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Health-care staff get help to help patients lead healthier lifestyle

Tool kit for doctors and others to motivate patients and get them to quit bad habits

Published on Sep 2, 2012 6:00 AM
A newly launched tool kit for doctors and others will teach them how to motivate patients and get them to quit bad habits. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND LUI

Are there sensitive ways for health- care professionals to tell patients too obese for their own good to lead a healthier lifestyle?

Yes, there are, and tips on how to do this are contained in a tool kit launched on Saturday by the Health Promotion Board (HPB).

To be sent out to about 10,000 doctors, nurses and allied health workers in the coming year, this first-of-its-kind initiative for public and private health-care practitioners covers smoking, stress and unsafe sexual practices, aside from obesity.

The first batch of 5,500 kits will be sent out on Monday.

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Background story

"What concerns me is that the rate is creeping up by 1 per cent each year. We have calculated that at a certain tipping point - of about 15 to 18 per cent - the rate will start to rise exponentially."

MR ANG HAK SENG, HPB's chief executive