Struggling with knee pain, Phyllis was initially referred to a physio at the Palms for an assessment on her knee. Post-assessment Phyllis was informed that she failed the criteria for surgery due to a high BMI (Body Mass Index). Instead the physio referred her over to the Green Prescription programme. “The referral was done to GRx as a support mechanism to help me with setting appropriate goals and get me on track with positive lifestyle changes”.
“Before engaging with the GRx programme I wasn’t exercising much at all. My eating habits were not good and wasn’t motivated to get up and do anything. I was really struggling with my knee pain and carrying the extra weight wasn’t helping me with my mobility issues.”
During the course of the programme Phyllis has made some great changes to her lifestyle. “I now go to Makino pool four times a week. (Water based activities has meant that I can actually move freely with minimal pain). I am also doing resistance band exercises at home (which I learnt how to use at GRx) on most days of the week.” Some other benefits that Phyllis has gained from the GRx programme is receiving some “helpful tips around eating well, reading food labels, setting goals and helping me to identify with exercises that work for me”.
From these fantastic changes Phyllis has become more mindful on making sure she eats well and makes exercise a priority. “Since being on the programme I have lost weight and feel I have more energy and able to do so much more.”
When asked what she liked best about the GRx programme Phyllis responded “that it is not too formal. You can choose what you want to take part in and are encouraged to work at your own pace. I enjoy the friendliness of the group and the laughs that we share when we exercise. The first meeting was so welcoming and non-threatening. The GRx team are great facilitators which I believe is the key to the success of this programme.”
“The GRx programme has really helped me get on a positive track in terms of my wellbeing. I am really happy with my progress so far. I intend to keep up my exercise routine and improved eating habits as my big goal is to lose enough weight to be eligible to get knee surgery.”
“Thank you to the GRx team for putting together this great programme in Feilding. I had heard about it but it took the push by my doctor/physio to get me on board. I truly believe that this programme works. I didn’t feel pressured into doing anything I didn’t want to do. I have taken the tips from the class sessions and used them when buying groceries, or dealing with the pain in my knee. I now have found the motivation to continue with the lifestyle changes I have made. I am looking forward to my next GP visit in December to show the progress I have made.”