A Green Prescription (GRx) is a health professional’s written advice to a patient to be physically active, as part of the patient’s health management.
It’s a smart and cost-effective way to help people stay healthy. GRx research backs this up:
- Research published in the New Zealand Medical Journal indicates that a Green Prescription is an inexpensive way of increasing activity.
- Research published in the British Medical Journal found that a Green Prescription can improve a patient’s quality of life over 12 months, with no evidence of adverse effects.
- Research published in the British Medical Journal on the cost-effectiveness of physical activity in primary care stated that ‘community walking, exercise and nutrition, and brief advise with exercise on prescription (Green Prescription) were the most cost-effective with respect to cost-utility.’
In this section
- Here’s how the Green Prescription (GRx) process works for the health professional and patient. Read more
- Green Prescriptions are available nationwide, thanks to a partnership with general practitioner groups, and funding from the Ministry of Health. Read more
- Resources for health professionals on physical activity and the Green Prescription. Read more
- Research shows that a Green Prescription (GRx) is an inexpensive way of increasing activity for sedentary people. This section explores the evidence for the GRx’s effectiveness. Read more
In this booklet we tell the stories of some of the people for whom a Green Prescription has improved not only their health but that of friends, family and in many cases their wider community
Information for the public on Green Prescriptions.