What is Active Families?
Green Prescription’s (GRx) Active Families is a free programme that targets 4-12 year olds and their families.
The programme is designed to provide support, guidance and opportunities to create healthy lifestyles through regular physical activity and healthy eating.
The Active Families Advisor will support and guide each family to set achievable goals and increase their level of activity and participation. Healthy nutrition advice is part of the programme and there’s also the opportunity to meet and make new friends while working towards worthwhile and positive outcomes.
Regular exercise helps maintain a healthy weight, it builds strong muscles and bones, helps protect the heart and benefits mental health as well. Active children are healthier, stronger, more confident, do better in school, sleep better and in general grow up to be healthy fit adults.
Active Families classes run during the school term, at various locations around the Manawatu, Horowhenua and Tararua districts.
How to join
You can be referred to GRx Active Families or Active Teens if your child:
- is aged between 4 & 17 years old
- would benefit from being more active
- has poor eating habits
- is overweight
- has the support of whānau/family
- may have a stable medical condition
Most referrals come from GPs, pediatricians or practice nurses. You can also refer yourself by calling Sport Manawatu 06 357 5349.