Health and care staff in Northamptonshire will soon find it even easier to empower local people to make healthier lifestyle choices – thanks to the launch of a handy new app.
The smartphone and tablet app is due to be launched in mid-June and is linked to the ‘Making Every Contact Count’ (MECC) approach to improving health and wellbeing.
Many of the long-term diseases affecting people in our county can be attributed lifestyle risk factors like smoking, drinking alcohol, being overweight, not exercising and having high blood pressure.
Making changes to address these factors can help people reduce their risk of poor health significantly. MECC works on the basis that because healthcare, local authority and voluntary sector workers have thousands of contacts with people every day, they are especially well placed to promote healthy lifestyles to others.
The new MECC app, funded by Health Education England and developed through a project between Northamptonshire Health and Care Partnership organisations working with local digital company Zinc Digital and other external partners, will provide staff with easy-to-access information and training resources to help people make healthier lifestyle choices.
It will initially be launched to staff working in GP practices – though it will also be available to anyone working in health and care who feels they might benefit from using the app.