Green prescriptions: effective health promotion?

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Moderate physical activity is recognised as a critical component of a healthy lifestyle. Yet national surveys highlight that many New Zealand adults remain essentially sedentary. To help encourage active living the Hillary Commisssion has recently launched an "exercise on prescription scheme", in which general practitioners prescribe physical activity for health. In this paper, I compare the operational structure of this scheme with accepted principles of effective health enhancement and models of health behaviour, and discuss the implications of the scheme's individualistic approach to activity promotion.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7-10
Number of pages4
JournalThe Journal of Physical Education New Zealand
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1998
Externally publishedYes


  • exercise prescription
  • obesity
  • healthy lifestyle

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