Event Review: National Heart Week/World Heart Day 2019

In commemoration of the National Heart Week/World Heart Day (NHW/WHD) 2019, Singapore Heart Foundation (SHF) organised an engaging and fun-filled event at Kampung Admiralty Community Plaza on the 29 September 2019. Continuing the 2018 theme ‘My Heart, Your Heart’ set by the World Heart Federation, the event aimed to educate and encourage Singaporeans to take simple steps for a healthier heart. Mr Amrin Amin, Senior Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of Health, MP for Sembawang GRC, graced the event once again as Guest of Honour.

Launch of the CPR Self-Learning Kiosk Version 2 in Singapore
During the event, SHF together with Nanyang Polytechnic launched the new and improved CPR Self-Learning Kiosk Version 2, which features an interactive hands-only CPR challenge where participants will be quizzed on their knowledge of CPR+AED and challenge themselves to carry out hands-only CPR effectively. Participants can share their results on social media and stand a chance to win attractive prizes like the Miele Oven or Chan Brothers Travel Vouchers.

The CPR Kiosks also features colloquial Singlish voice prompts like “faster lah”, “harder hor” and “steady lah” during chest compressions to encourage more people to try out basic cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) skills.

With the belief that everyone has the ability to save a life, the CPR Kiosk Version 2 aims to raise awareness of CPR, an important lifesaving skill, as well as encourage more people to sign up for CPR+AED Certification Courses. The CPR Kiosks will be rolled out progressively across six public locations (shopping centres, sports complex, etc) for six months.

CPR+AED Certificate Presentation
Sudden cardiac arrest can occur at any moment when the heart suddenly stops beating. Recognising the importance of CPR as a life-saving skill, a certificate presentation was conducted for Woodlands residents who have attended a CPR+AED Certification Course conducted by the Woodlands Grassroots Organisations at Woodlands and Woodlands Galaxy Community Clubs.
The Woodlands residents are now skilled with the important CPR+AED life-saving skill and can help a casualty during emergency situations.

Red Light Up for NHW/WHD 2019
From 27 – 29 September, Singapore supported the global movement of illuminating iconic buildings and landmarks in red. Red symbolises the colour of health, life and vibrancy – but it can also serve as a warning and a red alert, to beware of the red flags, i.e. the warning signs and symptoms of CVD.

This year, 13 locations were lit up which included the Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre and Suntec City, Maybank Tower, Marina Square, the Singapore Flyer, Millenia Tower, OCBC Centre, Helix Bridge, Cavenagh Bridge, Elgin Bridge, Ocean Financial Centre, Victoria Concert Hall, The Fullerton Hotel Singapore and Anderson Bridge. We would like to sincerely thank all our partners that joined us in raising awareness of Singapore’s #1 killer.

Other Activities
At the event, about 2,000 visitors were treated to a wide line-up of educational and engaging activities. Pre-registered participants underwent a CPR+AED certification course to learn the important lifesaving skills that will come in use during cases of cardiac arrests. To reinforce the importance of regular exercise, a session of Chair Yoga and Jump Rope was also conducted on-site.

Even though the event ended early, other highlights include health checks (HbA1c, BMI and BP checks), heart-health themed educational games, Save-A-Life roadshow, exhibition booths, quizzes and interactive stage programmes. There was also live cooking demonstration by Celebrity Chef Sam and Forest Leong where they whipped up their rendition of Yellow Pumpkin Puree with Minced Chicken and Quail Egg and Melon Smoothie with Soymilk for the audience.

A big thank you to all our National Heart Week/World Heart Day 2019 sponsors (Captain Oats, Marigold, F&N, Omron, Betadine, Blackmores, Gardenia, Good Salt, GSK, Nature’s Wonders, Nestle and Philips), partners (People’s Association, Woodlands Grassroots Organisations, National University Heart Centre Singapore, Eu Yan Sang, Jump Rope Federation and Mount Alvernia Hospital), volunteers and the 2,000 of you who turned up for the event. See you again next year.

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