7 March 2023, Singapore – To commemorate International Women’s Day, KK Women's and Children's Hospital (KKH) today launched a health guide to address the unique needs of women across all life stages, to improve their health and well-being.

The guide, "Women In all Stages Empowered (WISE)", adopts a life-course approach and identifies the best opportunities to prevent and detect diseases early at key stages of a female’s life from 18 years old.

Associate Professor Lim Geok Hoon, Head and Senior Consultant, KK Breast Department, KKH, leading the Workgroup that developed the WISE Health Guide said, “Women go through different stages in her life. As she navigates through the stages, she may be posed with different considerations, from optimising health when one is younger to building a family and menopause in the golden years. The guide aims to empower women with practical advice to address these considerations, and support them in taking charge of their health to age gracefully and healthily.

"It is about taking charge when one is young, and building a strong foundation for the later years, and for future generations. A healthy young woman will turn into a healthy mother, and have a healthy baby. The baby will grow up to be a healthy adult and becomes a healthy mother herself, and the virtuous cycle continues."

This life-course approach is synonymous with the model of care adopted by KKH and SingHealth Duke-NUS Maternal and Child Health Research Institute (MCHRI)1, to transform maternal and child health for future generations.

Transforming national health by enhancing women’s health
The highlights of the WISE Health Guide include:

General health (for all ages)
  • Diet
  • Weight management
  • Smoking
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Sexually transmitted diseases​
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Women's health (three key life stages)
Young adults
(18 to 24 years)
The middle years
(25 to 49 years)
The later years
(50 years and above)
​Optimise health by cultivating healthy lifestyle habits which women can adopt for life​Reproductive issues may arise. Completing the family, if desired, should occur during this stage.

Critical period to pay extra care to the early detection of cancers and chronic medical conditions.
Coping with menopause, early detection of cancers and chronic medical conditions and ageing well in the silver and golden years​
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​Key areas of concern in each stage as below
​Human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccination to protect from cervical cancer​FertilityMenopause​
​Fertility or family planning​Menstrual problems​Bone health
​Menstrual problems​Breast cancer awarenessBreast cancer awareness​
Breast cancer awarenessScreening for gynaecological cancers​Screening for gynaecological cancers​
​Physical activity​Screening for chronic medical conditions​Screening for chronic medical conditions
​Mental wellness
Physical activity including pelvic floor exercises to avoid urinary incontinence​Screening for colorectal cancer​
​Mental wellness to cope with work and family​Physical activity including balance activities to prevent falls

Mental wellness to cope with ageing​

Associate Professor Lim said, "In this information-rich world, our patients tell us that they have challenges accessing relevant and reliable health information that is easy to understand. We have developed the WISE guide to address this need. After all, a Healthier SG starts with every woman, and KKH is committed to helping women in Singapore build healthier lives."

The workgroup behind this reader-friendly guide comprises doctors and allied health professionals across various disciplines and departments in KKH.

The WISE Health Guide can be found at www.kkh.com.sg/WISE. Information on how to access the guide will also be made available throughout KKH, SingHealth Polyclinics as well as community partners in the coming months.

1KKH launched the MCHRI in 2021 to support the growth of every woman and child to their fullest potential through research and innovation, to transform national heath in Singapore and the region.