Various venues, resources to help people stay active

We thank Mr Wong Boon Hong for his feedback on our ActiveSG scheme ("Extend ActiveSG scheme to other gyms to encourage exercise"; last Saturday).

We agree with Mr Wong that regular exercise plays an important role in fighting obesity and in keeping one healthy.

In our effort to help Singaporeans acquire and maintain physical and mental well-being, ActiveSG credits were introduced in April 2014, together with strong programming at our ActiveSG sports centres.

With more than a million Singaporeans and permanent residents already signed up for the ActiveSG scheme and programmes, we believe the intended incentive to kick-start or increase the frequency of their active lifestyles has gained traction.

ActiveSG credits are designed as an added incentive to encourage more people to visit our sport centres regularly.

Complemented by the affordable pricing of our facilities and programmes that we have intentionally kept low, these credits help people sustain an active lifestyle within their means.

We encourage people to continue to use our 19 ActiveSG sports centres situated across the country, where there is always a sports centre within close proximity to their home or workplace.

These sports centres, which are accessible by different transport modes, are also open till 10pm to cater for working professionals who may have to work late.

We also advise people to stay active during current weather conditions through other alternatives.

For instance, busy working adults can engage in workouts that one can try out at home or even at their offices.

MyActiveSG.com has articles where the public can read about some of these workouts.

We value Mr Wong's feedback and share his conviction to encourage everyone, including organisations, to live better through sport.

Lai Chin Kwang

Chief, ActiveSG

Sport Singapore

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 21, 2016, with the headline 'Various venues, resources to help people stay active'. Print Edition | Subscribe