The third annual Big Blue Test is happening right now. There is just over a week left for you to get involved in the campaign that raises awareness of the impact exercise has on people living with diabetes. The Big Blue Test, a program of the Diabetes Hands Foundation, also raises money for diabetes charities that provide life-saving supplies and services for people in need.
The campaign ends on World Diabetes Day, November 14th.
Taking the test is easy:
- Test your blood sugar.
- Exercise for 14-20 minutes.
- Test your blood sugar again and record the results at BigBlueTest.org.
The Big Blue Test website aggregates
all of the blood sugar data collected and calculates the effect of the physical activity. In the past three years, just 14 minutes of exercise has decreased participants’ blood sugar levels between 15 and 20 percent, on average.
We all know that exercise is good for us. The Big Blue Test reminds us of that while also helping to raise money for charities that are providing patient education, diabetes supplies and treatments to 10,000 people who really need them.
The goal this year is to get 20,000 Big Blue Test results logged online by November 14th. If this goal is reached, the program sponsors will donate $100,000 to the Diabetes Hands Foundation to fund grants to seven nonprofit organizations that serve people with diabetes living in need worldwide.
In 2012, five US-based nonprofits have each been provisionally awarded $10,000 in funding for life-saving supplies and education, as a result of the 2011 Big Blue Test. An additional $50,000 was provisionally awarded to projects in Haiti, the Dominican Republic and Ecuador. These can be fully funded if the goal of 20,000 results logged online at BigBlueTest.org is reached.
Join the movement and take charge of your diabetes! Take the Big Blue Test.