A new community volunteering network has been set up to bring together existing HDB community-bonding programmes and volunteers into a single network.
Minister for National Development and Second Minister for Finance Lawrence Wong announced the launch of the new Friends of Our Heartlands network.
Existing programmes such as the Heartland Ambassador Programme, Project SPHERE, Good Neighbours Project, and Friendly Faces, Lively Places Fund will be consolidated under three new tracks under the new overarching network, according to a HDB press release.
The three new tracks - "Cultivate", "Activate" and "Facilitate" - will enable volunteers to choose how they wish to contribute to the community.
Proteins are used every day to keep the body going. Because they are used to develop, grow and maintain just about every part of our bodies — from our skin and hair to our digestive enzymes and immune system antibodies — they are constantly being broken down and must be replaced.
Vital organs, muscles, tissues and even some hormones of the body are made from proteins. Additionally, proteins create hemoglobin and important antibodies. Proteins are involved in just about every body function from controlling blood sugar levels to healing wounds and fighting off bacteria.
Signs of protein deficiency
You have high cholesterol
You are feeling more anxious and moody
Your workouts are suffering
You are not sleeping well
You are putting on weight
Your metabolic and digestive systems are not working well
You concentration is poor
Your menstrual cycle is irregular
You are getting sick more often
Your injuries are slow to heal
Your hair is thinning
Your nails and skin are weak
You are feeling tired or weak
How much protein we need a day?
The Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA), which is the minimum amount you need to be healthy, is 0.8 grams per kilogram. Just multiple your weight by 0.8 will show you your RDA.
Food with high protein
Eggs - 1 large egg has 6g of protein
Almonds - 1 ounce has 6 g of protein
Chicken breast - contains 53g of protein/breast
Oats - half a 8oz cup contains 13g of protein
Cheese - 1 8oz cup contains 27g of protein
Milk - 1 cup contains 8g of protein
Singaporean boxer Muhamad Ridhwan “The Chosen One” has become the country’s first professional world title holder.
The 29-year-old beat Tanzanian World Boxing Association (WBA) Pan African champion Fadhili Majiha via KO after four rounds, to win the Universal Boxing Organisation (UBO) world super-featherweight (58.97kg) title.
Muhamad Ridhwan stays perfect with eight wins in eight fights of his pro boxing career.
Fibre is the part of plant foods — vegetables, fruits, beans, nuts, legumes, and seeds — that your body cannot digest.
There are two types of fibre: insoluble, which helps food pass through your digestive system, and soluble, which helps eliminate fat and lower cholesterol.
Thanks to soluble fibre, sugars enter your bloodstream at a slower rate, giving you a steady supply of energy. Soluble fibre turns to gel in the stomach and slows digestion, which helps lower cholesterol and blood glucose. This gel also binds fats with other nutrients so that they are not digested, or absorbed, into the body.
When you eat foods that lack fibre, your blood sugar can spike quickly. Then it crashes, causing hunger and overeating.
Food with high fibre
1. Sugarcane juice
One 250ml (8 ounce) of sugarcane has 13 grams of dietary fibre per serving. Meaning, if you drink 500ml of sugarcane juice, your daily vaule of fibre maybe fully met.
2. 1 apple has 3.3g of fibre
3. 1 baked sweet potato with skin has 4.8g of fibre
4. 1 medium artichoke has 3g fibre
5. 1 cup of raspberries has 8g fibre
6. 1 cup of cooked black beans has 15g fibre
7. 1 cup of cooked peas has 8.8g of fibre
8. Half avocados has 6.7g of fibre
9. Chia seeds/tablespoon has 5.5g of fibre
10. 1 cup (250ml) of coconut water has 2.6g of fibre
Note: Different institutes recommend different amount of fibre per day, eg:
Men under 50 - 38g
Women unden 50 - 25g
Men over 50 - 30g
Women over 50 - 21g
Eating a small amount of chocolate every week or so may decrease the risk of a common and serious type of irregular heart rhythm, according to a new study of people in Denmark.
People who ate chocolate one to three times per month were about 10 percent less likely to be diagnosed with atrial fibrillation than those who ate the sweet treat less than once a month, researchers found.
"As part of a healthy diet, moderate intake of chocolate is a healthy snack choice," said lead author Elizabeth Mostofsky, of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.
The study cannot say for certain that it was the chocolate that prevented atrial fibrillation, however.
“It is okay to chow on chin chow!” the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) said, after two videos circulating online showed grass jelly that appeared “spongy”.
In a Facebook post, AVA said laboratory tests have been conducted on samples from the feedback providers and they “were found to be real chin chow”. AVA added that it also conducted an inspection at the manufacturing facility of the grass jelly and found it to be “satisfactorily maintained with no abnormalities in their manufacturing process.
A laser treatment developed here for glaucoma patients has proven more effective while causing less pain and side effects, according to data from the National University Hospital (NUH).
