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 BigBlueTest.org 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 BigBlueTest.org.

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 BigBlueTest.org 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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Between 2010 and 2011, over 10,000 people helped themselves while helping more than 10,000 others. Most participants in the Big Blue Test experience an average blood sugar drop of 20% and by every Big Blue Test result a donation is made by the program sponsor to help others around the world with diabetes in need.

The Big Blue Test is a program of the Diabetes Hands Foundation that encourages people with diabetes to test their blood sugar, exercise for 14-20 minutes, test again and share their experience on BigBlueTest.org. For every test, people with diabetes in need receive life-saving supplies through Big Blue Test grants that are awarded to humanitarian diabetes charities in the US and around the world, made possible thanks to the program sponsor.

In 2012, Roche Diabetes Care, makers of ACCU-CHEK® diabetes products and services, sponsors Big Blue Test once again, to help us touch even more lives. Be part of the 20,000 people who will do the Big Blue Test this year.

Help yourself and help others. Get active, join the movement at BigBlueTest.org. Sign up for Big Blue Test updates now!