SINGAPORE - A walking trail in Kampong Chai Chee has been launched by the Health Promotion Board (HPB), to encourage Singaporeans to exercise more.
The Health Promotion Board (HPB) has been working with grassroots community planners to develop healthy trails in order to address rising concerns about Singaporeans’ sedentary lifestyles and escalating problems associated with overweight and obesity.
Christened ‘Happy Strides’, the new healthy trail was launched today at Kampong Chai Chee by Mr Lee Yi Shyan, grassroots advisor to East Coast GRC.
Said Mr Lee: "Contrary to how many people perceive exercise, a good workout need not be long, boring or expensive. It can be combined with our everyday routines, such as a brisk 30-minute walk to the local library with our children, or a 10-minute jog to the post office and back.
"For people who are inactive, even small increases in physical activity can bring measurable health benefits. Walking is also a tremendously good activity for seniors who want to maintain their mobility and independence, as it is cheap and easy to do."
According to the HPB, research has shown that even simple recreational activities, like taking a pet for a brisk walk around the neighbourhood, can help trim health-related problems and subsequent healthcare costs.
By end 2014, HPB aims to partner 10 other constituencies in building healthy trails.