Category: Health

Direct Purchase Health Coverage – Another Reason to get your Integrated Shield Plan from NTUC Income

With 33 Integrated Shield Plans (IPs) listed on the MOH website (as of July 2017), how does one choose the right plan? For most people, they choose whatever their insurance agent sells. As someone who has looked at nearly all the available plans, let me tell you why I decided to go with NTUC Income (and no, they are not paying me anything for this review).

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Funerals – What Are You Really Paying For?

In the States, funerals are not a 3- or 5-day affair. Generally, most funeral services in the States last 2 to 5 hours. So when I witnessed and attended my first funeral in Singapore, my initial thought was, “How does the body stay ‘fresh’ and not smell while left out in a warm and humid environment for 5 days?” And I wondered how much does such a lengthy funeral service cost.

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Work Great on A Great Street – Free Fitness Workouts & Health Screenings on Orchard Road

We’re fast approaching the end of the year, which for many, can be a time when we experience a rise in our weight. With so much to do in a day, it’s hard to squeeze in time for fitness and self-care. But if you happen to live or work around Orchard Road, you’re in luck. The Orchard Road Business Association wants you to take the first step to a fitter and healthier lifestyle. With free fitness workouts, free health screenings, and free lunchtime talks (with lunch provided), you can “Work Great on A Great Street”. This programme runs through the end of the year.

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Get Moving, Get Healthy, & Get Rewarded

Whether you like it or not, the Paleo Diet is not going away any time soon. But one thing about it that is often overlooked in this whole Paleo Movement is the latter part, i.e., the movement part. Our hunter-gatherer ancestors often walked between 6 to 16km daily, and often while carrying their young, food, or other objects. This range is approximately 7,500 to 20,000 steps per day, assuming 1km = 1,250 steps. In our modern world of convenience and comfort, our sedentary lifestyle is simply making us sick. And unfortunately, our gym time doesn’t undo the negative effects of prolonged sitting. But the Health Promotion Board wants to challenge you to change this.

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7 Tips To Beat Jet Lag

The next day after an 18-hour trans-pacific flight from the States, I was due to make a presentation for the final rounds of a Data Visualisation “hackathon” competition. The (local) time of the presentation was 1pm, while the corresponding time in the States (where I was the previous day) was midnight. As you know, long-haul flights can often leave a person feeling exhausted, irritable, and “brain foggy”, which are all common symptoms of jet lag. But on the day of my presentation, I felt very refreshed, well-rested, and energetic. Here’s how I was able to recover so quickly:

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Get Screened for Cervical Cancer – Free Until 31 August

My friend’s mother passed from cervical cancer at age 50. At the time, my friend and I had just graduated from uni. It came as a great shock because my friend’s father was a renowned TCM doctor. But it turned out that her mother never had a Pap smear before. By the time the cancer was discovered, it was too late. According to the US Centers for Disease Control, up to 93% of cervical cancers could be prevented by proper screening and other preventative measures.
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Money Hacks for People with Diabetes in Singapore

Having diabetes not only comes with a diminished quality of life and social stigma, but it can also be a heavy financial burden. And as any good financial advisor will tell you, wealth planning is not complete without health planning. According to the Ministry of Health (MOH), diabetes is the 2nd leading cause of death in Singapore. Last year, MOH declared a “war on diabetes“, and together with the Health Promotion Board (HPB), they’ve put programmes into place to make healthier food options and exercise more available and more affordable. They have also reduced the cost of diabetes screening and medications. In addition to these, here are some other ways for people with diabetes to control costs. (more…)

Government Policies on Social Safety Nets – Simplified!

We all wish to live and age well, and nobody desires to be disabled or dependent. You could have your life perfectly planned and yet be completely blindsided by tragedy (the 3 D’s – death, disease, and divorce – are cruel and notoriously common). And this is why we have government social safety nets. But when tragedy strikes, it’s hard to know where to start. With different schemes spanning different ministries and agencies, it can be quite daunting. So this is another attempt to help simplify the various schemes:

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