|By Judith Tan|
Community-based programmes such as brisk-walking clubs, or qigong, could influence large segments of the population, especially older people, to take charge of their health. -- ST PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM
PRIME Minister Lee Hsien Loong has given this simple prescription for Singaporeans to keep health costs down: Keep well and maintain healthy lifestyles.
And this means eating more fruits and vegetables, exercising regularly, keeping weight down and not smoking.
'Such a change in attitude and lifestyle requires discipline and perseverance,' said PM Lee in his National Day Rally speech on Sunday night when addressing healthcare issues confronting Singapore.
He said lectures and speeches will not work.
'The best way is to harness social links and interests to help individuals stick to good habits,' said Mr Lee.
Community-based programmes which combine fitness and social elements, such as brisk-walking clubs, or qigong, could influence large segments of the population, especially older people, to take charge of their health.
He cited Minister Lim Boon Heng's Wellness Programme, which comprises three components - medical check-ups, regular exercise and social networking - as an innovative scheme,
The popular Wellness Programme is available at 12 constituencies.
Mr Lee said he visited the one at Jurong and was most struck by cheerful and happy senior citizens.