General MECC messages

General public health MECC MESSAGES align with back pain prevention. As a professional, you may be able to refer to some of these MECC messages in your conversation about back pain.

1. Keep active

Do regular physical activity and avoid a sedentary lifestyle.

This message echoes the "EXERCISE" message for LBP.

There are multiple benefits in keeping active, such as reducing your risk of heart disease, stroke, certain cancers, anxiety and depression.By regular we mean 150 minutes of moderate physical activity per week.

One way of achieving this can be to do 30 minutes of activity 5 times a week.

By moderate we mean doing some activity that makes you feel a little warmer, breathe a little faster and have an increased heart rate. In addition to cardiovascular activity it is important to include activities that help with strength-building and flexibility.

2. Quit smoking

[box]You are 4 times more likely to successfully quit smoking if you get support from Stop Smoking ServicesSmoking may affect risk of back pain via damage caused to tissues, and can affect recovery from health conditions.


3. Lose weight

Adopt a healthy diet in order to achieve and maintain a healthy weight.

Extra weight is a risk factor for a number of health conditions and can put pressure on the spine.

Having a healthy diet is important: Base your meals around starchy foods such as bread, potatoes and rice; eat 5 portions of fruit and vegetables each day; reduce sugar, salt and saturated fats.

Being active is also an important factor in weight loss and weight loss and weight loss maintenance.

4. Look after your mental health and wellbeing

Follow the 5 ways to well-being: Keep Active, Keep in Touch, Keep Learning, Take Notice and Give something back to others.

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