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).
A BIG THANK YOU FOR BEING ON BOARD WITH US AND WILLING TO "PRICK" YOUR FINGERS TWICE AND SHOWING US WHAT BLOOD SUGARS DO FOR NON-DIABETIC PEOPLE!! YOU'RE NOT SCARED OF THE "BIG BAD WOLF", ARE YOU? REBECCA ;)
I did the bigbluetest during my bike-run brick this morning.
I biked for 90 min then was 338 at run start, 327 after 14 min.
I bolused a lot during ride and run, surprised my BG's were stuck high. I tested when I got home and there were no ketones. I guess it's just from being sick.
I organized a family blood test and walk around our community on a beautiful fall day!
About 25 people joined us and answered lots of questions about what we were doing. It was a great day to raise awareness. My daughter Cadence was the only type 1 diabetic in the group and had a starting sugar of 6.9mmol/L and finished at 7.0mmol/L. Great sugar!
OK so I was still on the bike at 14 in Indiana but my BG was 127 after riding for 45 miles and 2.5 hours.
But I decided to do something a little different as the long term effect was that I ate 6 bananas, 4 fig newtons, drank 2 quarts of gatoraide and then 2 hours later at 18 I was 66 BG 15 minutes a bannana and 12 grapes later, I am 96. Time to eat supper.
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