What's your why?
Friday, February 15, 2019
Written by Jane Le Guay, Health Team Leader
One of the perks of working in the Green Prescription team is we get to hear amazing stories from people who have successfully taken on the challenge of setting up and leading a healthy lifestyle.
Their sheer joy and varying accounts of the rewards they have reaped from leading a healthy lifestyle is what gets the Green Prescription team out of bed in the morning.
Green Prescription is a six month starter programme. Each person referred to the programme is linked to an advisor who works alongside them on their health journey. The advisor shares their knowledge and provides support and motivation. People who have undertaken the Sport Bay of Plenty programme often report an increase in energy, feeling stronger and fitter, a decrease in weight and sometimes a decrease in medication. Nine out of ten times they report feeling better overall.
Yes, we support people on their health journey and provide information and motivation to help them increase their physical activity and make regular healthy food choices. However, our advisors all agree that the secret to success comes from within the person we are working with.
Changing habits, eating different foods and including regular exercise in your day is not easy. Tapping into why you are doing this is the crux to overcoming challenges and sticking to the path that is your unique journey to improved health. Once you identify what the reason is that you need to prioritise physical activity and nutrition changes, you need to keep reminding yourself of your why. This will get you through the hard times and, before you know it, you will be on the other side.
Cliff wanted to be there for his mokopuna, Maggie no longer wanted to be ashamed of her appearance in public, Charles wanted to inspire his community to take on their journey to health ... we have lots and lots more stories like this on our Green Prescription webpages.
Contact us to find out more about Green Prescription, or talk to your GP or Practice Nurse about a referral to the programme.
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