Stephanie Rice dishes health advice on CQ trip

Stephanie Rice was in town on Friday and spoke with The Morning Bulletin.
Stephanie Rice was in town on Friday and spoke with The Morning Bulletin. Kevin Farmer

THE more colours on your plate, the better.

That's the health advice Olympic swimmer Stephanie Rice gave when she spoke to The Bulletin on Friday.

"Always eat wholefoods, fruits and veggies. Avoid anything that has had the most amount of processing or packaging, when you see a meal, it should have a variety of colours," Stephanie said.

But the Olympic gold medallist wasn't in town just to give us her health tips; she attended a charity cocktail event hosted by the Central Queensland Amateur Racing Club Friday night.

The 26-year-old is a Cancer Council Ambassador and was pleased to hear that the amateur racing club was raising money for one of her key charities.

"I decided to come along and show support for a company that are giving back to the Cancer Council," Stephanie said.

"As an ambassador I want to share the message, but I especially want younger kids to know and be aware of the effects cancer can have.

They mostly only see cancer in grandparents; it's about making them aware that it can happen to everyone."

Stephanie said that fortunately cancer hasn't affected her family and friends personally, but she is passionate about raising money to help the Cancer Council.

"I also want people to know that you can make changes like getting out in the fresh air and exercising can reduce your risk," she said.

Stephanie has been busy since retiring from swimming with new projects like revamping her website.

She's shifted the focus of her website from swimming to being healthy and active.

"I have the 'Steph Rice test drive' which is a web series of me test driving loads of different ways to work out like cross fit, hula hooping and yoga.

"The inspiration came after I finished swimming and didn't want to do the same things I was doing, I wanted to mix it up."

And it doesn't look like Stephanie will be back in the pool anytime soon, competitively anyway.

"I swim maybe once a month, but there will come a time where I want to get it there more frequently; I still really enjoy it," she said.   

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