Health trust’s aim to make every contact count

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HIGH PEAK patients may be asked about their lifestyle next time they have an appointment with Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, as part of a new initiative.

The trust is reminding locals that staff may talk to them about their lifestyle in order to improve their health and wellbeing as helping people to stop smoking, drink less alcohol, eat more healthily, be more physically active and keep to a healthy weight could help someone live up to 14 years longer on average than someone who led an unhealthy lifestyle.

Staff are being trained to have lifestyle conversations with the public and each other as part of an initiative called Making Every Contact Count (MECC), which is designed to encourage everyone to make the most of opportunities to highlight areas which could really improve health.


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