October 27, 2010

The Big Blue Test, Nov. 14, 2010


November 14 is World Diabetes Day. On that day, at 14:00 hours (local time), thousands of people with diabetes will test their blood sugar, do 14 minutes of exercise, test again and enter their results on BigBlueTest.org. Afterwards, we invite you to share your results on TuDiabetes, Twitter or any of the partner diabetes communities listed on BigBlueTest web site.

The event is called The Big Blue Test because blue is the color associated with World Diabetes Day. It is based on a test-in activity that took place July 14, where more than a thousand people with diabetes tested their blood sugar at the same time and shared their results online. This time, the activity incorporates 14 minutes of physical activity to reinforce the importance of exercise.

Participating in this event to raise diabetes awareness on November 14 is easy:
1. At 2 pm (your local time), test your blood sugar.
2. Run, jog, walk the dog or do anything you’d normally do as part of your exercise routine for 14 minutes.
3. Test your blood sugar again.
4. Enter your readings at BigBlueTest.org.
5. If you are a member of TuDiabetes click on the home page banner and share your readings and what exercise you did between them. If you have a camera, you can also add a photo of your reading(s) or you exercising.
5. If you have a Twitter account, post your readings on Twitter (use the #bigblue hashtag) and link back to: http://bigbluetest.org.

We hope to see most readings posted at 14 hours (2 pm) local time, on November 14. If you are early or late, it’s OK.

What really matters is that you test your blood sugar often and that you exercise regularly. If you don’t have diabetes, you can still take The Big Blue Test. Regardless, tell others to test, exercise and share on November 14.

If you cannot perform physical activity for medical or disability reasons, or because your pre-exercise BG level exceeds 250 mg/dL, participate as you can. Share your blood sugar readings and invite others to do the test and watch the video. Remember: for each view of the video, a child with diabetes in need will get a week’s worth of life-saving insulin.