Singapore Heart Foundation Battles High Blood Cholesterol this National Heart Week/World Heart Day 2022

In commemoration of the National Heart Week/World Heart Day (NHW/WHD) 2022, Singapore Heart Foundation (SHF) resumed its annual physical roadshow at Our Tampines Hub on 17 and 18 September 2022. There were many activities during the event, including talks and stations for the public to visit to learn more about CPR, health tips and games.

Taking Steps to Lower Your Cholesterol

The two-day event aims to raise public awareness and promote preventive measures to reduce the local incidence of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and one of its key risk factors, high blood cholesterol. In addition, SHF is also working with Shopee Supermarket to educate and engage consumers online in making heart-healthy dietary choices.

Members of the public at Our Tampines Hub took part in various activities including nutrition games, heart-pumping exercises and health talks that will impart helpful knowledge for managing cholesterol. Dr Janil Puthucheary, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Health, was also present as the Guest of Honour to officiate the launch of the event.

Deepen Your Heart Knowledge with Captain Hugo

In addition, SHF is bringing back the award-winning online board game, Captain Hugo (previously known as Hugopoly), to entertain and motivate Singaporeans to deepen their heart health knowledge through quizzes on cholesterol and CVD prevention.

Players will also be challenged to take active steps in healthy eating and exercising to manage their blood cholesterol levels. Play the game here and start earning points at captainhugo.myheart.org.sg.

Players can exchange their points for exciting prizes, including an Apple Watch, Air Fryer and FairPrice Shopping Vouchers to support them on their heart health journey. The game will also be made available on Shopee Games from 29 September to 12 October for exclusive incentives.

How Does One Eat Healthily?

While being conscious of your diet, there are definitely steps you can take to still enjoy your fried food (in moderation, of course!). Philip’s latest kitchen innovation – the Philips Airfryer Essential XL Connected offers you a way to eat your favourite food more healthily. The air fryer provides the perfect crispy texture and delicious taste with a fraction of the oil that a deep fryer needs! This can be hugely beneficial health-wise, because consuming high amounts of fat from frying oil is one of the factors that contributes to increased risk of heart disease.

When the Philips Airfryer Essential XL Connected is paired with the NutriU app, you will have access to hundreds of healthy and delicious recipes – from Spicy Chicken DrumsticksTeriyaki Salmon with Green Vegetables to Potato Chips! The recipes have been created by nutritional experts who prioritise health, convenience and taste. What’s more, you can find nutritional information with every recipe – perfect for the health and calorie-conscious!

The Philips Airfryer Essential XL Connected retails for S$279 and is now available on the Philips e-store and at all Philips-authorised retailers. The NutriU App can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play Store.

Story of a Heart Attack Scare by Mediacorp Artiste Hong Hui Fang

Mediacorp artiste Hong Hui Fang also shared about the scare she had a few years back. She recalled the night where she woke up with intense chest pain both front and back. She then woke her husband up to bring her to the hospital when the pains did not stop. Besides chest pain, she also vomited, and she felt that it was so difficult to breathe – all these were symptoms of a heart attack.

As she told the audience about her experience, she recalled the numerous changes she had to make in her lifestyle including switching to brown rice instead of eating white rice, having to remove the skin from her fried chicken and even having to start exercising regularly. She also cautions those with a history of heart problems to constantly monitor their heart rate even when exercising and avoid over-exerting themselves.

Don’t wait till it’s too late, start taking steps to keep your heart healthy today!


Images: Singapore Heart Foundation and Goh Rui Ting

 

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