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Sembawang, Chua Chu Kang residents to get help to stay healthy, under HPB initiative

Published on Jan 29, 2014 3:43 PM

The Health Promotion Board (HPB) is hoping to encourage residents of housing estates to stay healthy through an "ecosystem" approach.

It is pushing for a range of initiatives from healthier meals to sheltered walkways to encourage people to walk, under its "Healthy Community Ecosystem" initiative unveiled on Wednesday.

For a start, it is targeting residents of Sembawang and Chua Chu Kang, who will get easier access to things like meals measuring 500 calories or less. These will be available in both Woodlands Mart and Sembawang Mart by February. It is also working with Sembawang and Chua Chu Kang town councils to incorporate health messages in HDB blocks to encourage residents to use the stairs.

"We want to enable people to live a healthy lifestyle easily and effortlessly, be it in schools or in the community," said Associate Professor Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim, chair of the Healthy Living Masterplan Task Force.

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