For a lot of us it can be a real challenge to start and maintain physical activity. Being physically active has many benefits such as feeling good, having more energy, increased fitness and preventing or controlling medical conditions.
Exercise helps you to:
Feel more confident, happy and relaxed
Have more energy
Improve cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar levels
Maintain a healthy weight
Reduce stress and help with feelings of anxiety or depression
Improve sleeping habits
Keep bones strong
Help with some respiratory conditions such as asthma
Reduce the pain of arthritis
Reduce the risk of some types of cancer
Reduce the risk of falling
A green prescription is written advice from your doctor or practice nurse to be ACTIVE.
Referral to the Green Prescription programme gives you support to help improve your health and feel better. Most people will benefit from being more active. People with heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, impaired glucose tolerance, depression, arthritis and obesity are most likely to benefit.
Once a green prescription has been recommended by your GP an initial consultation is arranged for you to meet one of the trained green prescription team to discuss appropriate physical activity and healthy food options available in the community. You will get help and encouragement with setting goals and ongoing support and motivation with physical activity. There is also the chance to meet other people in the community who are choosing to be more active.
If you need help to get more active then speak to your doctor or practice nurse to get a Green Prescription or visit www.moh.govt.nz/greenprescription for more information.