Newest Trend, ‘Green Prescriptions,’ Are Paying Off.
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Boston, MA (PRWEB) December 21, 2012
Doctors Health Press, a division of Lombardi Publishing Corporation, and publisher of various natural health newsletters, books, and reports, including the popular online Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, is reporting on a study from Massey University in New Zealand indicating that the new “green prescription,” or “GRx,” program is actually helping people get healthier.
As Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin (http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/general-health-2/newest-trend-green-prescriptions-are-paying-off) notes, as one of the latest health breakthroughs, the GRx program is effective and deceptively simple: physicians write prescriptions for exercise. The program is favored among physicians who are used to their patients diligently taking the pills they prescribe, but routinely ignoring their advice to become more active.
As the article “Newest Trend, ‘Green Prescriptions,’ Are Paying Off,” reports, advocates of the practice maintain that this new type of prescription is both a smart and cost-effective way to help patients stay healthy. Instead of just advising patients to try to get some exercise, health-care professionals are now writing out prescriptions, making formal requests for patients to get active.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article notes that the researchers at Massey University studied the effectiveness of a GRx program by gathering and comparing data from in-depth interviews with 20 women, aged 40 years and older, who had been members of a GRx program in Auckland, New Zealand.
According to the article, all the women reported positive experiences of the GRx program, and showed an improvement in their physical activity, lifestyle behaviors, and health symptoms. Many of these positive experiences were attributed to the social and friendly atmosphere created by their peers and staff during the exercise program, the exercise options offered, and the educational workshops the participants attended.
Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin concludes that while the results of the study are hardly surprising, the key in this movement is that those benefits simply are not enough to get some people motivated to exercise. These patients need an extra push, and the study indicates that a green prescription might be just the thing.
(SOURCE: Nosa, V., et al., “The Green Prescription program and the experiences of Pacific women in Auckland,” Journal of Primary Health Care, December 1, 2012; 4(4): 313–9.)
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