Student health ambassadors can now score CCA points

SINGAPORE - The Health Promotion Board (HPB) announced today that it is setting up Health Promotion Clubs in secondary schools as official co-curricular activities (CCA) to equip young people with the skills to champion healthy living.

The aim is to groom youth leaders passionate about health promotion and to spearhead a youth-led, ground-up social movement in encouraging healthy habits among Singaporeans.

As an official CCA, the club will offer programmes and activities which are aligned with MOE's CCA Grading Scheme.

Hence, club members will be awarded CCA points that can be used to apply for admission into junior colleges, polytechnics, institutes of technical education and the centralised institute.

Said Associate Professor Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim, Parliamentary Secretary for Health and Transport: "By offering the Health Promotion Club as a new CCA, we are sending the message to our youth that a healthy lifestyle should be a priority item despite their busy school and social calendars."

HPB will be taking an active role by providing their expertise in various health topics such as physical activities, nutrition, mental health and tobacco control.

HPB will also teach club members the basics of running health promotion outreach activities, from planning to project management.

In addition, students will be given the opportunity to take part in national health campaigns such as the annual National Healthy Lifestyle Campaign and World No Tobacco Day.

Where appropriate, HPB will support schools with health exhibits, educational materials and grants up to $1,000 per student-led health project.

After graduating from HPB's Youth Health Ambassador training programme, club members will become part of HPB's Health Ambassador Network.

This means they can stay connected to the social movement even after they finish secondary school.

Canberra Secondary School will be the first secondary school to offer the club as a CCA. By 2015, HPB aims to set up at least 20 Health Promoting Clubs in secondary schools across Singapore.

yamadak@sph.com.sg

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