War on diabetes: An inside look

War on diabetes: Fitness interest groups on the rise

Mr Edmund Yu leading his group in exercises during a "boot camp" session held at Our Tampines Hub on May 5. The senior project manager became inspired to help others lose weight after he shed more than 10kg off his 91kg frame. This was achieved after
Mr Edmund Yu leading his group in exercises during a "boot camp" session held at Our Tampines Hub on May 5. The senior project manager became inspired to help others lose weight after he shed more than 10kg off his 91kg frame. This was achieved after following a 12-week weight loss programme by the Health Promotion Board.PHOTO: LIN ZHAOWEI FOR THE STRAITS TIMES

Housewife Jurainah Yusof, 45, was never really partial to exercise until she discovered the fun of working out with other women.

Now, she goes to an aqua or water workout session twice every week at the public swimming pool at Choa Chu Kang Sports Complex. But the mother of four knows her new hobby is more than just for fun, and hopes to keep it up. "My parents have diabetes, so my chances of getting it are very high," she said. "Without this programme, I wouldn't be exercising twice a week."

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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 'Fitness interest groups on the rise'. Print Edition | Subscribe