Monday, September 25, 2017

Therapeutic garden to improve mental well-being

Source Website: http://www.tnp.sg/news/singapore/therapeutic-garden-improve-mental-well-being
By Felicia Choo, The New Paper, The Straits Time, 20 September 2017 at 06:00 am


The therapeutic garden at Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park.
PHOTO: The therapeutic garden at Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park.
Designing parks for the ageing population was one of the ideas raised by participants at the SGfuture engagement series. This new therapeutic garden will aid in the successful ageing of Singaporeans and also serve as a reference for future therapeutic gardens across Singapore. NParks has plans to develop a network of these gardens in more parks such as Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park. This network of therapeutic gardens is also one of the initiatives under the Action Plan for Successful Ageing report announced by the Ministerial Committee on Ageing last year.
Beyond the elderly, all visitors will be able to enjoy these therapeutic gardens in our public parks as they are designed to bring about restorative effects to our mental well-being. [3]
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New garden opens in Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park.

Called a therapeutic garden, it was designed by the National Parks Board (NParks) to provide respite and improve the mental well-being of visitors.



The therapeutic garden at Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park.
PHOTO: The therapeutic garden at Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park.
With its fragrant and textured plants surrounding a fitness area and benches, a new garden in Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park aims to do more than just please the senses.
Posted by Felicia Choo, The New Paper, The Straits Time, 20 September 2017 at 06:00 am
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Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park (Pond Gardens)
PHOTO: Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park (Pond Gardens)
The Therapeutic Garden at Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park is situated near the pond gardens and was launched on 19 September 2017. The garden is specially designed to engage the senses with a landscape of plants divided into four zones: Fragrance zone, Biodiversity zone, Edibles and Medicinal zone and Colours and Textures zone.
Location: Along Ang Mo Kio Ave 1 (After junction of Marymount Road, Opp Block 223). [2]
Posted by National Parks Board on 21 September 2017

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This and another garden in Tiong Bahru Park that have wheelchair-friendly fitness stations and planters that are sloped or of different heights opened yesterday.



Tiong Bahru Park
PHOTO: The garden is specially designed to engage the senses with a landscape of plants divided into zones. [2]
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Together with the first therapeutic garden launched at HortPark in May last year, the gardens are part of the Action Plan for Successful Ageing announced in 2015.



HortPark
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The first therapeutic garden in Singapore was launched at HortPark on 14 May 2016. This garden has a restorative zone and a complementary activities zone. It is a restful garden with ample shade, wind chimes, water features and an intensive landscape of fascinating and familiar plants to awaken the senses. [2]
Posted by National Parks Board on 21 September 2017

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Activities such as nature art and gardening aim to stimulate participants' senses and memories through interaction with nature, and encourage motor and hand-eye coordination.

"Families don't have many good places to take the elderly with dementia," said Mr Stephen Chan, centre manager and occupational therapist at the Alzheimer's Disease Association

"But when they are in a garden, they are in a safe space, and there is room for the family to mingle and for the elderly person to walk around."

He pointed out features, such as a distinct walking path and brightly coloured signs that are designed for those with dementia.



The therapeutic gardens at Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park designed for families to take the elderly with dementia.
PHOTO: The therapeutic gardens at Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park designed for families to take the elderly with dementia. When they are in a garden, they are in a safe space, and there is room for the family to mingle and for the elderly person to walk around. The distinct walking path and brightly coloured signs are designed for those with dementia.
Posted by National Parks Board on 20 September 2017

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PHOTO: The therapeutic gardens at Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park
Posted by National Parks Board on 18 September 2017

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Each garden and its programmes cost $500,000, with construction firm Woh Hup funding the development of the 900 sq m garden in Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park through the Garden City Fund.

NParks has also collaborated with the National University Health System to conduct studies on the effects of therapeutic horticulture on the elderly.

One study last year found that of 69 elderly residents in Jurong, those who engaged in such horticulture were more satisfied with life and felt more socially connected.

They were at less risk of depression and inflammation-associated diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis.



