New toolkit by Health Promotion Board to help senior citizens eat healthily

SINGAPORE - Seniors aged 50 and above will now get access to a new toolkit with tips on healthier meal options and recipes for healthier meals.

The Recipe for Healthy Ageing is produced by the Health Promotion Board (HPB) and comprises a nutrition guide, recipe book and an educational poster. It also includes information on nutrients such as calcium and protein.

During the event launch on Sunday (May 15), Dr Amy Khor, Senior Minister of State for Health, said that the toolkit, which is part of a nutrition campaign, is timely even as the Government has declared war on diabetes.

"If we can eat right, we can age well," said Dr Khor.

"HPB hopes to raise awareness among seniors on the importance of good nutrition. Whether we are eating out or preparing meals at home, it is possible to make positive changes to our diet."

According to the World Health Organisation, diseases that commonly affect seniors include heart disease, stroke and diabetes, which are all related to diet.

Positive dietary changes such as a reduction in salt intake and increased consumption of fruit and vegetables by one to two servings daily can reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke.

The toolkit, which is available in four languages, will be distributed at a later date through HPB's partners such as FairPrice and Sheng Siong supermarkets. From May 20 onwards, they will also be made available at community centres.

A total of 250,000 copies of the tool kit will be distributed.

Those who wish to view the tool kit online may do so at www.healthyageing.sg/nutrition from Sunday (May 15) onwards.