Health Promotion Board launches season two of the Million Kg Challenge

Participants weighing themselves at some of the machines available to check their BMI at the launch of the first One Million KG Challenge held at Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza on March 15, 2014. The second season of the weight management initiative will
Participants weighing themselves at some of the machines available to check their BMI at the launch of the first One Million KG Challenge held at Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza on March 15, 2014. The second season of the weight management initiative will run from January to June 2015. -- PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - Continuing its battle of the bulge, the Health Promotion Board (HPB) launched the second season of the Million Kg Challenge on Saturday, while also awarding 10 finalists from season one for successfully losing at least 3kg.

The first instalment of the challenge, which began in March, came to a close on Saturday, having had over 80,000 sign ups and some 42,000 participants pledging to lose weight.

Expanding on its efforts, the second instalment will leverage on the power of peer support, said HPB, with a new group category as well as a buddy element in the individual category. 

The challenge will also be extended to companies where organisations can ride on the challenge to set up internal activities to promote exercise and healthy diets.

More weigh-in kiosks will also be made available at Guardian pharmacies islandwide, with more than 80 expected by Jan 2015, to make it more convenient for participants to have regular weigh-ins.

Mr Zee Yoong Kang, Chief Executive of HPB, said: "Maintaining a healthy weight and losing weight requires concerted effort and is an ongoing process. Season one has drawn the public eye to the importance of weight management. With the launch of season two, we are leveraging our experience in the first season to provide even greater support and positive reinforcement to motivate sign ups and active participation."

The Million Kg Challenge is open to Singapore residents aged 18 to 64 whose BMI ranges from 18.5 to 37.4.

Registration starts today and interested parties can sign up at www.millionkg.sg or at upcoming road shows to be held across the country.