HPB wants you to eat healthier at home

The Health Promotion Board (HPB) wants Singaporeans to eat healthier meals at home, by encouraging them to buy more nutritious food, such as those with higher whole-grain content.

Over the next four months, products with the Healthier Choice Symbol will be displayed more prominently in supermarket aisles, along with promotions, contests and roving cooking classes to raise awareness of these healthier options.

The "Shop Healthy. Get More From Life" campaign, launched yesterday, will run at 235 supermarket outlets islandwide till Nov 30.

It is a collaborative effort involving the HPB and major chains Cold Storage, FairPrice, Prime Supermarket and Sheng Siong, as well as food manufacturers such as Ayam Brand, Nestle and Prima Taste.

Parliamentary Secretary for Health Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim, who kicked off the campaign, said: "With 68 per cent of Singaporeans having at least one meal a day at home, supermarket chains and food manufacturers are natural partners in our efforts to nudge people towards using healthier ingredients when preparing home- cooked meals."

Associate Professor Faishal noted that a national nutrition survey conducted in 2010 showed a "worrying trend", with Singaporeans eating more saturated fats and not enough whole grains , and the campaign hopes to address this.

The study also found an increase in the proportion of Singaporeans who added sugar to their beverages, contributing an excess of about 10 per cent more calories than needed, he pointed out.

Food products with Healthier Choice Symbols are generally lower in fat, saturated fat, sodium and sugar, and are higher in dietary fibre, calcium, and whole grains.

There are currently about 2,500 such products on the market, across 70 food categories, including rice, milk, dairy products, cooking oils, sauces and drinks.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on July 26, 2015, with the headline 'HPB wants you to eat healthier at home'. Print Edition | Subscribe