Green Prescription

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Green Prescription (GRx) is a free programme to improve the health and wellbeing of communities through physical activity and nutrition support, impacting sustainable, healthy lifestyle behaviour change. Through education, removal of barriers, and development of personal skills GRx aims to enhance physical, mental and social wellbeing.

New and improved service delivery

As of 1 July 2020, Sport Wellington in consultation with the three District Health Boards (DHBs) has changed the way in which support is offered, and who support is prioritised for. To ensure we are meeting the needs of our participants and working to improve equitable health outcomes for Māori, Pasifika and those living in areas of high deprivation, GRx support will be delivered flexibly and adapted based on need, rather than a ‘one size fits all’ approach. This will mean a more intensive service for some and a lighter touch for others.    

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Read the Frequently asked questions (FAQ's)

Who is Green Prescription for?

Sport Wellington prioritises healthy lifestyle support for Māori and Pasifika (with a 70% referral target), pregnant women, and children. 

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How we support

We can provide support to individuals or to whole families, adapting based on need (which might be as little as a one-off contact), but could also include:

  • Face-to-face consultations (in homes, in the community or online) with a Programme Advisor, with regular follow-ups for up to 12 months
  • Resources and advice around healthy eating, physical activity and general wellbeing
  • Motivation and goal-setting support
  • Practical cooking and food workshops
  • Physical activity tasters, and support to link into community events and physical activity programmes

If you’re just after direction, ideas and inspiration, why not check out our new Wellbeing Hub? This is a collection of resources, including physical activity and recipe directories, which are updated weekly.

How can I get involved?

Use the self-referral application form (below) or ask your GP, practice nurse or another healthcare professional to make a referral to Sport Wellington. Once referred, our team will contact you to arrange a consultation. We aim to contact you within 15 working days. 

Self-referral application

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How can I refer my client?

Sport Wellington accepts referrals across the Capital & Coast, Hutt Valley and Wairarapa DHB regions.

For medical centres: Sport Wellington is no longer accepting faxed referrals from medical centres with access to HealthLink or BPAC secure eReferrals. Please refer via eReferral, or the online healthcare-referral application (below). 

For secondary care and other providers: Sport Wellington is no longer accepting faxed referrals from the hospital or community-based health providers. Please refer via our online form (below) or request the secure email-based referral form by emailing

Healthcare-referral application

Apply now

Contact us!

For more information on Green Prescription or other healthy lifestyle opportunities, please call 0800 ACTIVE or email