Marianne North: An Extraordinary Life
PHOTO: Trees, shared cycling-walking pathway, all in the park and Park Connector Network (PCN)
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Fort Canning Park, yoga
PHOTO: Fort Canning Park, yoga
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By Felicia Choo, The New Paper, The Straits Time, 20 September 2017 at 06:00 am



Reference
[1]  Felicia Choo, The Straits Time, Therapeutic garden to improve mental well-being, posted on 20 September 2017 at 06:00 am, http://www.tnp.sg/news/singapore/therapeutic-garden-improve-mental-well-being

[2] National Parks Board, Therapeutic Gardens, Last updated on 21 September 2017, https://www.nparks.gov.sg/gardens-parks-and-nature/therapeutic-gardens

[3] National Parks Board, NParks launches Singapore’s first therapeutic garden in a public park to provide respite and improve mental well-being, posted on 14May 2016, https://www.nparks.gov.sg/news/2016/5/launch-of-therapeutic-garden-at-hortpark

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Para star Chee overcomes odds to win gold

Source Website: http://www.tnp.sg/sports/team-singapore/para-star-chee-overcomes-odds-win-gold
By Sharifah Munirah, The New Paper, 23 September 2017 at 06:00 am

Para-paddler Jason Chee says his gold medal is a message to all Singaporeans to keep fighting.
PHOTO: Para-paddler Jason Chee says his gold medal is a message to all Singaporeans to keep fighting.
PHOTO: Foo Tee Fok / Sport Singapore
Posted by Sharifah Munirah, The New Paper, 23 September 2017 at 06:00 am

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Five years ago, Jason Chee lost three limbs in a horrific ship accident. Four months ago, he lost his right eye to cancer.

But, yesterday, the para-paddler fought against all odds to clinch his first individual gold medal at the Asean Para Games (APG).

The 34-year-old navy serviceman tasted glory after beating Thai paddler Thirayu Chueawong 3-0 (11-8, 11-2, 12-10) in his final match of the men's singles class 2 round-robin event at the Malaysian International Trade and Exhibition Centre in Kuala Lumpur.

Paddlers in classes 1-5 compete in a wheelchair.



This photo taken on December 8, 2015 shows Singaporean table tennis para athlete Jason Chee eyeing a shot against Thailand’s Natthawut
PHOTO: This photo taken on December 8, 2015 shows Singaporean table tennis para athlete Jason Chee eyeing a shot against Thailand’s Natthawut Thinathet during the men’s singles table tennis final at the 8th ASEAN Para Games in Singapore. Singapore brings down the curtain on Southeast Asia’s biggest ever para sports event on December 9 after a week of competition celebrating the achievements and potential of people with disabilities. Organisers said this year’s ASEAN Para Games is the biggest to date with some 1,200 athletes from ten countries participating across 15 sports. Chee, 31, provided one of the many tales of inspiration after he overcame a horrific naval accident to win gold in the men’s team table tennis.
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Chee also defeated another Thai, Thinathet Natthawut, 3-2, and both his compatriots Eric Ting and Darren Chua 3-0, winning all four matches to top the group.

Two years ago, Chee had narrowly missed out on the gold medal to Thinathet in the deciding match of the round-robin event.

He told The New Paper in a phone interview: "It was very tough playing against the Thais, but I am very proud of myself for winning the first gold medal for the individual event."



Two years ago, Chee had narrowly missed out on the gold medal to Thinathet in the deciding match of the round-robin event. But, yesterday, the para-paddler fought against all odds to clinch his first individual gold medal at the Asean Para Games (APG).
PHOTO: Two years ago, Chee had narrowly missed out on the gold medal to Thinathet in the deciding match of the round-robin event. But, yesterday, the para-paddler fought against all odds to clinch his first individual gold medal at the Asean Para Games (APG).
The 34-year-old navy serviceman tasted glory after beating Thai paddler Thirayu Chueawong 3-0 (11-8, 11-2, 12-10) in his final match of the men's singles class 2 round-robin event at the Malaysian International Trade and Exhibition Centre in Kuala Lumpur.
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This is Chee's second medal at this year's APG, after winning bronze in the men's team T1-3 on Tuesday.

Despite losing his right eye in May, Chee remained optimistic about getting back on track for the APG.

"During that time, my training was not that good because when the ball came to my right, I couldn't see the ball clearly," he said.

"But I told myself that I have to go through it and fight for it. By August, I played consistently well for my forehand.

"I feel extremely happy that I can carry on playing table tennis with my one eye."

Chee dedicated his gold medal to his father and late mother, as well as his coach and teammates, thanking them for their continuous support.

"I also want to thank every Singaporean who came down to KL to support me and my teammates, and not forgetting my navy colleagues from 191 Squadron HQ," he said.



