Singaporeans and permanent residents can sign up for a free ActiveSG account to make use of $100 credits to book sports facilities and programmes at community clubs run by the People's Association ("Increase options for using ActiveSG credits"; last Sunday).
The main objective is to promote physical activity.
If the credits are used to purchase tickets for football matches or the SEA Games, then it defeats the purpose of the scheme.
It is not wise to use the credits to support private companies holding commercial sports events. Besides, sitting and watching matches and games go against the aim of encouraging people to get active.
Surely, such an inactive lifestyle will not help contribute to the wellness of Singaporeans.
People need to move, because spending too much time sitting may lead to a build-up of pericardial fat - an unhealthy form of fat around the heart.
To enable the public to make full use of the credits, ActiveSG should work with Safra and HomeTeamNS clubhouses to allow operationally ready NSmen to use the credits at these places.
This will enhance the plethora of sports courses to choose from, as well as make it more convenient to participate in sports.
NSmen can improve in their Individual Physical Proficiency Test performance, and those who have completed their reservist training can also stay active.
The ActiveSG credits expire in December. It would be better if there were no expiry date, or if the validity period were extended.
This article was first published on May 3, 2015.
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