The treatment - micropulse transscleral cyclophototherapy (MPTCP) - involves shooting small lasers into the patient's eyes, as opposed to the conventional treatment of transscleral cyclophotocoagulation (TCP), which uses a high-intensity laser.
Within 12 months, 75 per cent of patients who underwent MPTCP had their eye pressure reduced, compared with 20 per cent for the conventional treatment, according to figures NUH released yesterday.
While 30 to 40 per cent of patients who undergo TCP suffer side effects such as inflammation and shrinkage of the eye, there were almost no side effects reported by patients who received the new treatment. It takes 100 seconds to complete, half the time needed for conventional laser treatment.
Glaucoma results in gradual loss of one's vision and can lead to blindness. It is caused by improper drainage of fluid from the eye, causing increasing eye pressure that damages the optic nerve.
While glaucoma is incurable, it can be delayed through eye drops and oral medication. In advanced stages of glaucoma, laser treatment is recommended only after invasive surgery fails to reduce eye pressure.
Three per cent of Singapore residents aged 50 and above have glaucoma, rising to 10 per cent for those aged 70 and above.
Natural ways of reducing pressure
1) Eat food that may help your eyes:
Food high in carotenoids or vitamin A
Brewer’s yeast – Provides chromium, a mineral that has been shown to be beneficial for people with glaucoma
Blueberries and cherries – These two super fruits cherries and blueberries contain anthocyanidin that can help fight free radicals that damage eyes
Lower your insulin levels, especially for people with diabetes, obesity and high blood pressure by eating less sugar and processed carbs
Getting loads of lutein and zeaxanthin from green, leafy vegetables or supplements
Vitamin C supplementation is safer and far more effective than traditional drug treatment for glaucoma. At 1,500 mg daily, using this vitamin has led to almost-normal eye pressure levels
2) Do some eye exercises to relax or strengthen eye muscles and nerves - see ref 4
Researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) have developed a novel handheld device for the treatment of a common ear complaint that could significantly improve current surgical methods.
The researchers said the device, known as CLiKX, is the first of its kind and can shave hours off the previous method, as well as cut up to two-thirds of the cost, based on a ballpark figure of $2,000 to $3,000 for an unsubsidised patient.
The condition, known as Otitis Media with Effusion (OME), also known as "glue ear", affects up to 709 million people worldwide annually. Nine out of 10 are children and in Singapore, about 84,000 children a year suffer from it, said the researchers.
CLiKX is used to make a microincision in the patient's eardrum to insert a tube that drains the fluid. It takes seconds, compared with the previous surgical method, which is done in an operating theatre and takes between six and eight hours as the patient has to be under general anaesthesia.
While parents may rely on health claims to choose a formula milk brand for their children, experts say such claims meant for children above one are a “marketing ploy” because the same nutrients can be found in everyday food.
Referring to nutrients like docosahexaenoic acid (DHA or omega 3), taurine and choline which are prominently promoted on milk tins, paediatric dietitian Meave Graham said: “These nutrients are found in breast milk and in normal balanced diets. Children do not need special supplements of these nutrients.”
In fact, giving formula milk can worsen picky eating habits and contains no nutritional benefit over a balanced diet she said, stressing that formula milk is not recommended for children above 12 months.
Workers exposed to sunlight or bright indoor lights during the morning hours sleep better at night and tend to feel less depressed and less stressed than those who do not get much morning light, showed a recent study.
Exposure to more light during the day and less light at night is critical for healthy sleep patterns because it helps to calibrate the body's internal circadian clock, the study team wrote in the journal Sleep Health.
The results suggest that in office environments, being exposed either to daylight or electric lights that are rich in short wave "blue" light may be important for the health of workers, said lead author Mariana Figueiro, programme director at the Lighting Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York.
Sir Roger Moore passed away in Switzerland following a short battle with cancer, aged 89.
Moore was the longest serving Bond, having played the famous spy in seven films. He played a big part in turning the series into one of Hollywood's longest and most valuable franchises. The franchise continues to be one of the industry's biggest money spinners, grossing in excess of $7 billion. "Skyfall," released in 2012, alone made a cool $1.1 billion.
Sir Roger Moore also played Simon Templar in television series The Saint between 1962 and 1969.
A morbidly obese macaque who lives near a floating market in Thailand is raising eyebrows for his sheer size. At about 33 lbs. (15 kilograms), the chubby monkey, dubbed "Uncle Fatty" by tourists in the park, dwarfs his average-size comrades, who typically weigh about between 13.2 and 15.4 lbs. (6 and 7 kg).
But how exactly did Uncle Fatty get so rotund, and are the causes and consequences of obesity in animals similar to those found in humans?
"Like humans, macaques become obese from consuming excess calories — regardless of the type of food," Patricia Turner, a pathobiologist at the University of Guelph in Canada, who has studied obesity in macaques. told Live Science in an email.
And it turns out that Uncle Fatty isn't alone: As animals that live in association with humans take up the habits of people, the animals too are facing increased rates of obesity and metabolic disease, such as type 2 diabetes, Turner said.
