Photo above: Dr Amy Khor conducts a cooking demonstration for making Brown Rice Congee, together with Mr Ang Hak Seng, CEO of Health Promotion Board.
SINGAPORE - Hong Kah North constituency is working with the Health Promotion Board (HPB) to develop health promotion activities and programmes to benefit residents through a five-year health promotion plan.
Hong Kah North constituency is one of the first to tap on the national Constituency Health Promotion Grant established last month.
Worth up to $10,000 per constituency yearly, the grant may be used to fund health programmes and activities on nutrition, physical activity, mental wellness, tobacco control, or chronic disease management for all age groups.
The five-year plan was developed after a survey found that less than half of Kong Kah North residents engage in the recommended 150 minutes of physical activity per week, and about seven in ten consume too much salt and sugar but not enough fruits.
About six out of 10 also indicated that they do use the Healthier Choice Symbol logo as a guide when shopping for food.
To address these health needs, Hong Kah North constituency will be rolling out an array of programmes for its residents within the next 12 months.
These include teaching families how to shop for healthier food options and busy working mothers how to prepare simple but nutritious meals for the family, as well as training and support for Health Ambassadors to advocate for smoke-free common areas such as car parks, lift lobbies and void decks.
"Indeed, we plan to recruit and train at least 500 Health Ambassadors over the next five years who, as role models for healthy living, will be held in the highest regard within the community," said Dr Amy Khor, MP for Hong Kah North SMC.
In addition to Hong Kah North, HPB is also working with 23 other constituencies which have submitted proposals for the grant, said Mr Ang Hak Seng, Chief Executive Officer of HPB.
Geylang Serai Constituency for one plans to organise a month-long programme at Haig Road Food Centre to promote healthy eating during the Ramadan month, and Ayer Rajah Constituency will be using the grant to introduce simple health checks with follow-up advice and a structured physical activity programme for seniors in community clubs.