An­nie learnt how to make Samoan dishes health­ier

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An­nie (59 years old) was re­ferred onto the Sport Auck­land Green Pre­scrip­tion pro­gramme by her phys­io­ther­a­pist at Coun­ties Manukau DHB – PATHS pro­gramme (Pro­vid­ing Ac­cess To Health Solutions) as she was in­ter­ested in los­ing weight and mak­ing di­etary changes.

She had started to go for walks by her­self but was un­sure of how to turn this into re­sults. An­nie also wanted to know what other op­tions for ex­er­cise were avail­able.

“I now want to help any­one lose weight or im­prove their med­i­cal con­di­tions be­cause if I can do it they can too!”

When An­nie ini­tially met with Ge­orgie (Healthy Life­style Ad­vi­sor for Man­gere) she weighed 145kg, had pre­di­a­betes, hy­per­ten­sion, and her asthma and os­teoarthri­tis were lim­it­ing.

How­ever An­nie was mo­ti­vated to make some changes: “I knew I needed to make some changes oth­er­wise I would de­velop Type 2 di­a­betes and I did not want that.” An­nie has made fan­tas­tic changes since re­ceiv­ing Green Pre­scrip­tion sup­port and has lost 30kg (cur­rent weight is 115kg).

“Ask your doc­tor for a Green Pre­scrip­tion to get started – it re­ally helped me im­prove my life.”

An­nie is happy, con­fi­dent, and no longer at risk of di­a­betes which is great! An­nie’s blood pres­sure has re­turned to nor­mal so she no longer needs to take med­i­ca­tion.

She still has asthma and os­teoarthri­tis but her range of move­ment and breath­ing abil­ity has im­proved sig­nif­i­cantly through ex­er­cise and mak­ing pos­i­tive nu­tri­tional changes.

“Through the work­shops I have learnt how to make tra­di­tional Samoan dishes health­ier by adding in veg­eta­bles and us­ing light co­conut cream.”

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