Students get on board the National Steps Challenge with Rep with Steps competition

SINGAPORE - More than 20,000 students from 27 secondary schools and junior colleges are taking part in Rep with Steps, a school-based competition that was launched officially on Friday (Feb 19).

Organised by the Health Promotion Board, Rep with Steps extends the reach of the National Steps Challenge to schools. The challenge has attracted about 156,000 participants island-wide since it started on Nov 7 last year (2015).

Students from the participating schools were each given a step tracker, and the eight schools with the highest daily average number of steps achieved per student will be rewarded with cash prizes.

The guest of honour for the launch, held in Woodgrove Secondary School was Minister of State for Health Chee Hong Tat. He emphasised the need for healthy living to be a lifelong process. He encouraged students to continue to keep healthy and stay active even after the competition is over.

The Chief Executive Officer of the Health Promotion Board, Mr Zee Yoong Kang, highlighted the scale of the National Steps Challenge, noting that this is the first time in global medical history that there is such a major programme.

The official Rep with Steps competition period began on Monday (Feb 15), and will run for two months until April 22.

kenggene@sph.com.sg