Health Promotion Board expands its programmes for specific groups

Mr Abdul Rahman Rawi gave up cigarettes after smoking for 40 years, thanks to the Health Promotion Board’s Ramadan I Quit 28-day Countdown.
Mr Abdul Rahman Rawi gave up cigarettes after smoking for 40 years, thanks to the Health Promotion Board’s Ramadan I Quit 28-day Countdown. PHOTO: ST FILE

At least 1,800 students in three madrasahs have benefitted from healthy-living programmes rolled out by the Health Promotion Board and 107 student ambassadors in these madrasahs have been trained since 2014.

Over the years, the board's smoking cessation programme for the Malay community has also gained traction it said on Thursday, in giving an update on its targeted initiatives for various communites in Singapore.

In a statement, it said that last year, there were 1,500 sign ups for the Ramadan I Quit 28-Day Countdown.

This was a 50 per cent increase from 2013. This year, HPB aims to reach 2,000 smokers.

It also stepped up its promotion of healthy living in mosques. In 2014, HPB brought health screening sessions to six mosques, and intends to expand this reach to 10 more this year.

Meanwhile health calendars have been distributed to about 30,000 low income Malay families this year, an increase from 2014's 3,000 households.

These calendars have a different theme for each month, providing different types of healthy living tips.

These calendars are also available to the Mandarin speaking community, with 10,000 copies made available to Chinese households.