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Building a "health-promoting ecosystem"

Forty more Healthier Coffee Shops and Hawker Centres will be set up in different parts of Singapore next year.

SINGAPORE: Forty more Healthier Coffee Shops and Hawker Centres will be set up in different parts of Singapore next year.

Minister of State for Health Dr Amy Khor said in Parliament that this is part of the government's effort to build a health-promoting ecosystem.

Another effort is to step up the network of health ambassadors from the current 2,000 to 10,000 by 2015.

Health ambassadors serve as mentors to their friends and families, and spread the word about health care programmes in the communities they're in.

Dr Khor said the Health Promotion Board is also convening a Women's Health Advisory Committee, to help plan a holistic Women's Health Programme to equip women of all ages with the knowledge and skills to improve their health.

A new health promotion grant for constituencies will also be piloted this year.

"Each constituency will be given up to S$10,000 a year for grassroots leaders to co-plan, co-develop and co-implement health promoting activities for their local residents, such as health talks, healthy cooking demonstrations, exercise programmes or other health interest groups," said Dr Khor.

"HPB will develop a toolkit with simple guidelines and checklists to help grassroots leaders with planning and implementation," she added.

Source: CNA/cc

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