SINGAPORE: Parliamentary Secretary for Health Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim has said it is important to engage Singaporeans in the journey towards implementing healthy habits.
Associate Prof Muhammad Faishal said this after a Facebook chat session with more than 50 people on Wednesday evening.
The event was the first of many interactive dialogue sessions held as part of an ongoing consultation exercise to seek views on the Health Ministry's Healthy Living Master Plan.
The six-week-long consultation exercise will also include three community dialogue sessions, which are also part of the Ministry's 'Our Singapore Conversation' exercise.
Announced last month, the plan is aimed at developing initiatives that will ensure all Singaporeans have access to an affordable healthy lifestyle.
It was chaired by Associate Prof Faishal and Minister of State for Health, Dr Amy Khor.
Chat participants discussed a host of health-related issues during the one-and-a-half-hour session - from stress as a contributing factor to unhealthy choices, to having free travel for seniors to get them moving more.
Speaking to the media after the session, Associate Prof Faishal noted how the discussion centred around better inter-agency collaboration.
And he said the Health Ministry will work on this.
"We've had many initiatives in the past, but we recognise that as we go forward, we need a master plan that will lead us to the next decade or so, but the starting point are our people, so it's important that we hear them. In addition to the literature or initiatives that we have, we want to make sure that what we're doing can connect with the people, and it's what they want," he said. - CNA/de
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