Print this topic

HealthInfo Canterbury

Green Prescription for getting active

Puka Rongoā Kākāriki


Green Prescription is a free service for people aged 16 and over. It provides support and motivation to improve individual and whānau/family wellbeing through physical activity and lifestyle improvements.

A healthy lifestyle adviser works with you to set achievable goals to increase your motivation to be more active. Your healthy lifestyle adviser can provide you with resources and advice about eating well, physical activity and general wellbeing.

The service also gives you the opportunity to take part in physical activity taster sessions and attend Be Active programmes.

Be Active is an eight-week lifestyle programme that lets you try a range of activities in a safe and supportive setting. Each weekly session lasts 1½ hours. It includes an element of physical activity as well as an education component. Education topics covered include eating well, motivation and goal setting.

The Ministry of Health and Pegasus Health fund Green Prescription in Canterbury, so there's no cost except for a small charge for the Be Active programmes.

Ask your GP, practice nurse or allied health professional such as a chiropractor, dietitian, occupational therapist, osteopath, physiotherapist or podiatrist if Green Prescription could be right for you.

You can also phone 0800-ACTIVE (0800-228-483) or fill in a Green Prescription self-referral form online.

  HealthInfo recommends the following pages

Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Last reviewed May 2020. Last updated March 2021.

Page reference: 39550

Review key: HIKEA-53695