The Big Blue Test ( is on!

2 days to go - we can do this!!

We have people participating with injuries, people who can only do 5 minutes of exercise due to their health, and people doing heavy, strenuous exercise. This year there is no set time that you have to exercise to log your results.

Did you know - you don't have to have diabetes to participate! Please encourage your families, friends, co-workers, etc. to log their exercise. No fingerstick needed. Any ideas on involving more people are welcome!

Where else can you donate $5 to needy D organizations without taking a penny out of pocket?

Manny has promised to shave his head when we reach 20,000 entries. I really want to see it happen. Let's get there soon!

Thanks for your participation ;)

If you don't know what the BBT is... check out this site.

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Is there any way to see what other people have entered? I always find that interesting.

Not that I know of... Manny?

When it was strictly a TuD thing, we did see the averages and range, but I don't remember that we did when it became a wider project. I could have forgotten.

The data is kept anonymous for the campaign this year for a handful of reasons you could probably guess.

If you're interested in "Big Blue Data" you could check out the abstract that Manny presented at the ADA this year. The poster was called "The Big Blue Test: Effects of 14 Minutes of Physical Activity on Blood Glucose Levels"

Click the red "View PDF" to get a closer look at the poster.

I'm in

Yip I'll do it, although it won't be a big long period of exercise. Would also love to see other people's data.

Ok, I'm confused. Perhaps someone should post a thread explaining how this has changed form last year - post it on TuD that is. Last year (and previous years) we just all did it at the same time on World Diabetes Day at the same time (2PM Pacific I believe). What entries? What do you mean "at least one a day". Could you please explain the new version of the Big Blue Test. Thanks

ok I just got this from Mike Lawson (see him on the lower right as new Head of Experience here at DHF)

To answer your question about what's new with The Big Blue Test, the biggest is that we are increasing the target number of entries to 20,000 people (double of last year's goal)! Roche will also be donating $5 for each entry if we hit the 20,000 goal. You're probably better at math than I am...but that's $100,000 which will be re-granted to 7 diabetes charities helping people with diabetes in need in the US, Haiti, Dominican Republic and Ecuador.

so we are doing #BigBlueTest for 30 days this year, culminating on Nov 14 which is World Diabetes DAy. Mike would be glad to answer any questions, I'm sure.

Thanks, Marie and Mike for the prompt explanation.

I was number 8-42 and # 82. Just got to get Cosmo to agree that it is a good idea. I imagine one of the impediments to this is having to use 2 test strips. Especially if your insurance company limits you. But I'm with you and I want to see Manny's shaven head.

Did my BBT this am - 167 so far. Let's step it up, we only have 29 days left to reach 20,000!

Planning on another later ;)




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