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 share their results on TuDiabetes or on Twitter.
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. 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 due to disability or medical advice you cannot exercise, naturally we don't expect you to do anything that will put you or your health at risk. We'd love you to participate entering your blood sugar readings.
UPDATE (Oct. 21, 2009):
If you work in media or have access to local media, please help us get the word out about the event, by sending them the press release attached below.
UPDATE (Nov. 1, 2009):
Here are a couple of banners (one static, one animated) that you can use to include in your blog. Please remember to link it to http://bigbluetest.org (which points back to this page).
I'm in Minnesota caring for my Mother now. On the 14th, I'm going to settle her in her favorite Big Blue chair, wrap her up in her favorite Big Blue comforter, wrap myself in my favorite Big Blue shawl, sit at her feet on the Big Blue ottoman and Do the Deed. Then I shall put on a bit of appropriately serene Bach ( serenity being associated with the color Blue in our Swedish household), dance for her for 14 minutes and test again. I have to be on a voodoo network here and internet access is spotty, so I may post late. But I shall embrace you all in community, feeling the power of our coming together all day and night across all the false boundaries in our lives. Love to one and all.....Judith in Portland, temporarily in Minnesota
Contrary to some, I not an old cynic :-) I am old tho, but that notwithstanding.....
BG moves around so much, testing, working out for 14 minutes, and retesting will give you different answers almost every time. Its just like BP. (I can only speak from a T2 perspective) That is what makes this so hard to cope with. Results are hardly ever the same. I did three months of consistent eating of the same boring stuff, and got a good feel for my numbers via the meter. The last two weeks, I have "lost it" and my fasting numbers are up, and food that didn't affect me before, is killing me now. That is all I can focus on at this point. What the heck is going on inside of me?
The reasons for the 14, and history behind it all, plus the actual goals, would have been good information in the original post, to avoid us crabby old cynics from making comments :-)
John, we just had so much fun with this the last time, I can't wait to do it again. You will see the posts coming in great waves. Some of the numbers are in the "normal" range, and others are not. We place no shame on the the ones that are high, and the solidarity we feel as a result of this shared experience is a real pick-me-up. I am going to do it with my type 2 husband, and I'm going to try to get my 91 year old dad (also type2) in Virginia to wear blue, and do it too. He is going through a time of inconsistency too, right now. I know how discouraging it can be. I've had type 1 for 42 years and it helps me greatly to have TuDiabetes, a place where I can feel understood.
Does this added info make it a bit clearer John ?
World Diabetes Day , recognized by the UN since 2007 with the passage of United Resolutions 61/255 , is November 14 , the birthday of Canadian Dr. Frederick Banting, co -discoverer of insulin in 1921 .
Maybe you need to have a chat with your Health Team about your concerns , such as your blood glucose numbers ? Take care( this from another old one ) .
I am for the effort, please don't anyone misconstrue. Not for the UN tho, but that's political and belongs elsewhere. Thanks for those details.
Health team? lol! That's a good one. Thanks I needed that. No, I don't have a health team, support system, or anyone to fall back on or rely on. No insurance, of any value. No money in the bank, and no job for years. Just me, and a doctor that really couldn't care less. I just do what I can by myself, with the help of forums like this, I try to get by.
John , I should have looked at your profile before I mentioned " health team " ..not everyone in the States is as blessed as we Canadians are ( although some Canadians may dispute , what I said here and this could become another political discussion ...which belongs elsewhere as well and I will stay out of )
TU members/forums may be able to guide you ...as you said .
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