Yay! The time has come. HPB Singapore (short for Health Promotion Board – Singapore Government body which taking care of the health related matters and issues) is already announced and opened Season 3 of its healthy and rewarding programme (read here for the previous programme).
If you are Singapore residents: be it Singapore citizens, Singapore PermanentResidents, or Foreigners who hold valid Singapore passes (Work permit, SPass, Employment Pass, Dependent Pass, Long Term Visit Pass), do consider to join the programme (see below instructions to join the programme in case this is your first time and you haven’t joined the event before).
Unlike the 2 previous seasons, this time, the challenge and rewards are a bit different. The Healthy 365 committees realize that nobody is created equal. So instead of everybody is given the same challenges to achieve the same target and get the same rewards, this time each individual joining the programme is asked to make pledge based on their level of comfort. Each of us – the participants – is eligible to choose from the options available.
Healthy 365 Season 3 Challenges & Rewards
There are 12 choices of pledges you can choose. Here they are. Don’t choose wrongly. And do not follow what other choose. Pledge something you think you can commit and finish.
The Healthy 365 programme period is from 28th October 2017 till 30th April 2018.
Redeem Completer’s Kit
To sweeten the programme, all National Steps Challenge Season 2 finishers are eligible to redeem Completer’s Kit.
Unfortunately I can’t find how to check if you are eligible to get one, however, if you completed fully the National Steps Challenge Season 2, then you should by right eligible for the Completer’s Kit.
To check if you are eligible and to redeem, come to the following:
When: From today until 16th December 2017
Time: Monday to Saturday, 12pm to 6.30pm
Location: HPB Building Level 2 (near Outram Park Station)
For those who are joining Season 2 programme and unable to finish all the challenges – like me – unfortunately you can’t join the Season 3 yet – you can’t choose Season 3 challenges and rewards but instead you can continue the progress of your unfinished Season 2 challenge. For those who can catch up, I believe after completing Season 2 challenge, you can continue doing Season 3 challenges.
Below is picture taken on my Healthy 365 app showing unfinished Season 2 National Steps Challenge that is continued on Season 3.
Healthy 365 Season 2 Challenge
For those like me, who didn’t finish Season 2 Challenge and has to continue Season 2 Challenge on Season 3, the Season 2 challenge is all about collecting points to get rewards. Here are the steps required to get the point rewards.
Total Steps in one day
First 5,000 steps
Next 2,500 steps
additional 30 points
Next 2,500 steps
additional 15 points
Healthy 365 Season 2 Rewards
And these are the rewards you can get continuing your Season 2 Challenge.
More details, you can find on my Healthy 365 Season 2 post here.
Can you skip unfinished Season 2 Challenge and go for Season 3 Challenges instead?
Unfortunately, no that I know of. You can’t skip unfinished Season 2 Challenge. So currently there’s only one way to get into Season 3 Challenges: is to finish your unfinished Season 2 Challenge.
Oh, if you can finish whatever unfinished tiers on your Season 2 Challenge before 16th December 2017, (I think) you are eligible to get the Completer’s Kit.
What are you waiting for?
What else are you waiting for? Update the app (if needed), open the app and sign up for Season 3 today. Don’t wait to get healthier while at the same time getting the rewards. Yay!
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Do install and open the app. Agree to the app terms and conditions.
When prompted for access to device’s location, you can choose either allow or deny.
2. Register yourself to National Steps Challenge via the app.
Since the 2nd season, Singapore government has already opened the National Steps Challenge programme for all Singapore residents (Citizens, Permanent Residents and Work/Employment Pass holder).
On the app, go to Profile menu. If this is really your first time, do fill in all the necessary details and click on “Save”.
If you created a Profile before, you can restore your profile by tapping “Restore Profile”.
3. Collect the step tracker
Free for Singapore citizens and Permanent Residents. For the rest (who hold Singapore work passes/long term passes/dependent passes), you can either buy at HPB or use any existing of your step tracker that is compatible to Healthy 365 app.
List of step tracker which compatible:
– Any HPB issued steps tracker (for complete list of HPB issued trackers, open the app, go to Apps Menu)
– Any Google Fit compatible tracker (if you are using Android)
– Any Apple HealthKit compatible tracker (if you are using iOS)
– Any Samsung SHealth compatible tracker (if you are using Samsung device)
– Your Phone (worst case :p)
They may add more step trackers in the future, do check inside the Healthy 365 app, Apps Menu for the most updated list.
If you are on budget and currently doesn’t have/use any step tracker with you, don’t worry. You can still use your phone as your steps tracker – since most modern phones are equipped with accelerometer which can be used to track your steps – not as accurate as the real steps tracker but it does the job.
4. Configure the step tracker
Once you get your hands on the steps tracker, next is to configure the steps tracker, sync it with Healthy 365 app. On the Healthy 365 app, go to App menu. If you can’t find it, scroll the bottom menu by tapping the right arrow sign.
Choose one of the options – depends on your steps tracker. Whenever prompted, agree to the terms and conditions or tap ok/confirm.
For me, since my primary device is iPhone and currently I’m using Apple Watch, thus I select HealthKit, since Apple Watch is compatible with HealthKit.
5. Accept the challenge
Go to Challenges Menu, find National Steps Challenge Season 3 – Sign up.
Tap on it and choose I consent to start the challenges. Pick the correct pledge and reward. Choose what you think you can do and try to commit it.
6. Take the action.
Fulfill what you have pledged for. Walk that pledged n-steps a day.
Just do your normal activities such as going to work, wash that dishes, do the chores. If doing your normal activities don’t get you your pledged steps, do extra exercises or switch to alternatives, such as take staircases for going up or down instead of taking escalator or lift or other way is if your home is just walking distance, do consider to walk back home and skip the bus.
7. Don’t forget to sync your steps
Before going to sleep, at the end of the day good if you can open the Healthy 365 app and sync it daily. In case if you are lazy to sync it each and every day or forgot to sync it in one of those days, you can sync it once a week but try to be not more than a week. Certain steps tracker can only remember the past 7 days activities.
By right, just opening the app will sync your steps automatically from the steps tracker. However in case you are not seeing your progress getting synced, here’s to sync the steps to Healthy 365 app manually.
To sync the steps manually to Healthy 365 app do the following:
a. Open the Healthy 365 app.
b. Go to Dashboard Menu.
c. If you see ‘X’ number of kcal burnt, ‘X’ number of kcal consumed, slide the screen from right to left until you see the screen like shown above (see image above), showing ‘N’ number of steps with a big circle around it.
d. Tap on the green colored icon (steps tracker icon) located on the top right of the screen (see image above) to start sync it manually.
e. Wait until it sync successfully.
Voila! Now you managed to sync your steps manually. You only need to do this in case the app is not automatically sync the steps for you.
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