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Green Prescription Success Stories

Meet Tom!

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Tom was referred to the Green Prescription Programme with numerous health issues. He was overweight, depressed and diabetic.

He had high blood pressure, chronic back pain and two knee replacements, which caused him constant pain and discomfort.Tom found it very difficult to leave the house, as he was in constant pain and needed to use crutches to be active. With encouragement from his advisor and sheer determination, he gradually increased his physical activity, he regularly used an exercycle and joined aqua classes.

As his mobility increased, he joined the Green Prescription Nordic Walking Group and completed part of the beginner circuit. He gradually built his walking up to the point he was tackling the hills.

Tom is now a key leader with the Nordic group; he regular leads the advanced group, supporting his fellow walkers and welcoming any newbies to the group.

Tom with the Nordic Walking Group in Memorial Park, Tauranga.

Tom has reached the stage where physical activity is an important part of his life. He reports he has regained his zest for life and is active most days - gardening, walking and attending exercise classes.

“Green Prescription has saved my life”.

His enthusiasm and enjoyment to keep active is in a total contrast to the man who started out in severe pain, limited mobility and not being able to leave the house. He has lost weight, lowered his blood pressure and is currently under a regime with his doctor to reduce his pain medication.

Well done Tom, you are an inspiration!

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