Swappers keen to lighten up
THE campaign to trim down Ipswich has officially begun.
The Swap It, Don't Stop It campaign was launched at Jamie's Ministry of Food in Ipswich this week.
A donation of Ministry of Food courses and six-month passes at Just Sports n Fitness gyms will set the Swappers on their way.
At the Ministry of Food the Swappers will be taking part in a 10-week course teaching them about healthy eating and healthy cooking, while the pass to Just Sports n' Fitness will provide them with access to gyms, pools and a nutritionist.
Diabetes Queensland chief executive Michelle Trute said Ipswich was a prime location for the campaign to thrive.
"The number of overweight and obese in Ipswich is approximately 10% higher than the rest of the state," she said.
"That combined with the fact Ipswich has quite a tight-knit community make it a perfect place for the Swap It campaign.
"For this to work we need everyone helping everyone else, and that works best in a place like Ipswich where there is a real community."
Swapper Daniel Vorbach, an Ipswich-based truck driver, said he wanted to use the program to lose weight and stay healthy.
"I'm doing this to get my health back on track," he said.
"I'm doing it for my family."
Mr Vorbach said he was hoping to lose weight through healthier eating and exercise.
"I'm looking forward to going to the gym now I've got my membership. As a truckie I work late hours when there isn't much in the way of food options, and my whole job is sitting.
"Working out of normal hours means most of my food options are fast food, so I'm going to have to look at healthier options with what I eat too."
Ms Trute said the Swap It campaign had been hugely successful where it had been run.