ABC 612 presenter Tim Cox (centre) with his team of Swappers, the Trim Tims, changed their lives through the Swap It program.
ABC 612 presenter Tim Cox (centre) with his team of Swappers, the Trim Tims, changed their lives through the Swap It program. Contributed

ABC man keeps swapping it

FOR ABC radio presenter Tim Cox the Swap It program has changed his life.

Mr Cox was one of a group of presenters, along with a team of listeners, who signed up for the Swap It program to lose weight, stay healthy and raise awareness of the risks of diabetes.

The program instilled not only new, healthy habits for the drive time radio host, but also built relationships with his listeners.

"My team and I still stay in touch.

"We're really supported each other well," Mr Cox said.

"We went on a (Story) Bridge climb together and it was just great to see the changes people had made in their lives.

"Some people had lost a lot of weight. Others had really overcome some real fears and the Swap It program was the catalyst that started that.

"It's been a whole-of-life change for some of us."

Months after the on-air program ended Mr Cox said the habits he developed during the campaign had stuck with him.

"I started presenting my (three-hour) show standing up.

"My job is pretty sedentary, so doing it standing up is a chance to be a bit active," he said.

"Our office is three storeys, so I've taken to walking upstairs to the toilet rather than to the one on my floor. It's only an extra 20 seconds but it's looking for that extra activity into my day when I can that makes the difference."

Increasing his activity and improving his eating habits has paid off for Mr Cox who said he was feeling healthier than ever.

"The program really shows you don't need to give up the things you love.

"You can swap them for something a bit healthier, even if that's just watching your portion size."

The QT Swap It, Don't Stop It campaign will see a group of Ipswich residents swap unhealthy habits for healthy ones to lessen their chances of diabetes.

Ipswich was chosen as a location owing to its higher-than-average rate of obesity and the city's strong community.

You can still sign up to the QT challenge by visiting diabetesqld.org.au and following the links.



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