Food and exercise go under the spotlight once every month over at Sunbeam Place @ Children’s Society, featuring Tasty Tuesdays and Take Action Thursdays. The centre decided to start a Health and Wellness programme in August 2022 to promote a healthy and active lifestyle among its residents in a structured yet fun manner.
During Tasty Tuesdays, residents get a chance to be involved in a hands-on session to make healthy snacks, guided by our Child Care Associate who help them opt for healthy food choices. Examples include substituting ice-cream for yoghurt and eating fruits in creative ways, among other interesting tips. Residents are also informed about the nutritional value in these snacks. The sessions allow residents to pick up simple life skills on food preparation.
The team at Sunbeam Place constantly gathers feedback from residents on their favourite snacks, sources for recipes and works to incorporate their research into Tasty Tuesdays.
“It is interesting as I get to do a hands-on activity, which I prefer. Moreover, it is related to food and everyone likes food! My favourite were the fruit salad cones, it was very tasty and unique. I am looking forward to more Tasty Tuesdays,’’ said one of our residents, Dinesh*.
Take Action Thursdays
Take Action Thursdays see residents engaging in activities such as Captain’s Ball, basketball, badminton and mass walking. Through the activities, our residents are encouraged to be more active in their daily lives and to understand the importance of having a healthy lifestyle. The activities also help to build camaraderie among the residents.
“It is fun as I can play and bond with other dorm mates. I enjoy playing sports and hope to be able to play more,” said Natalie*, another one of our residents at Sunbeam Place.
“Take Action Thursdays are a great time for the staff to bond with the residents over a game of Captain’s Ball, or to build rapport with them while taking a walk around our estate. Both the staff and residents enjoy this “protected” time to bond with each other,” said Shermaine, one of our staff at Sunbeam Place.
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*Name has been changed to maintain confidentiality.
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