New healthy living programme launched for Bukit Batok East residents

Healthy living just got easier for Bukit Batok East residents, through a new initiative launched on Wednesday.

Madam Halimah Yacob, who is advisor to Bukit Batok East Grassroots Organisations (GROs), said the new Healthy for Life programme will focus on four aspects: the physical, mental, and social well-being of all residents, as well as taking care of the elderly.

The grassroots groups will work with several Government agencies, community groups and voluntary welfare organisations to roll out a series of programmes, from health screening services and home visits to DIY check up stations, to all residents over the next few years.

Bukit Batok East, which has 62,000 residents is one of the five divisions under the Jurong GRC.

Madam Halimah, who is also an MP for Jurong GRC and Speaker of Parliament said that these plans come as Singapore ages - in Bukit Batok East, for instance, some 31 per cent of the residents are over 50 years of age.

A social service hub set up by Thye Hua Kwan Moral Charities and Bukit Batok East division for the elderly will be a one-stop centre for residents where they can have check ups conducted by trained nurses and a health check corner where they can monitor their own blood pressure and body mass index, among other things.

To encourage residents to take personal responsibility for their health, visuals like a BMI wall chart and an eye check station have been put up at two blocks so far. The plan is to roll these out to more blocks by next year.