What is Making Every Contact Count?
Making Every Contact Count (MECC) is about helping people to improve their health and wellbeing by giving them the tools to make healthy lifestyle choices like giving up smoking, eating more healthily and doing more exercise. The principle of MECC is simple. It’s not about adding to your workload. Rather, it recognises the fact that staff in the health, public and voluntary sectors have hundreds of contacts with the public every day and we have the ability to use those contacts to help change people’s behaviours for the better. MECC conversations could be about several different healthy lifestyle topics including healthy eating and physical activity, as well as alcohol, immunisation, smoking and mental wellbeing.
To find out more about MECC visit the website
Or contact the local MECC link person for Cardiff and Vale University Health Board: Elin Evans.
Phone: 02921 836 505
There is a free, level 1 MECC e-learning course available that includes case studies and videos. It offers practical advice on how to carry out opportunistic chats, signpost to other services and encourage people to make positive steps towards making a lifestyle change. You can access the e-learning here.
You could get the rest of your team or organisation to do the same – the more people that are able to have MECC conversations the better!