14th, 2009 is World Diabetes Day. On that
day, at 14:00 hours (2:00 p.m., local time), thousands of people with diabetes will
test their blood sugar, do 14 minutes of exercise, test again and share their
event is called The Big Blue Test because the blue
circle is the international symbol for diabetes. The idea of a shared
"blood sugar test-in" started with an activity organised back in July 2009 by TuDiabetes.org, a community for people touched by diabetes that I belong to. More than a
thousand people participated. Now, they're hoping to reach thousands of people
with diabetes through various diabetes social networks and
Twitter. The activity will incorporate 14 minutes of physical activity to
reinforce the importance of exercise.
with diabetes have to test their blood sugar routinely. It can be a very lonely
activity." said Manny Hernandez, co-founder of TuDiabetes who lives with
diabetes himself. "We want people to take The Big Blue Test to shed light on this chronic condition and the importance
of exercise on World Diabetes Day."
more than 250 million people have diabetes worldwide. Millions more have
diabetes but do not know it yet. For those of us in the know, people with diabetes NEED to test their blood
sugar levels several times a day and exercise regularly.
in this event to raise diabetes awareness on November 14th is fairly easy:
Run, jog, walk
the dog or do anything you'd normally do as part of your exercise routine for
blood sugar again.
Go to http://bigbluetest.org (or your preferred
diabetes social network) and post your readings and what physical
activity you did. If you have a camera, you can also add a photo of your
reading(s) or you exercising.
If you have a
Twitter account, you can also post your readings on Twitter (use the #bigbluetest hashtag) and link back to http://bigbluetest.org.
"We hope to see most
readings posted at 14:00 hours (2:00 p.m.) local time, on November 14th. If you are early or late, it's
OK," says Hernandez. "What matters most is that you test your blood sugar often
and that you exercise regularly. If you don't have diabetes, you can take The Big Blue Test. Either way, tell others to test, exercise and share on November
BTW, I'll open up a discussion in the News section of the Forums here at Diabetes1 a few days before hand should you wish to post your readings OR you can go to the following other diabetic networks that you see below. It really doesn't matter where you post though, just as long as you join in on the celebration of World Diabetes Day by taking part in the The Big Blue Test! I know I will!
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