Photo above: Mr Goh Chok Tong and HPB’s chief executive Ang Hak Seng (far right) visiting one of the 22 stalls.
SINGAPORE - Twenty-two of the 24 tenants in Marine Terrace Food Centre are now selling healthier food.
A ceremony was held on Sunday to mark the food centre's inclusion as part of the Health Promotion Board's (HPB) Healthier Hawker initiative.
The HPB works with stallholders to substitute ingredients with alternatives such as oil with less saturated fat, low-sodium salt and wholegrain noodles.
The board's chief executive Ang Hak Seng said about 80 per cent of residents aged 60 and older in the Marine Parade constituency have at least one chronic disease such as high blood pressure.
"You want food that is not only tasty but also healthy and affordable," he added, noting that these changes cut down the risk of chronic diseases.
Marine Terrace Food Centre is the fifth hawker centre roped in to provide healthier choices since the initiative kicked off in April last year. The other food centres are in Yuhua, Geylang Serai, Eunos Crescent and Haig Road.
With 22 out of 24 stalls in Marine Terrace participating, the hawker centre has the highest take-up rate of tenants among those under the initiative.
The signboards of the stalls also show the calories per dish.
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