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Health Doesn't Hibernate

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Health Doesn't Hibernate

With winter setting in, it’s too easy to let the cold weather get you down.  Shorter days and colder temperatures can derail the best exercise plans so if you’re finding your exercise frequency going in the same direction as the outside temperature then it may be time for you to engage with expert help.  

Green Prescription is a free starter programme run by Sport Bay of Plenty.  The qualified team of friendly advisors will work with you for six months to help you become more active, provide advice on healthy nutrition and generally support you to improve your health and wellbeing. 

There is a large range of regular group physical activity options offered to our participants in the Eastern Bay of Plenty but if group exercise is not your thing then our advisors can design an appropriate home based programme.  The advisor supports and encourages you the whole way through your journey.   

Whakatane man Cliff Morgan has lost an astonishing 70kg after introduced to Green Prescription by his General Practitioner a year ago “Something just clicked one day, it might have been looking at old photos, and I just wanted to be healthy,” says Cliff. 

With the help of his trained advisor, he has now progressed to six activities a week including swimming, the gym and walking.   He has also formed better eating habits and has less takeaways, bread, chips and snacks.  He eats more vegetables and salads and always has breakfast. 

“Most people know these things but you’re ready when you’re ready … change your thoughts first and then things fall into place,” says Cliff.

Cliff doesn’t have a goal weight in mind; instead he has formed healthy habits that he intends to keep for life.  Since losing the weight he’s noticed that lots of day to day activities are easier.  He can walk for hours and has more energy.

Sticking around for his two daughters, aged 14 and 21 and being a role model to them is also a big motivation to stay healthy, “It’s hard at first but seeing results, it’s a done deal,” says Cliff. 

If you would like more information on Green Prescription phone the Whakatane Sport Bay of Plenty office on 07 3088304 or email or

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