What Is a Green Prescription

Green Prescription (GRx) is a health professional's written advice to a client to be physically active, as part of the client's health management. 

Many of the referrals for Green Prescription are to support prevention and management in clients with chronic disease and long term conditions such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes; there are also a number of referrals for conditions such as arthritis, depression and general weight management.

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Sport Canterbury's Green Prescription team will talk your client through their current activity level, and help them to set an activity plan and realistic goals suited to their individual needs, health and lifestyle. 

Find out more about Green Prescription.

Referral Criteria

To be eligible for a Green Prescription, your client must be:

  • 16 years or over
  • Inactive (engaged in less than 30 minutes of moderate activity five or more days of the week)
  • Motivated to increase their level of activity
  • Medically stable
  • Able to engage in low to moderate physical activity

How Can a Green Prescription Help Your Client?

  • Individual consultation via phone or face to face
  • Activity programme plans suited to the client's needs
  • Monthly telephone calls for three to four months
  • Group support in a community setting for two months (Be Active programmes)
  • Client's progress is reported back to the referring health professional at the end of the three to four month period
  • Variety of activity tasters (Have a Go sessions)
  • Green Prescription also provides (to a limited extent) support on nutrition, smoking cessation and alcohol screening

For further information, please see our Green Prescription Services  page.

How to Refer

Find more information on Green Prescription referral processes and who can refer to Green Prescription.

Complete a Health Professional Referral Form .

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Dave Jeffrey
Christchurch
03 373 5042

Anna Wilson
Christchurch
03 373 5045

Kate O'Neill
Christchurch
03 373 5036

Amanda Grigg
Christchurch
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Justin Mitchell
Christchurch
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Sarah Mathewson
Christchurch
03 373 5032

Annabel Askin
Mid Canterbury
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Debbie Esler
South Canterbury
03 929 2501

Abby Wilson
Christchurch
03 373 5037

Roisin Ellis
Christchurch
03 373 5038

Natalie Cameron
Christchurch
03 373 5055

Steve Gettings
Christchurch
03 375 4867

Liv Reid
Christchurch
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Kim Foy
Christchurch
0800 22 84 83

Danielle Holden
South Canterbury
03 929 2509

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