The aim of the Millennia Kids Programme (MKP) is to create healthy communities in the North-East by 'intervening upstream' through education at an early age. MKP tries to do this by inculcating healthy lifestyles amongst primary school children and encouraging them to positively influence their families and friends in turn, with the help of like-minded institutional partners. Besides Sengkang General Hospital (SKH), current MKP partners include Health Promotion Board (HPB), Sport Singapore (SportSG), Tobacco-Free Generation (TRG2000) and National Cancer Centre of Singapore (NCCS).
In 2017 alone, the MKP partners had engaged with more than 8,000 primary school students in Punggol and Sengkang, on subjects such as nutrition, sports safety, fall prevention, empathetic listening and staying tobacco-free. By encouraging healthy lifestyles amongst children, their families and friends, we hope to help them avoid childhood obesity, which may contribute to their future risk of diabetes.
The programme is delivered through assembly talks to the school children, on subjects such as nutrition, sports and wellness. This is then reinforced through experiential learning, for which the students stand to earn special Healthy Living Badges.
At the end of each year, the partners also organise a Millennia Kids Challenge (MKC) family carnival, to encourage family bonding through enjoyable sports-themed activities. Together with our partners, Sengkang General Hospital hopes to build stronger bonds with the community, supporting their healthcare needs for Better Health Together.
In recognition of MKP's impact on preventive and community health, it was awarded the Singapore Health Age-Friendly Award 2015 and the Singapore Healthcare Management Award 2016.
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