War on diabetes: An inside look

Big push to get people more physically active

Residents participating in a Bokwa Fitness routine in Choa Chu Kang Park. The lack of physical activity remains a key health issue here as almost 40 per cent of Singaporeans do not get sufficient physical activity, according to the Health Promotion B
Residents participating in a Bokwa Fitness routine in Choa Chu Kang Park. The lack of physical activity remains a key health issue here as almost 40 per cent of Singaporeans do not get sufficient physical activity, according to the Health Promotion Board.ST FILE PHOTO

From hawkers to schools, many players have emerged in Singapore's war on diabetes, which was first declared in 2016. This is the third in a series examining the efforts at the front lines of this expansive battle.

In May, Dr Fadzil Hamzah, a sport and exercise medicine practitioner who holds the position of senior staff registrar with the Changi Sports Medicine Centre, was asked to give a talk titled From Dawn To Dusk: Living Healthily In Ramadan.

The unusual thing about this request was that he was not asked to speak at a school or community centre - but at a mosque.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 03, 2018, with the headline 'Big push to get people more physically active '. Print Edition | Subscribe