Green Prescription

How does Green Prescription work?

A Green Prescription (GRx) is a health professional’s written advice 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



Who can give a Green Prescription?

A Green Prescription is usually received from your Doctor or Practice Nurse.

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.

For further information please contact:

Deb Byers – Health Manager        
Telephone (06) 349 2325
Fax (06) 349 2322



Raewyn Robinson – Green Prescription Advisor
Telephone (06) 349 2328
Fax (06) 349 2322




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GRx Success Stories

Nyree initially heard about the GRx programme through the Biggest Loser Challenge at her workplace and was more than willing to give it a try. The challenge, coordinated by the Sport Whanganui GRx team offered support through the Green Prescription programme.

Before beginning Nyree admits she was inactive and didn’t feel like doing anything at all.“I had all the excuses under the sun. I was basically not exercising at all. I knew I needed to do something but didn’t know what to do or where to start. I was unfit, unhealthy, I had given up smoking and replaced it with eating. I had just enough energy for work and that’s not living. “

Nyree saw the opportunity to take up the GRx programme to create a whole new healthier way of life so she started by walking and joining the gym.
“After a few weeks I began to notice I was able to exercise without puffing. I had lost 4 kgs as well. My clothes were fitting better and I was beginning to feel my health was improving and I had more energy”.

Nyree now exercises daily at the gym and pools and has achieved a fantastic feat of losing 30kgs. Comments from others have helped her to stay active. “I am getting lots of compliments about how great I’m looking. It really motivates me to keep going and not look back. The Green Prescription programme has helped me hugely with healthy advice, regular checks and being there to support me. I have moments when things stop me from exercising but the difference now is it doesn’t last long. I have changed my whole way of thinking -I am healthier.”

Sport Whanganui’s GRx co-ordinator Deb Byers has noticed the difference in Nyree.“Nyree has made huge changes to her exercise and diet lifestyle and we are proud of her achievements. She is a truly different lady to who she was before starting the programme. Nyree is an amazing person to have in the Green Prescription programme and with her determination she will be an inspiration to others. “

“The programme has helped me hugely – I have changed my whole way of thinking -I am healthier, fitter”.