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Many long-terms diseases in our population are closely linked to known behavioural risk factors. Around 40% of the UK's disability adjusted life years lost are attributable to tobacco, hypertension, alcohol, being overweight or being physically inactive.

Making changes such as stopping smoking, improving diet, increasing physical activity, losing weight and reducing alcohol consumption can help people to reduce their risk of poor health significantly. Making every contact count (MECC) is an approach to behaviour change that utilises the millions of day to day interactions that organisations and people have with other people to encourage changes in behaviour that have a positive effect on the health and wellbeing of individuals, communities and populations.

This website provides resources and information to support people and organisations implementing MECC and has been developed with multi-agency input at local, regional and national level. Development of this site and its content would not have been possible without the combined efforts of many partner organisations who have all agreed to share their work and contribute to a joined up approach to Making Every Contact Count.


Healthy Conversations session, Severnside Housing, 25 October 2017

Healthy Conversations presentation (pdf)

Fact Zone

Among adult smokers, about two-thirds report that they took up smoking before the age of 18