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 pre-diabetes, 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.”