SINGAPORE – The response to the new NS Fitness Improvement Training (FIT) programme will be monitored and refinements will be made if necessary, said Senior Minister of State for Defence Heng Chee How on Tuesday (April 13). Noting that sign-up rates for the programme since its roll-out on April 1 have been very strong, Mr Heng said if demand continues to grow, the Ministry of Defence (Mindef) could consider increasing the number of training locations for NS FIT. Figures for these sign-up rates were not provided, although Mindef said NS FIT sessions this month have been close to full capacity. The NS FIT programme aims to help operationally ready national servicemen (NSmen) pass their individual physical proficiency test (IPPT). It replaces the remedial training scheme as well as the voluntary IPPT preparatory training scheme. Under NS FIT, the number of locations islandwide where NSmen can undergo training has expanded from 13 to 42 – with three more sites under ActiveSG, the national movement for sport, already earmarked for the programme. Out of the 42, 29 come under the Health Promotion Board’s (HPB) Quick HIIT (high-intensity interval training) banner, and include shopping malls and community spaces. HPB Quick HIIT sessions are… Read full this story
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