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`Green' prescriptions are working: Coleman

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 1/09/2016

Nearly 50,000 people were given pill-free "green prescriptions" last year and a survey has shown they're fitter and healthier, Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says.

The prescriptions give advice on nutrition and physical activity rather than handing out drugs.

Dr Coleman says they're issued by GPs or practice nurses for a variety of conditions, such as type 2 diabetes or pre-diabetes, weight issues, high blood pressure or arthritis.

"A recent survey of over 2800 recipients found the prescriptions not only benefit the individual but also have a positive impact on the whole family," he said.

Key findings were:

* 73 per cent reported positive changes in their health

* 65 per cent said they were also encouraging others to be more active

* 71 per cent made changes to their diet

* 81 per cent were motivated to stay physically active.

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