My 2 cents: There should be rehab centres for obese Singaporeans, where they are actually doing exercises and eating controlled meals instead of going to doctors to lose weight. Most men put on weight once they came out from military service. Therefore exercises and controlled meals in the military service are important aspects of controlling one's weight.
NTUC FairPrice announced on Sunday that it is giving up to S$100 worth of baby and family-related products to families with newborn babies over the next three years.
A media release stated that the FairPrice FairMily Kit will be available to all Singapore citizen babies born between January 2016 and December 2019. "The scheme is anticipated to benefit 35,000 babies per year," it added.
The S$14 million initiative is part of the NTUC Good Start Bundle launched in April, which also includes NTUC Income's complimentary health insurance coverage for newborns. Eligible parents can visit www.ntucgoodstart.sg to sign up for their kit.
The Health Sciences Authority (HSA) issued an alert warning members of the public against buying Royal Expert Whitening Cream, which contains high levels of mercury.
Mercury is a toxic substance that can cause rash, skin discolouration and blotching, or even affect a person’s kidneys and nervous system in the long-term. It is prohibited for use as an ingredient in cosmetic products.
The HSA advises consumers to stop using the product and discard it immediately.
According to a new study, flavanols, a component of cocoa (a key ingredient of chocolate, of course), reverses at least one aspect of memory loss associated with normal ageing.
The study was conducted on 37 individuals aged 50 to 69. Half were told to consume 900 mg of cocoa flavanols and the other half, just 10 mg everyday for three months.
After three months, both groups took a memory test conducted by Scott Small, professor of neurology at Columbia’s Taub Institute for Research on Alzheimer’s Disease and the Aging Brain, and his colleague Adam Brickman.
The group that took high amounts of cocoa performed much better on the visual memory test, as if they were 30 years younger.
People who work shifts for 10 years or more may suffer loss of memory and brain power, said a study Tuesday that also warned of safety concerns in high-risk jobs.
The effects on brain function can be reversed, the team wrote in the journal Occupational & Environmental Medicine, but this may take at least five years.
The research is the latest to highlight the dangers of shift work, which disrupts the body’s internal clock and has previously been linked to health problems like ulcers, cardiovascular disease and some cancers.
People from Singapore live longer, healthier lives than those from almost any other country, based on the latest World Health Statistics report by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
Singapore ranked third for life expectancy at birth across both genders, behind Switzerland (second) and Japan (first), out of all countries for which there were data. According to the report, the average life expectancy at birth for Singaporeans is 83.1 years. Swiss nationals can expect to live for 83.4 years, and life expectancy for Japan is 83.7 years.
James Patterson spoke at a conference for middle school principals in New York City and he said: Convince these kids to read more for fun.
So much reading they are forced to do is just tedious.
That is not the way, especially with little kids, to get them to read.
It should be more of a joyful experience. Why is it important for kids to be readers? I tell parents that you teach your kid to ride a bike, catch a ball. That is good. But keeping them reading, that is the most important thing.
Why? Because you are building their character, preparing them for school, for life.
The Government has tweaked forms and processes so parents can easily apply to become their special-needs child's deputy before the latter graduates from 4 schools, namely Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore, AWWA School, Eden School, Pathlight School and St Andrew's Autism School.
Under this Assisted Deputyship Application Programme, students about to graduate will have their mental capacity evaluated by school psychologists. Parents will then be invited for a deputyship briefing with pro-bono lawyers who can help them fill in forms and make court applications.
The entire process takes two to three months and will cost under $400. Without this programme, parents would have to pay $3,000 to $9,000 for legal fees, and a few hundred for a formal medical report.
The Ministry of Social and Family Development intends to roll this scheme out to another four Sped schools next year - Metta School, Grace Orchard School, Rainbow Centre Margaret Drive School and Rainbow Centre Yishun Park School.
Motorist.sgwalked from North Bridge Road to Lavender MRT Station, and placed parking coupons on vehicles with coupons that had expired. They gave out $120 worth of coupons.
Motorist.sg chief marketing officer Jake Ler, 29, told The New Paper: "We were inspired by many other kindness movements around the world, and we wanted to do one in Singapore to show that it is not hard to be kind to our fellow drivers."
The group will be honoured by the Singapore Kindness Movement (SKM), as part of the Kindness Day SG 2017 Appreciation Dinner.
Sentosa Golf Club (SGC) has raised S$200,000 for the beneficiaries of Arc Children’s Centre and Assisi Hospice in a landmark charity fundraising drive organised in conjunction with the opening of SGC’s New Tanjong Course.
Madam Esah Lim, 60, worries for her severely autistic son, Mr Ivan Lim, 27, especially about how he will cope without her.
She intends to start a trust account under the Special Needs Trust Company (SNTC) to help manage his finances after she dies. But the minimum sum of $5,000 needed to start the trust weighed on her mind.
A meeting with two case managers from non-profit organisation Ray of Hope Initiative (ROHI) has helped her take her first steps towards seeding the trust with an online crowdfunding campaign.