Putting the fun into healthy living

The Healthy Lifestyle Festival SG will feature events every weekend, including mass exercise sessions such as trampoline fitness programmes and an ActiveSG Dance Fitness Party.
The Healthy Lifestyle Festival SG will feature events every weekend, including mass exercise sessions such as trampoline fitness programmes and an ActiveSG Dance Fitness Party.PHOTO: HPB

HPB's Healthy Lifestyle Festival to include free cooking workshops, exercise activities

Living healthily need not be a drag and, come next month, the Health Promotion Board (HPB) will show you how to do so.

The month-long Healthy Lifestyle Festival SG will feature events every weekend, and most of the activities do not require a single cent.

The public is invited to sample food and drinks that are not only healthy but tasty as well, and attend cooking workshops and demonstrations to learn how to cook nutritious meals, all for free. They can also witness the semi-finals and finals of the "Healthy and Tasty in 30" cook-off competition, in which participants will prepare an original healthy meal in 30 minutes.

There will also be mass exercise sessions, such as trampoline fitness programmes and an ActiveSG Dance Fitness Party, while art jamming sessions will focus on mental wellness.

The HPB will also offer freebies for those who sign up early for the National Steps Challenge at its roadshows. They will each receive a wearable steps tracker worth $23.90, while stocks last.

In this challenge, participants accumulate points for the number of steps they take every day.

They can use these points to redeem sure-win rewards, such as shopping and grocery vouchers, and to earn chances to participate in lucky draws.

This challenge will last for a year, starting from Nov 7. Furthermore, the HPB will offer free basic eye checks and other activities.

The first roadshow will be held on Oct 3 and 4 at the HDB Hub Atrium in Toa Payoh.

It will move to Tampines Central, the Canopy at J-Link beside the Jurong Regional Library and Hougang Central Hub over the next three weekends.

These roadshows will lead up to the anchor event, to be held on Nov 7 and 8 at the Singapore Sports Hub and Kallang Wave Mall.

A spokesman for HPB said it hopes to reach out to a total of 150,000 Singaporeans to empower them to adopt healthy living.

The activities are planned around HPB's five main health pillars, which are to inspire people to get active, eat smart, get appropriate screening tests, think positive and quit smoking.

This national healthy lifestyle campaign is into its 24th year.

The campaign was started by then Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong in 1992 to remind Singaporeans of the benefits of adopting a healthy lifestyle and was previously known as the National Healthy Lifestyle Campaign. The theme for this year's festival is "Live Healthy, Get More From Life!".

For roadshow details, go to www.healthylifestyle.sg

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 22, 2015, with the headline 'Putting the fun into healthy living'. Print Edition | Subscribe