Green Prescription scheme working for families

17 July 2016

A new survey shows that the Green Prescription Active Families programme is delivering positive results for whānau who use it.

Green Prescription Active Families programmes are community-based initiatives designed to increase physical activity in children and young people aged 5 to 18, and their family.

A report on the service for the year to April 2016 shows that just over 1,000 children, young people and their families have been referred to the programme.

Key findings included:

  • 83% of participants are more active since using the Green Prescription service
  • 69% have encouraged other family members to get more active
  • 87% of families have made changes to their diets, mainly consuming fewer sugary foods and drinks, eating fewer takeaways, more fruit and vegetables
  • 97% are now more aware of and understand the benefits of physical activity
  • 88% of participants have noticed health changes including: willingness to try new activities, more energy and confidence, weight loss and less medication.

Comments from those who have used the service include:

  • "It has been life changing for our daughter and our family. Thank you."
  • "Excellent for our whānau and our community."
  • "Gives great advice and tips without making us feel bad about getting into our situation in the first place. Very encouraging."

The health minister, Dr Jonathan Coleman says the results are encouraging.

“More children and young people taking part in Active Families are seeing the benefits of eating healthy food and being active.  The lifestyle changes are also being sustained over time for the majority of children and young people which is a great result.”

“The programme helps families make sustainable changes through encouragement, education, nutritional guidance and advice, realistic goal setting and on-going support,” says Dr Coleman.

You can read the full Green Prescription Active Families Survey Report here.