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Physical activity has a range of health benefits including preventing and managing long-term conditions like heart disease, cancer, osteoporosis, diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure and depression.
The Ministry of Health recommends that adults do at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity at least five days a week. Doing more than this amount of daily activity or at a higher intensity can give additional health benefits and help people lose weight.
Active Canterbury recognises the important role primary care and other health professionals play in promoting physical activity and supporting their patients to lead active lives.
Some options for your patients or clients include:
- Pae Ora ki Waitaha Healthy Lifestyles - replaces the Green Prescription in Canterbury;
- Puāwai Kai - previously known as Appetite for Life;
- Puāwai Family Programmes and Support - for whānau of 4 to 12-year-olds who want to make healthy lifestyle changes;
- Falls Prevention; and
- Classes, groups and programmes for those with health conditions.
Connect your patient to the Activity Search for a range of community-based activities - if they are motivated to start or increase their activity levels themselves.
Check out Getting Started for helpful information on suitable beginner activities such as walking, going to the gym, and dancing.