Programmes to help you get active

If you’re not used to being active, it can seem tough to get going!

That’s why getting some extra help and support at the start can make such a positive difference! In Canterbury we are fortunate to have a range of excellent programmes designed to help you get started and maintain an active lifestyle.

Getting some specific support can also really help, such as getting involved with a group activity or having a personal trainer or coach.

Get moving with a Green Prescription

A Green Prescription is a health professional's written advice to a patient to be physically active, as part of the patient's health management. Sport Canterbury's Green Prescription team will talk through your current activity level, and help you to set an activity plan and realistic goals suited to your individual needs, health and lifestyle.

This service caters for participants in Canterbury, Mid Canterbury, South Canterbury and the West Coast.

Find out more about the Green Prescription programme.

Have fun with the Be Active Programme

The Be Active programme is suitable for people new or returning to activity, and want to have fun along the way. It is suitable for all ages (18 years and over) and levels of ability, including those with medical conditions who can handle low to moderate levels of activity. The cost is $3 a session.

Each 8-week course features different activities each week, with an emphasis on fun and ‘having a go.’

All sessions are a mixture of activity and education, with speakers on subjects such as wellbeing, motivation and nutrition.

Find out about the Be Active Programme.

Achieve your goals with He Waka Tapu

Staff at He Waka Tapu are available to help you achieve your health and physical activity goals. They will work closely with you to build a personalised plan, and can support you in the following areas:

  • quit smoking,
  • diabetes management, and
  • fitness and physical activity.

Contact He Waka Tapu today for more information, advice and support. You can also call them on 0800 HE WAKA (0800 43 9252). 

Get healthy eating support from Appetite for Life

Appetite for Life is a 6 week weight management and healthy lifestyle programme that has been designed specifically for people who are fed up with the dieting process and just want to have a normal relationship with food.

Appetite for Life is not a diet. It promotes lifestyle changes that help you lose weight slowly, maintain weight loss and feel good about yourself throughout the process.

Find out more about Appetite for Life or a course happening near you.