20 Nov '11, 9pm

Clubs for fitness, and for emotional support: by Esther Ng SINGAPORE - From Bukit Panjang to Woodlands, some 30

SINGAPORE - From Bukit Panjang to Woodlands, some 30 per cent of residents in the North West District are part of its healthy lifestyle clubs, with the membership of over 60,000 representing a sevenfold increase over the last decade. And with the Institute of Mental Health's recent finding that one in 10 Singaporeans will suffer from a mental illness in his lifetime, the district's Mayor, Dr Teo Ho Pin, is aiming to further enhance this "social capital" in the community. Dr Teo wants one in two North West residents to join a brisk-walking club by 2015 for exercise and "emotional support". "We want our residents to come together on a regular basis and make friends in different small groups," he said yesterday. "When we first started our healthy lifestyle clubs, we targeted those aged 50 and above, but later ... we brought down the age group to (include) children because we ...

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