This month, the Big Blue Test finished their fall push to collect more than 150,000 Big Blue Tests by November 14th to raise awareness about the importance of exercise in connection with diabetes management and to raise funds for community organizations. Big Blue Tests started being logged in 2010, and as of November 18, 2016… more than 152,000 tests have been recorded – 2016 goal met!
The Big Blue Test is a program of the Diabetes Hands Foundation, an organization that rallies communities to experience the impact that small changes can have on their health. Their mission is to bring together people touched by diabetes for positive change, to make sure that no one living with this condition ever feels alone. Instead of looking at the disease, Diabetes Hands Foundation seeks to understand, connect, and energize the millions of people living with diabetes.
What Is the Big Blue Test?
The Big Blue Test started in 2009 as a creative way to encourage people with diabetes to stay active. People can participate whether they are living with diabetes or not. Taking the Big Blue Test is easy:
1. Test your blood glucose. If you do not have diabetes, you can skip this step.
2. Get active. For 14 to 20 minutes, get up and get moving. You can walk, run, clean the house, swim, tap dance…whatever!
3. Test again. On average, Big Blue Testers saw their blood glucose level drop 20% after 14-20 minutes of exercise.
4. Share your results. Answer the questions in the right column of this page.
It’s easy to forget how important exercise is as part of managing diabetes. In spite of how little time 14 to 20 minutes of exercise may sound like, most participants in the Big Blue Test experience an average blood sugar drop of 20%. This can be a significant drop for most people with diabetes.
Each Big Blue Test helps participants and helps others. A generous $250,000 has been awarded in Big Blue Test grants by the Diabetes Hands Foundation over the past 4 years. Three non-profit initiatives will each receive $5,000 in funding during the fall 2016 campaign:
To learn more about the Big Blue Test in action, check out a blog and video from Stacey Simms of Diabetes Connections, where she discusses a Big Blue Test event she organized at her son’s elementary school. And find out how to organize your own school event here.
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