Green light

Auckland City Harbour News - - SPORT -

Health Min­is­ter Jonathan Cole­man says the health benefits of Green Pre­scrip­tions con­tinue to be demon­strated, as more and more peo­ple take med­i­cal ad­vice to get fit and eat well to help tackle their health prob­lems. ‘‘The Green Pre­scrip­tions ini­tia­tive is go­ing from strength to strength. Three­quar­ters of pa­tients who were is­sued with a Green Pre­scrip­tion in 2014 said they had ex­pe­ri­enced pos­i­tive health changes as a re­sult,’’ Dr Cole­man says. Pa­tients with type 2 di­a­betes or pre­di­a­betes, or those who are over­weight or with health prob­lems such as high blood pres­sure can get a Green Pre­scrip­tion from their GP or prac­tice nurse. In the past three months of 2014 more than 11,000 Green Pre­scrip­tions were is­sued, up from 9272 last year. Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion about Green Pre­scrip­tions can be found on the Min­istry of Health web­site health.govt.nz.

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