Article 1.The New Paper 23 August 2017
Title: Polys join war against diabetes with nutrition courses for public.
Issued by: Ngee Ann Poly (NP), Temasek Poly (TP) and Singapore Poly (SP)
Client: Diabetic Society of Singapore (DSS)
Target audience: Adults
3 key message:
Healthy eating is the “cornerstone in the maintenance of healthy weight”
Major risk factors for diabetes are being overweight or obese
Transferring the knowledge about diabetes to the public so they will be more aware of the symptoms.
Being overweight has always been an issue for everyone and it is one of the risk factor for diabetes. In order to help Singaporeans to avoid or manage diabetes, local polytechnics are launching short courses for the public on nutrition management. The programmes would be covering topics, such as diabetics basics, prevention of complications and self-care. It also focus on how the public should develop healthy eating habits on their daily basis to maintain a healthy weight (Lee, 2017).
Obesity can lead to diabetes, heart disease and certain forms of cancer, which is also a reason that TP plans to run the courses every quarter of the programme to transfer knowledge to the public about the symptoms of diabetes. Majority of the courses are supported and subsidised by SkillsFuture Singapore (Temasek Polytechnic, 2017).
Mr. Michael Lee, age 58 had enrolled for TP’s diabetes-focused course and hoped to find new ways to help diabetes patients to be less reliant on long-term medication. The member of the Diabetic Society of Singapore (DSS) mentioned that it takes discipline to do more physical exercises and diet control with the stop of consuming medicine for the past three years (Lee, 2017).
TP had announced the launch of multi-grain drink, iLitie GrainsPlus which consist of low glycaemic index (GI). The value of GI refers to the rate of different foods that raise a person’s blood sugar level. The school had collaborated with food manufacturing company Faesol to create the drink which is now available at NTUC FairPrice outlets. Students from the School of Applied Science had also announced a collaboration with NTUC Foodfare to develop diabetic-friendly dishes, such as pad thai, noodles made from sweet potato instead of rice flour and spicy biryani with lamb meatballs which contain low-GI and long-grain rice (Suniega, 2018). These dishes are halal-certified as well and are available at NTUC Foodfare located at Mapletree Business City.
The Chemical & Life Science from Singapore Polytechnics has previously teamed up with companies to create low GI instant soya oatmeal, banana chocolate cupcake mix, brownie mix and healthier mee kia, which some are available at supermarkets and hawker stalls (Singapore Polytechnic, 2017).
Article 2.The Straits Times 05 April 2017
Title: Many not following up after health screening.
Issued by: SingHealthClient: Diabetic Society of Singapore (DSS)
Target audience: Adults
3 key message:
A significant proportion of people did not follow up on their screening when they were required to.
Diabetes affects an estimated 400,000 people in Singapore.
$5 fee includes screening and first follow-up consultation with a doctor and is cheaper for those on the Community Health Assist Scheme or those who are part of the pioneer generation.
There are approximately 400,000 people in Singapore that were affected by diabetes and to the matter of that, SingHealth had run six to eight screenings per annum, mentioning that one in four people who were screened between July 2015 and the same month last year had not returned for a doctor’s follow-up after a year. The professionals in Healthcare said that many people do not see their results as being serious enough to warrant a doctor’s visit, or do not want any medication, and others saying that they were too busy (Lai, 2017).
The health screening fee for Singaporean aged 40 and above includes screening for four diseases which are high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes as well as cervical cancer. However, those aged 50 and above can also get screened for colorectal cancer at no extra cost (Ministry of Health Singapore, 2018).
Groups such as SingHealth, the Diabetic Society of Singapore (DSS) and the Singapore Cancer Society have nurses who make phone calls to remind people to arrange their next follow-up appointments. The nurses will call them in regular intervals, and usually ever three to six months by explaining to the the potential risks if they were to delay such appointments.
DSS vice-president Kalpana Bhaskaran stressed the importance of screenings and follow-ups, saying: “Most of the lifestyle diseases are silent disease and do not have any symptoms during the initial stages, thus people are not aware.” She also mentioned that problems can snowball without regular screenings and follow-ups. For example, diabetes can lead to blindness, kidney failure and amputation of the limbs. Not dealing with such ailments early will lead to more money spent when the conditions have worsen.