Active Families

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Green Prescription (GRx) Active Families is a free programme to improve the health and wellbeing of your whānau through physical activity and nutrition support.

Active children with a well-balanced diet have more energy, are more confident, sleep better, can concentrate and participate more fully in school activities, and grow into healthier adults.

Who is Active Families for?

We offer up to 12 months of support for whānau who:

  • Are ready to make healthy lifestyle changes
  • Are wanting to support their child grow into a healthy weight
  • Want support with their whānau’s eating and physical activity habits
  • Identify as Māori or Pasifika

How we support

Once referred, GRx Active Families offers whānau the opportunity to join weekly cooking and activity sessions as well as one-to-one home-based support. At our weekly sessions, families can meet and have fun with other children and families while trying new yummy, healthy recipes and fun physical activities the whole family will enjoy.

For families with children who are looking for a healthy lifestyle change, we can support you on your journey.

Watch this video to see what some of our families have to say about the Pre-school Active Families programme:

How can my whānau get involved?

If you feel Active Families is the right fit for your family fill out our self-referral form and we will get in touch with you. Alternatively, ask your GP, practice nurse or B4 School Check nurse about us.

Self Referral Form

How can I refer my patient?

Sport Wellington accepts referrals across the Capital & Coast, Hutt Valley and Wairarapa DHB regions. We are no longer able to accept referrals via fax from medical centres with access to HealthLink eReferrals. For instructions on how to send an eReferral directly from your Patient Management System, please see below.

e-Referral instructions (MedTech)


Alternatively, or if you are referring from outside a medical practice, please use our online referral form:

Health Care Referral Form


For more information on Active Families or other healthy lifestyle opportunities, please call 0800 ACTIVE or email

See the Pre-School Active Families Patient Pathway infographic

See the Active Families Patient Pathway infographic