Olympic Gold medalist swimmer and Swap it ambassador Duncan Armstrong in Rockhampton. Photo Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin.
Olympic Gold medalist swimmer and Swap it ambassador Duncan Armstrong in Rockhampton. Photo Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin. Chris Ison

12 is the magic number for Swap It challenge in Rockhampton

INSTEAD of watching television tonight, why not head out for a walk?

That's what 85 of Rockhampton's 'swappers' will be trying to do from now on, in a bid to have a healthier lifestyle.

The 'Swap It' program kicked off yesterday, with residents taking up the 12-week challenge, to swap something for the healthier alternative.

Olympic gold medallist Duncan Armstrong has been swapping for 12 months already, and stopped in Rockhampton to encourage new swappers.

"We hope swapping healthy parts of your lifestyle can make a major impact on your waistline," he said.

Duncan, who won gold in 1988 in the men's freestyle swimming event, says fad diets come and go, but the Swap It program can be long term.

Duncan says he took up the challenge to keep in shape, and he's happy with his results, and his waistline.

Along with slimming down, Duncan says it's a fact residents will be able to save themselves from type 2 diabetes in the long run.

To become a swapper, head to diabetesqld.org.au/



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