ActiveSG introduces healthy lifestyle scheme for pre-schoolers

Nurture Kids is being piloted in eight pre-schools across Singapore. PHOTO: ACTIVESG, FRIESLANDCAMPINA ASIA
Interactive activities and games under the Nurture Kids programme are used to get pre-schoolers to stay active. PHOTO: ACTIVESG, FRIESLANDCAMPINA ASIA
As part of the Nurture Kids programme, nutrition workshops are conducted to teach pre-schoolers about food types and the Healthy Plate concept for balanced meals. PHOTO: ACTIVESG, FRIESLANDCAMPINA ASIA

SINGAPORE - ActiveSG, the national movement for sports, has teamed up with a private firm to develop a nutrition and exercise programme for pre-schoolers.

Known as Nurture Kids, the tie-up with dairy firm FrieslandCampina Asia will see children from eight pre-schools engaged in a series of activities to develop basic skills such as throwing and catching.

There will also be workshops on the importance of good nutrition, sleep and physical activity.

The programme will be assessed after 10 weeks to see how effective it has been.

"It is never too early for children to start living healthily," said Mr Lai Chin Kwang, who is chief of ActiveSG.

"We hope that by starting them at a young age, the children will develop a lifelong habit to stay active and healthy."

Studies by the Health Promotion Board have found that one in 10 children here is overweight by age five.

In addition, seven in 10 children who are overweight at age seven will remain that way well into their adult years.

The eight pre-schools are four PCF Sparkletots centres, two MyWorld schools in Woodlands Circle and Ang Mo Kio, one MindChamps school in Ang Mo Kio Avenue 9, and Pat's Schoolhouse at The Grassroots' Club in Ang Mo Kio.

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