Friday, 2 March 2018

Let us exercise ownership over our health, not wait for illness to set in

We know what we should be eating, drinking and doing to keep fit, and the food and sports industries have responded with a raft of new products for every taste from reduced fat muffins to hundreds of calorie-burning classes for every interest and ability level.

Yet chronic diseases are still on the rise in Singapore.

According to the World Bank, half of all global cases of heart disease will be concentrated in Asia by 2030.

This should be enough to shock us into action but the Philips Future Health Index (FHI) suggests that we are still not taking this seriously enough.

While the Government and the private sector have their roles to play in tackling this problem, individuals must take more responsibility for their own health too.


Mandatory exercise at the office, Sweden's latest craze

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Workers spending their lunch break at the gym may be commonplace in most Western countries, but in Sweden some employers are pushing the idea even further, making on-the-job exercise compulsory.

Every Friday, employees of fashion and sportswear retailer Bjorn Borg leave their desks at the company's Stockholm headquarters to get their weekly workout at a nearby gym.

There is no getting out of it: for more than two years the company founded by the Swedish tennis legend has made on-the-job exercise mandatory at the initiative of chief executive Henrik Bunge, a 44-year-old built like a wrestler.

"If you don't want to exercise or be a part of the company culture, you have to go," says Bunge, without batting an eye. So far no one has quit because of the requirement, he adds.


Microsoft to buy solar power in Singapore in first renewable deal in Asia

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Microsoft said on Thursday it will buy solar power from the Sunseap Group in Singapore, the technology company's first renewable energy deal in Asia.

Microsoft will purchase 100% of the electricity generated from Sunseap's 60 megawatt-peak solar power project for 20 years for its Singapore data operations, the software company said in a statement. Sunseap's project consists of an array of solar panels on hundreds of rooftops across the city-state.

"This deal is Microsoft's first renewable energy deal in Asia, and is our third international clean energy announcement, following two wind deals announced in Ireland and the Netherlands in 2017," said Mr Christian Belady, general manager, cloud infrastructure strategy and architecture at Microsoft.

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