I posted about the Big Blue Test last year. And I’m going to reflect back on that post since the initiative is going on again this year! If there are 20,000 tests logged by November 14, 2013, the Big Blue Test grants (St. Anthony’s Medical Clinic in San Francisco, CA and University of Colorado, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in Aurora, CO) will be funded to provide people touched by diabetes who are in need with lifesaving supplies, medical tests, treatment, and/or patient education (each will receive US$2,500) and an additional US$5,000 will support projects in Haiti and the Dominican Republic.
One of the things that I struggle most with in terms of my health and(or) diabetes management is consistent exercise. Usually I do well for a few weeks then work hours are longer or I have more things to do and I get off track. I’ve made a promise to myself recently that I am going to make it a priority in my life no matter what. What helps me a lot to stay motivated honestly is support and inspiration of others. When I see someone post about working out or read about the accomplishments of athletes living with diabetes or pass by someone who is running or riding a bike in my neighborhood, I want to get active.
That is why I love the Big Blue Test. It is a movement started by the Diabetes Hands Foundation in 2010, to help promote the positive affect physical activity has not only on a person with diabetes’ blood sugar, but on everyone’s health in general. It is so simple. All you have to do is test your blood sugar, exercise for at least 14 minutes, test your blood sugar again and log it over at http://www.bigbluetest.org. Those people without diabetes can participate also, just minus the blood sugar readings part. The best part is this: if 20,000 entries are logged by November 14th, Roche will donate $100,000 to organizations that will provide life saving diabetes supplies to those who need it the most.
I know together, we can achieve this goal and help those less fortunate than us while helping ourselves stay healthy. I’ve logged my Big Blue Test three times already this week. Have you?