuals, MECC means seeking support and taking action to improve their own lifestyle by eating well, maintaining a healthy weight, drinking alcohol sensibly, exercising regularly, not smoking and looking after their wellbeing and mental health.

MECC focuses on the lifestyle issues that, when addressed, can make the greatest improvement to an individual’s health:

• Stopping smoking

• Drinking alcohol only within the recommended limits

• Healthy eating

• Being physically active

• Keeping to a healthy weight

• Improving mental health and wellbeing.

Introduction to MECC Course Aims

• Define what is Making Every Contact Count

• Key principles

• How conversations about health can fit into your everyday life

• Give you the skills and confidence to have healthy conversations

If you want to find out more about this approach, this short film from NHS Health Education North West, will give you more of an insight into MECC :

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