Health ministry to work on public suggestions to fight diabetes

Health ministry to work on public suggestions to fight diabetes

Making healthier food and drink options easily available, expanding fitness programmes in the community to make exercise more accessible, and bringing diabetes screening to more workplaces and community venues.

Diabetes

SINGAPORE: More than 1,600 responses were gathered from the six-month public engagement exercise on the War on Diabetes which included eight roadshows and dialogue sessions.

Health Minister Gan Kim Yong gave this update at the opening ceremony of World Diabetes Day at Suntec City on Sunday (Nov 13).

Among the suggestions made were making healthier food and drink options easily available, expanding fitness programmes to make exercise more accessible and bringing diabetes screening to more workplaces and community venues.

Mr Gan said the Health Ministry will work on these suggestions as it develops its multi-year Diabetes Action Plan.

However, a major concern among Singaporeans is the low perceived risk of getting diabetes. This was highlighted in the Health Promotion Board's Health Behaviour Surveillance of Singapore 2016.

This is despite the fact that nine out of 10 respondents knew how serious a condition diabetes was.

Only four in 10 adult Singaporeans identified physical activity as a factor to prevent diabetes.

To this end, Mr Gan said there is room to educate Singaporeans further about the risk of developing diabetes and its prevention and management.

So to commemorate World Diabetes Day, the Diabetes Prevention and Care Taskforce will launch an integrated campaign in the next two months to reach out to Singaporeans.

This will be done through a variety of channels such as TV commercials, and physical installations in central and heartland areas.

Source: CNA/mn

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