One of the best things we can do for ourselves and our families/whanau, is to be physically active. A Green Prescription (GRx) is a health professional's written advise to become more physically active as part of their overall health management. Your health professional may decide a GRx would be good for you if:
- you are keen to become more physically active
- you want to improve your eating habits
- or you have a medical condition which would improve with a change in lifestyle
The green prescription is an internationally recognised scheme which began in 1998. Green prescriptions are available nationwide thanks to a partnership with general practice and funding from the Ministry of Health.
Who are green prescriptions for?
Green prescriptions are for anyone (young and old) who needs to be more active. There are two programmes.
Who can give a Green Prescription?
A Green Prescription is usually received from your doctor or practice nurse.
How can I get a Green Prescription?
There are several options for getting a green prescription.
- Ask your doctor or practice nurse about a Green Prescription
- Phone 0800 ACTIVE (22 84 83)
- Find local Green Prescription contacts.
What happens next?
You will be contacted by your local Green Prescription team who will put together a physical activity plan that is right for you. You will get regular encouragement and support for up to five months and the chance to make positive lifestyle changes to your physical activity and nutrition.
How a green prescription can help?
Being physically active has many benefits. Not only does it make you feel good, it can also help you to:
- have more energy
- improve cholesterol levels
- improve blood sugar levels
- maintain a healthy weight
- feel more confident, happy and relaxed
- reduce stress, feelings of anxiety and depression
- lower blood pressure
- improve sleeping habits
- keep your bones strong
- cope better with asthma and breathing problems
- increase flexibility, mobility and reduce the pain of arthritis
- reduce the risk of some types of cancer
- reduce the risk of falling.