Month-long festival to promote healthy living reached over 80,000 Singaporeans

(From left) Mr Lucas Chow, Mr Chee Hong Tat, Dr Amy Khor and Mr Zee Yoong Kang doing the opening ceremony of the Healthy Lifestyle Festival SG Anchor Event.
(From left) Mr Lucas Chow, Mr Chee Hong Tat, Dr Amy Khor and Mr Zee Yoong Kang doing the opening ceremony of the Healthy Lifestyle Festival SG Anchor Event.ST PHOTO: ALICIA CHAN

SINGAPORE - More than 80,000 Singaporeans have taken part in a month-long event to

promote healthy lifestyles, which started on Oct 3 and ends on Sunday.

Organised by the Health Promotion Board (HPB), the Healthy Lifestyle Festival SG aims to get Singaporeans to eat healthily, exercise, build up their mental wellbeing and go for regular health screenings.

A string of weekend roadshows islandwide, featuring mass workouts, games and sampling of healthy food and drinks, attracted over 32,000 people. Close to 8,500 have gotten their body mass index checked, while more than 6,000 have signed up for HealthHub , a portal that allows Singaporeans and permanent residents to access their public health records online, the HPB said on Saturday.

Originally a one-day event when it began in 1992, the annual campaign evolved into a month-long push for a healthier nation this year to reach out to more Singaporeans, said Dr Amy Khor, Senior Minister of State for Health.

"Going forward, we want to put in more emphasis, investment and effort in upstream health promotion activities... (such as) having more schools provide healthy meals," she said.

HPB chief executive Zee Yoong Kang said the festival has been "a great platform to show Singaporeans that healthy living is within easy reach".

" Through demonstrations, exhibitions and digital activities, we aim to show that the pursuit of a healthy lifestyle is rewarding, attainable and something to be lauded," he added.