Green prescriptions

What is a green prescription?

A green prescription is a health professional’s written advice to a patient to be physically active, as part of the patient’s health management. Green prescriptions are available nationwide, thanks to a partnership with general practitioner groups, and funding from the Ministry of Health. 
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

Who are green prescriptions for? 

Green prescriptions are for anyone (young and old) who needs to be more active. There are two programmes.

Green prescription for adults  

This is for adults who need help to get more active again. Why not try:
Walking – it’s convenient and cheap. Walk on your own or in a group
Swimming or aqua fitness – there’s lots you can do in the water
Dancing – try something new and enjoyable
Gardening – fresh air and fresh vegetables
Family fun – join your kids for games in the park or backyard

How the green prescription works 
Find a green prescription contact in your area 
Visit the green prescription website