Kiwis benefiting from lifestyle prescriptions
Hon Dr Jonathan Coleman
Minister of Health
3rd March 2017
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says more adults and their
families are benefiting from medication-free healthy lifestyle
"The Government is committed to supporting New Zealanders to
live healthier more active lives away from hospitals," says Dr
"One of the ways we are doing this is through Green
Prescriptions, which contain advice on nutrition and physical
activity. Local initiatives range from cooking classes to
motivational texts, and a range of options to be active.
"There are a variety of reasons someone might receive a Green
Prescription from their GP or practice nurse. Patients may have
type 2 diabetes or pre-diabetes, at risk of stroke, have arthritis
or have weight issues.
"There has been an increase in the number of referrals for
support in the second quarter of 2016/2017 to 11,818 compared to
the same time last year when there were 11,225 referrals for
"A total of 284 children from 267 families were referred to the
Green Prescriptions Active Families programme. More children under
five and their families are also starting to be referred to the
programme as a result of the new Raising Health Kids health
"It's great to see that more New Zealanders are getting the
extra support they need to develop long-term lifestyle changes so
they can get well and stay well."
Green Prescription services are provided by a range of
organisations across New Zealand including local regional sports
trusts, primary health organisations and NGOs.
Media contact: Angela Kenealy
March 3, 2017