Swap for a healthier life


DIABETES Queensland is calling on Ipswich to take advantage of the top quality local produce, open spaces and summer days to kick start your healthy living resolution this summer.

The Swap It, Don't Stop It campaign, is urging local families to swap their way to better health to avoid type 2 diabetes, heart disease and a number of cancers.

The peak diabetes awareness group is calling for people to swap large portions for small, chew every mouthful of food, save leftovers for tomorrow's lunch and move your body as much as possible this summer.

According to Diabetes Queensland the start to healthy living can be as easy as going for a stroll in the park with the kids.

Even a day at the beach can help as swimming and walking in soft sand is great exercise.

The Swap It campaign is calling for Ipswich to swap unhealthy habits for healthy ones.

Changes are as simply as swapping cheese, chips and dip for a tropical fruit platter when friends come to visit over summer.

When entertaining, swap fatty cuts of meat for lean cuts for the barbecue swap a pre-packaged salad for a homemade one using every colour of the rainbow and swap deep frying foods for baking or steaming.

Diabetes Queensland statistics show the average person gains around 2kg over Christmas.

Skipping meals is as deadly as regular snacking according to Diabetes Queensland.

Diabetes Queensland said thinking about your habits was the key to shedding extra centimetres and, ultimately, saving ourselves from being overweight and unhealthy.

Visit to sign up to become a QT Swapper.



  • Swap fried food for fresh - or boiled, steamed or grilled
  • Swap take-away for home made food - and make a picnic of it
  • Swap a handful of lollies for a handful of berries or unsalted nuts

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