Green Prescription with Sport Canterbury
Sport Canterbury’s Green Prescription team supports being active as an opportunity to enhance physical and mental as well as social wellbeing. Green Prescription provides support and motivation to increase your physical activity levels. Free clinics are run at a number of venues around Christchurch and Canterbury.
This free service provides the guidance to get started – and get active. Sport Canterbury’s Green Prescription team will talk through your current activity level, and help you set an activity plan and realistic goals suited to your individual needs, health and lifestyle.
Four months of ongoing support and advice are then offered to help you stay on track, and adjust your activity plan to match your changing fitness.
In addition to the individual consultations, Sport Canterbury’s Green Prescription team also provides a group activity session and a variety of activity tasters.
For more information and to get involved, call 0800 ACTIVE.
How Green Prescription Works
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.
The health professional (GP or practice nurse) issues a Green Prescription provided the person is:
- 18 years or over
- Medically stable and able to engage in low to moderate activity
- The script is forwarded through to Green Prescription staff at the nearest Sport Canterbury office.
Sport Canterbury’s Green Prescription Support Person will then contact the patient to initiate a series of consultations about their activity level. This could be through:
- monthly telephone calls for 3-4 months
- group support in a community setting for three months.
The patient’s progress is reported back to the referring health professional.
Green Prescription: More Information
For more information on the Green Prescription programme, please contact Sport Canterbury:
Greater Christchurch - Sophie Vabulis, 03 373 5037
Mid Canterbury - Jacqui Welch, 03 307 0475
South Canterbury - Debbie Esler, 03 686 0751, ext 1
West Coast - Michael Davey, 03 768 6182 or 0800 228 483
Or call 0800 ACTIVE
About Sport Canterbury
Sport Canterbury is committed to "making it happen" in communities throughout the Canterbury and West Coast region. The Trust delivers a number of innovative events and programmes that improve access to sport and physical activity for people of all ages.
Sport Canterbury staff work alongside the Canterbury, South Canterbury and West Coast District Health Boards to deliver health and social benefits for the wider community.