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ActiveVoice: Big or small, your goals count

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Verina with GRx participant Charles.

In the last 12 months, more than 3000 Bay of Plenty people have linked to Sport Bay of Plenty’s healthy lifestyle programme: Green Prescription.

Green Prescription is a six-month starter programme designed to support inactive people to develop a healthy lifestyle through increasing their physical activity and improving their nutritional choices.

On receiving a referral from a GP practice, Sport BOP invite the person referred to meet with a Green Prescription advisor. At this meeting, the participant – with the help of the Green Prescription advisor – set goals on what they would like to achieve by being part of the programme.

Some of the goals can be as simple as ‘observing the local aqua class’ or can be as big as ‘I want to be around for my mokopuna’. As with the goals, the successes can be as diverse as the individuals who take part in the Green Prescription programme.

Here is an example of a Rotorua-based man who recently took part in the programme: Charles Cole.

He is a 60-year-old Maori man referred to Green Prescription as he had high blood pressure, high cholesterol and he needed to reduce his weight to prevent the risk of further health complications. These health conditions are common in most Green Prescription clients.

Charles admits he was lacking motivation and needed a kick-start as he was not currently doing any physical activity. Charles was unsure if this programme was for him, however he was happy to listen.

With his Green Prescription advisor he discussed a variety of physical activity options he was interested in trying. Charles agreed he would ‘give it a go’ and try the Green Prescription Lakefront walking group, aqua classes, Redwoods walking group, QE gym membership and also look at the Tane Takitu Ake Men’s Programme.

His advisor is proud to report nine months on Charles did join the Green Prescription Lakefront walking group, where he met some good mates. He did challenge himself and joined the Redwoods walking group. He joined QE Gym for six months and attended regularly. He joined the Tane Takitu Ake Mens programme for eight weeks and the course has inspired Charles to help support more Maori males, aged 55-plus, to improve their health and wellbeing.

Charles continued to thrive. He presented at the NZ Maori Nurses Convention here in Rotorua, sharing his journey. He has enrolled to study Te Reo Maori and he aims to further his studies. Charles no longer has high blood pressure, high cholesterol and he has lost 5cm off his waist. He manages to maintain a good balance with physical activity and nutrition, and reports he feels more confident and motivated.

To find out more about the Green Prescription programme, talk to your GP or practice nurse, or give us a call at Sport BOP.

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