Health is Wealth

Health is the prerequisite to everything you want to do. Yet, most of the Singapore population still find it difficult to exercise, eat healthily, and break bad habits. We talk to two scholars who are keen to influence the Singapore population to adopt a healthier lifestyle.

By Eliza Hamizah

We’ve all seen them; eye-catching posters to encourage parents to bring their kids outdoors to prevent myopia, sombre black and white images to remind the public that cigarettes are cancer sticks, and stairs at public areas within the Health Promotion Board (HPB) painted in cheery and colourful hues to promote active physical activity among the public. These are just some of HPB’s tireless efforts to promote a healthy lifestyle among the Singapore population.

To accomplish this however, requires a determined and dedicated team and each year, HPB grooms a handful of students to be part of this team and to one day, be the future drivers of Singapore’s health industry.

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Opening the Doors of Health

While Singaporeans get teary-eyed over the latest Royston Tan short film on dementia, “Ah Kong”, there is an important health message in it that the organisation behind its makings hope the audience gets. It is this drive to promote greater health awareness and social change that attracts youngsters to join HPB’s cause.

By Wendy Ng

Herophilus, a Greek physician, once said, “When health is absent, wisdom cannot reveal itself, art cannot manifest, strength cannot fight, wealth becomes useless, and intelligence cannot be applied.”

Indeed, health is an extremely important facet in everyone’s life.

For the average individual, he is usually only concerned about keeping himself in the pink of health.

However, the dedicated staff at the Health Promotion Board (HPB) has to manage the Herculean task of actively getting health messages out to Singaporeans and empower them with the knowledge and skills to actively manage their own health.

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Starting a Healthy Career

Two of HPB’s scholars tell us of their journey towards making healthy choices in life.

By Nabilah Husna A. Rahman

What’s the best way to attain good health? The people at the Health Promotion Board (HPB) will tell you it is about making the right choices.

A balanced lifestyle and rewarding pursuits can take you considerably far in your life and career, as testified by two of HPB’s scholars, Leonard Yeo and Lin Jieying.

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