Spider-Man and Singapore Turn Off the Lights in World’s Largest Earth Hour Celebration!

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Singapore plays host to the largest Earth Hour celebration in the world at The Float@Marina Bay.

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Notice the Earth Hour’s logo together with Spider-Man’s logo, earlier this year, Spider-Man was declared as the first Super Hero ambassador for Earth Hour with a message to inspire individuals to use their power to become superheroes for the planet.

The stars and director of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 had endorsed their support for WWF’s Earth Hour Blue platform, the world’s first crowdfunding platform, to save the planet which aimed to harness the power of the crowd to raise funds and support for on-the-ground environmental projects from across the world.

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Our Parenting World team is very proud to be part of this significant and meaningful event. 

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The Earth Hour lights off is an annual symbolic event that encourages the civic society to go beyond the hour and do their bit for the planet. This year it was observed from 8:30-9:30pm on Saturday, 29 March, and iconic buildings around the city-state such as Marina Bay Sands, ArtScience Museum, Marina Bay Financial Centre, Marina Barrage, Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, Merlion Park, Singapore Flyer, Helix Bridge, The Fullerton Heritage properties and buildings in the Central Business District, turned their lights off in an iconic show of support and commitment for the Earth Hour movement.

Earth Hour this year also coincided with the culmination of Urban Redevelopment Authority’s i Light Marina Bay 2014, Asia’s only sustainable light art festival that showcases innovative content and the intelligent use of lighting, making this year’s celebration a remarkable visual treat.

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Look who’s here! It’s Spider-Man, Earth Hour’s first-ever Super Hero ambassador. 

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Spider-Man and World Wide Fund (WWF) mascot, Panda for the Official Lights Off Ceremony, putting Singapore at the heart of Earth Hour celebrations around the world.

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Photo credit: Earth Hour

One of the highlights of Earth Hour celebration is WWF-Singapore and Spider-Man, Earth Hour’s first-ever Super Hero ambassador, along with the cast, director and producers of  The Amazing Spider-Man 2 that include Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx and  Marc Webb turned off the lights in the world’s largest Earth Hour celebration at The Float@Marina Bay. 

Singapore’s signature Marina Bay skyline plunged into darkness for an hour from 8.30-9.30pm. Over 600 organisations from Singapore also contributed to the largest offline and online social movement this year. The event has a record number of more than 9,000 people attending and over 600 organisations from Singapore contributed to the largest offline and online social movement this year.

The message to bring across is to urge people to “Use Your Power” to save the planet. Individuals and companies to commit to switch off the lights or to one of the four key actions to help save the Earth. 

1) Turn up their air-conditioners by one degree

2) Switching to LED lights

3) Use less plastic bags

4) Take shorter showers

Other meaningful organisations that Our Parenting World would like to highlight at the Earth Hour celebration is Vegetarian Society. This is a non-profit, non-religious society promoting meat-reduction, vegetarianism and veganism for a better world.

Another organisation that promotes eating vegetables is Veggie Thursday. It is a society that encourages individual to eat more vegetables which is good for your health, environment and for our fellow living things. Please click HERE to find out at least 500 vegetarian eateries in Singapore. 

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Gor Gor and Di Di have been taught since young to eat more vegetables and vegetables is good for them. Please support these organisations and join in their movement to take part in eating more vegetables and lesser meat. Please click HERE to find out more about Vegetarian Society (Singapore) and click HERE to find out more about Veggie Thursday and its organisation. 

Exercise your way to better health!

1-MP for East Coast GRC, Ms Jessica Tan Soon Neo at Official Opening of FIRST EIMS compliant Fitness Corner

Our Parenting World is pleased to announce on Saturday, 29 March 2014 morning, Guest of Honour, Ms Jessica Tan Soon Neo, Member of Parliament for East Coast GRC unveiled the first EIMS-compliant fitness corner at Simei Park Connector. This is the first-of-its-kind in Singapore, the fitness corner features instructions that will allow users to tailor their workout to one’s specific exercise levels suited to deal with their chronic illnesses. 

Dr Benedict Tan, Chairman of the Exercise is Medicine Singapore is also present to share how the fitness corner was designed and to discuss the importance of exercise for Singaporeans with chronic diseases. Also present at the event is Ms Gill McLaren, General Manager Coca-Cola Singapore.

Physical inactivity is a serious health concern for Singaporeans today as it contributes to chronic diseases such as obesity, diabetes, and hypertension. According to the 2010 National Health Survey, 54.1 per cent of Singaporeans do not exercise and one in four Singaporeans aged 40 years and above have at least one chronic disease. Chairman of EIMS, Dr. Benedict Tan said, “With people spending more time indoors in air-conditioned environment, the fitness corner is a great place to get some fresh air and a daily dose of vitamin D.  A 2010 study found that even five minutes of exercise in a green space can improve mood and self-esteem, while a 2011 study found that outdoor exercise was associated with decreases in tension, confusion, anger and depression when compared to indoor activity.”

General Manager of Coca-Cola Singapore, Gill McLaren said “We are delighted to be able to partner with NParks and Exercise is Medicine Singapore to develop Singapore’s first EIMS-compliant fitness corner.  The project is part of our long-term commitment to help Singaporeans lead healthier, more active lives. We hope that the residents of Simei and users of the park connector will take advantage of this great asset by leveraging the opportunity to get out there and get moving​.”

Professor Leo Tan, Chairman of Garden City Fund, said “The Garden City Fund is grateful for Coca-Cola’s sponsorship of the fitness corner. This underscores the commitment of organisations in working with us to enhance our living spaces, and co-creating our City in a Garden. Coca-Cola’s support enhances Simei Park Connector and experience of park users, as it adds as a new recreation option for them and at the same time, educate on health tips and how to use the fitness equipment properly.”

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At the event, Ms Tan tried out equipment at the new fitness corner at Simei Park Connector, guided by EIMS-certified fitness trainers. Sponsored by Coca-Cola Singapore through the Garden City Fund, a registered charity and Institution of Public Character established by NParks, the new fitness corner features a variety of equipment that caters to a broad spectrum of users, from the physically fit to those with chronic diseases.

Ms Jessica Tan Soon Neo said “Changi Simei residents can now enjoy the first Exercise is Medicine™ compliant Fitness Corner right within the Changi Simei community. I’m happy that our residents can make use of the equipment to benefit their health and overall well-being.”

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EIMS-Certified Fitness Instructor, Raymond shows Simei residents how to best make use of the exercise equipment. 

Equipment at the fitness corner includes parallel bars, chin-up bars, and steps. It is also equipped with educational boards, developed in consultation with EIMS, that guide users on how to use the equipment and types of exercises that can be undertaken.   From 30 March 2014 till end July, EIMS-certified fitness trainers will be at the new fitness corner on the last Sunday of every month to guide users on use of equipment and provide specialised fitness advice for those with chronic diseases. The first of its kind fitness corner in Singapore was the result of a partnership between Exercise is Medicine Singapore (EIMS), the National Parks Board (NParks) and Coca-Cola Singapore.

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