Time for Ol’ Blue Eyes to Step Aside for a Bigger Blue Circle……and You Can Be Part!

Frank Sinatra ol' blue eyesOl’ Blue eyes will have to step aside for a bigger and better blue starting on October 15.  It is on this date when people should be participating in the Big Blue Test.  Running from October 15 until November 14 people will participate by testing their blood glucose level, getting active for 14 to 20 minutes, testing again, and sharing the results online at or by using the Big Blue Test iPhone and Android app. People without diabetes can participate by simply reporting their physical activity.and sharing the experience online at

Just by being involved participants will trigger grants to non-profit organizations serving people with diabetes in need to be used for life-saving supplies, treatments and patient education. 

The annual Big Blue Test, a program of the Diabetes Hands Foundation, takes place in the month leading up to World Diabetes Day (November 14). The Big Blue Test reinforces the importance of exercise in managing diabetes.  

The Big Blue Test website helps aggregate all the blood glucose data collected. The results gathered over the past four years demonstrate that just 14 minutes of exercise decreases participant’s blood glucose level between 15 and 20 percent on average.

“It’s no secret that exercise is good for us,” said Manny Hernandez, president of the Diabetes Hands Foundation. “The Big Blue Test data demonstrates the dramatic effect even a little bit of physical activity can have.  Plus by participating in the Big Blue Test we get to help people living with diabetes who are in need with grants for life-saving diabetes supplies, treatments, and patient education.”

The goal for 2013 is to get 20,000 Big Blue Test results logged by November 14. When this goal is reached, $10,000 in grants will be distributed to nonprofit organizations that serve people with diabetes living in need worldwide.

Two US-based nonprofits, St. Anthony’s Medical Clinic in San Francisco, CA and University of Colorado, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in Aurora, CO, will receive $2,500 in funding each. An additional $5,000 will be granted to American Youth Understanding Diabetes Abroad, Inc. (AYUDA) to support projects in Haiti and the Dominican Republic. These grants will be fully funded if the goal of 20,000 results logged online at is reached by November 14, 2013. 

So do the big blue test starting October 15th and as Ol’ Blue Eyes would tell us……(feel free to sing) Do It Your Way!!!!

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