With more people eating out, healthy hawker fare is a must
Having more healthy choices at cooked-food stalls makes sense (HPB pushing for more healthy hawker food options by 2019; July 10).
The last Housing and Development Board Sample Household Survey (2013) showed that 64.4 per cent of households patronised hawker centres at least weekly, up from 57.7 per cent in 2008.
With family nuclearisation and smaller household sizes, healthier hawker food could replace home-cooked food, saving time on chores and preparations for cooking at home. Cost-wise, hawker food may not be different from home-cooked food. But it has more variety.
Healthy hawker food, plus neighbourhood parks, fitness corners, hard courts and jogging tracks in HDB estates, is the way forward to make residents healthier.