Need an excuse to get healthy? With the new Programme for Active Living (PAL), you can get paid to get fit. If you live in the Bishan-Toa PayohGroup Representative Constituency (GRC), you can redeem gift vouchers when you play sports or undergo medical check-ups. It’s that simple! How? Just download this new fitness app. Whenever you take part in the mentioned activities, you will accumulate points in the app. There are multiple point tiers with increasing rewards, and participants who reach the highest tier can redeem $35 worth of vouchers.
But that’s not all you can get. Tracking your fitness just became a lot easier. You can also obtain a fitness tracker, issued by the Health Promotion Board (HPB). This is part of it’s National Steps Challenge, in which everyone is encouraged to keep fit by walking 10,000 steps daily. You don’t necessarily need a $400 tracker to keep fit, now you can do it for free!
The best part is that you don’t have to trouble yourself doing these activities. They include medical check-ups like eye check-ups or physical activities like badminton or Zumba, activities that you should already be doing to stay healthy. If not, this is the perfect opportunity to start. Who would want to miss out on free money? These activities are usually available at the community centres within the area. To register your participation, you can scan the QR codes that will be present during these activities.
According to the constituency’s Member of Parliment Ng Eng Hen, who spoke at the event launch, 80,000 or 40 per cent of the Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC’s residents are above 50 years old.
“I use that age because we cannot start being more active only when we reach 65 years old. It has to be a lifestyle habit and the younger one starts, the better,” he also said. “Make no mistake, being active can make a difference to your health… As we grow older, we tend to lose muscle mass. This is why the elderly are more prone to falls. It happens slowly so most don’t notice the weakness and unsteadiness.”
Singapore has continuously been taking small steps to ensure it’s citizens are healthy, from the National Steps Challenge to this new programme. However, we still need to put in the effort to get involved in these initiatives if we want to be a country known for fitness and good health, especially with our growing obesity rates and ageing population.
By Muhd Farhan