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Healthy Community Ecosystem formed at Sembawang, Chua Chu Kang

Sembawang and Chua Chu Kang residents now have the added support of facilities and infrastructure around their estates to get healthy. This is part of HPB's initiative under the Healthy Community Ecosystem. 

SINGAPORE: Sembawang and Chua Chu Kang residents now have the added support of facilities and infrastructure around their estates to get healthy.

This is part of the Health Promotion Board's (HPB) initiative under the Healthy Community Ecosystem.

The initiative brings together a range of facilities and infrastructure around the neighbourhood.

For example, there are visual cues along the stairs to encourage people to walk up to their homes rather than take the lift.

HPB said such visual cues have become a feature in all 119 HDB blocks in the Sembawang estate.

There are also classes for residents to whip up low-calorie meals.

HPB is also working to get coffee shops to offer healthy eating options in the community. It said that by next month, meals with calorie counts of below 500 will be available at the Woodlands and Sembawang Mart food courts.

Around the estates, thrice-a-week exercise sessions have also been organised by HPB.

Going forward, HPB will also tap on the Land Transport Authority's (LTA's) Walk2Ride programme, which will extend walkways and build rest areas by 2018.

HPB said it will work with LTA to ensure there are elderly-friendly features at these rest areas, and there will also be relevant health messages on such infrastructure in Sembawang and Chua Chu Kang.

Parliamentary Secretary for Health, Associate Professor Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim, said the initiative is part of the government's Healthy Living Master Plan.

He said there are plans to roll out the initiative to other constituencies.

Associate Professor Muhammad Faishal, who is also chairperson of the Healthy Living Master Plan Task Force, said: "It is a community effort.

"Different areas would require different cues and elements. But we want to learn from this process of connecting all our initiatives together and see how we can facilitate the implementation at other constituencies or estates."

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