I also want to thank every Singaporean who came down to KL to support me and my teammates, and not forgetting my navy colleagues from 191 Squadron HQ,
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"This gold medal is a message to all Singaporeans that although I lost three limbs and one eye, life still goes on. Keep fighting."

Team Singapore also bagged one silver and three bronze medals yesterday.

By Sharifah Munirah, The New Paper, 23 September 2017 at 06:00 am



Reference
[1] Sharifah Munirah, The New Paper, Para star Chee overcomes odds to win gold, posted on 23 September 2017 at 06:00 am, http://www.tnp.sg/sports/team-singapore/para-star-chee-overcomes-odds-win-gold

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Walk together to stay together

Source Website: http://www.tnp.sg/news/singapore/walk-together-stay-together
By Arul John, The New Paper, 21 September 2017 at 06:00 am


Big Walk participants signed up for chances to bond with family and friends
PHOTO: Big Walk participants signed up for chances to bond with family and friends
Roy with his uncle and grandmother during the Big Walk in 2004.
PHOTOS: LIM TENG KIAT
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Family time and bonding are buzzwords for these participants in the National Steps Challenge The New Paper Big Walk 2017.

Retired general manager Lim Teng Kiat, 50, will be walking for the third time. His previous Big Walks were in 2000 and 2004, when the event was still held at the National Stadium.

Mr Lim told The New Paper: "In 2000, I took part with my elder son, Roy, who was a young boy then. He is 21 years old now and unable to join us this year because of university exams.

 

Roy Lim taking part in the TNP Big Walk in 2000
PHOTO: Roy Lim taking part in the TNP Big Walk in 2000
PHOTOS: LIM TENG KIAT
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"In 2004, I was accompanied by Roy, my mother and my brother. This year, I will be accompanied by my wife and 17-year-old son, Ryan."

He added: "The Big Walk has been great family bonding times for me and my family and I have fond memories of it..."

Teacher Senthamarai Saravanan fondly recalled taking part in the Big Walk a few times with her primary school scout troop several years ago.

Madam Senthamarai, who is in her 40s and now teaches in another school, said: "It helped bond me and the scouts closer. We had a lot of funand it was a great way to spend the weekend."

Last year, she and her husband, Mr Saravanan Sadanandom, also in his 40s, and their 10-year-old daughterhad signed up to join the Big Walk, but had to pull out when 
Mr Saravanan fell ill.

Madam Senthamarai said: "Our daughter will have fun and we are looking forward to doing this activity together as a family."

Quality manager Mark Alton, 56, an Australian who has worked in Singapore since 2008, is looking to walk with his wife, Jennifer.

He said: "She has not visited the National Stadium before, so the Big Walk will be a chance for her to see the stadium."

Mr Alton added: "I am busy with my work and Jennifer is busy at home and with some part-time jobs that she does. So we welcome any chance to do things together, be it for health or recreation or both."



The New Paper Big Walk (26 November 2017)
PHOTO: The New Paper Big Walk (26 November 2017)
WHEN Sunday, Nov 26, 7am
WHERE Starts at National Stadium, 
Singapore Sports Hub
HOW Register online at tnpbigwalk.sg
REGISTRATION FEE $25 (Early-bird sign-ups enjoy a 25 per cent discount)
WIN Lots of lucky draw prizes to be won, including the grand prize of an Osim u Love Massage Chair (bespoke version) worth $9,585.
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National Steps Challenge™ Season 3 is here!
PHOTO: National Steps Challenge™ Season 3 is here!
Step into a world of fun with more games, bigger prizes and a healthier you! All with 10,000 steps a day
Participants must be at least 17 years of age at the point of registration.
CHALLENGE PERIOD: 28 October 2017 to 30 April 2018
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The National Steps Challenge was introduced by the Health Promotion Board (HPB) in 2015 and has had two successful seasons.
PHOTO: The National Steps Challenge was introduced by the Health Promotion Board (HPB) in 2015 and has had two successful seasons. Over both campaigns, HPB successfully motivated over 500,000 participants to be more physically active.
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By Arul John, The New Paper, 21 September 2017 at 06:00 am


Walk together to stay together
PHOTO: Walk together to stay together
A road trip brings the two of them to a place none of them expected, regardless of environmental conditions.
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Reference
[1] Arul John, The New Paper, Walk together to stay together, posted on 21 September 2017 at 06:00 am, http://www.tnp.sg/news/singapore/walk-together-stay-together

Links
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