More than 400,000 Singapore residents are suffering from diabetes. With the rise of vertical neighborhoods and cities, where space is mix-used to meet essential needs, Singaporeans tend to live a more sedentary lifestyle. PULSE system in Singapore aims to empower citizens toward their quality of life and health in the urban context. The use of personal data crossed with environmental and real-time geo-localized data has the objective to enable citizens to make informed decisions. In Singapore, 1 out of 9 people aged 18 to 69 has diabetes. Singapore has the second-highest proportion of diabetics among developed nations (International Diabetes Federation (IDF) Report, 2015)
Singapore Pilot Site Vision: Accelerate the fight against Type II Diabetes in Singapore through mobility enhancement. In 2015, the Singapore Health Promotion Board (HPB) introduced the National Steps Challenge to leverage smartphone and wearable technology to encourage more Singaporeans to be more active physically by taking more steps. Sedentary Lifestyle and Mobility are seen as key factors to fight Type II Diabetes onset or complications (Early prevention and Better disease control).
The Singapore pilot is targeting neighborhoods two neighborhoods: Ang Mo Kio and One north. At One-north, the main challenge is to reduce the “urban diabetes”, commonly referred to as type 2 diabetes in cities. A sedentary or inactive lifestyle at work and home is leading to health risks. Almost all the jobs at one-north are sedentary, with long days sitting at a desk in front of a screen. Getting around the workplace is for most of us sitting in buses or MRT trains or standing still. During leisure time, people also are often sitting while using a smartphone.
At Ang Mo Kio, mainly a public housing estate, the main challenge is to enhance the physical activity of the residents providing a better mobility management. Trying to help the residents making more informed decisions, using more active mobility solutions when commuting and making use of the available outdoor fitness facilities and green spaces.
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