..and Singapore embraces Health & Vitality right back, as apparent in its healthy, positive and vibrant outlook. Having no idea what would be in store for my family and me when we moved here 4 years ago as expatriates, we now proudly call it home. I write this as I return to our Little Red Dot after a summer with family and friends back in Europe, which of course was wonderful. However, I am so excited to be returning home in time for the Golden Jubilee Celebrations this weekend, officially August 9th.

Stereotypically, Singapore is sterile, has too many rules, is too humid, is free of chewing gum, among other things – but when living here none of these are apparent (ok, humidity aside). We continue to be in awe, and honour the work, of the late Lee Kuan Yew, who tirelessly fought and negotiated over decades to make Singapore the great nation that it is today. We appreciate the very low crime, safety for our kids, thriving economy, inter-racial society, socially vibrant garden city, that is ideally located to explore the amazing and varied south east of Asia.

As we celebrate Singapore’s 50th birthday, I proudly declare it to be the healthiest city and nation in the region. Since Health & Vitality Pte Ltd was incorporated 3 years ago, I continue to be pleasantly surprised with the so many facets that enable and encourage us to lead healthier and more vibrant lives, and also encourages small business like mine to thrive.

For anyone trying to get healthier, or wishing to get involved in the health industry, these are what I believe the enablers to your success to be:

1. The weather – yes, I haven’t had a good hair day in 4 years but I do get to enjoy hours in the outdoors every day. The warmth and sunshine encourages a host of activities for participants to enjoy – from early morning bootcamp or yoga classes, swimming and water activities, to evening running and cycling groups. Whatever activity you enjoy, there’s no excuse as Singapore offers it all.

2. Green Singapore makes the most of its tropical surroundings with many city gardens, parks, beaches and waters. The island’s parks are linked so one can jog or cycle in safety and in nature for hours; beaches and waters are kept clean so all can enjoy water-sports and beach sports.

3. Singapore’s close geographical proximity to other nations, along with it’s social outlook, encourages many organised group charity sporting events, and sporting and competitive excursions to nearby places.

4. The entrepreneurial spirit – being multicultural, thriving economically and open to ideas, Singapore is a wonderful place to set up a business. The many clubs and societies provide outstanding networking platforms and socializing opportunities. I continue to be amazed at how people are so willing to assist and collaborate as I continue to grow my business.

5. The Singaporean healthcare system is valued as one of the best worldwide. The Health Promotion Board offers many free initiatives encouraging people to get and stay fit and healthy, while adopting a good work-life balance. Tax deductions and subsidies are offered to companies who participate in wellness initiatives.

6. Singapore has a very high use of social media enabling cheap and free-targeted marketing to its many entrepreneurs.

7. Eating is a favourite pastime for the islanders, with a vibrant and very varied offering of restaurants across the island. Organic and regional healthy produce availability continues to increase with new health shops popping up frequently in response to higher demands

As 5.4 Million islanders prepare to celebrate this wonderful nation together  this weekend, I wish to say a big “Thank You” to Singapore for all it is, and for all it continues to be.
Wishing you and your loved ones a very Happy and prosperous SG50!

First published on Executive Lifestyle

Liza Rowan

Holistic Nutritionist

When not not busy in my favourite role as mother to my two boys,  I dedicate my time to educate, motivate and inspire us all to lead healthier, happier lives. This involves hosting Nutrition courses (in-class and online), corporate wellness talks, workshops and when I have time, private consultations.

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