Category: Health

Another Reason Why CPF Top Ups are Incredible Investments

[By Jake Goh]

My son was born last November. We had been planning and waiting for his arrival. But what we didn’t expect was for my wife to undergo an emergency caesarean delivery. Thankfully, I was able to use my Medisave. Then, when I received my year-end bonus, I topped up my Medisave, intending only to maximise my CPF account. But what happened next was a pleasant surprise.   

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How Flu Shots Save You Money

[By Jake Goh]

There are two big misconceptions about the flu. First, people believe that if you’re in good health, your immune system will protect you from the flu. Second, people believe that getting the flu is no big deal, because it’s not deadly. Both of these statements are wrong. (more…)

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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