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Do the Big Blue Test and Change The World of a Person with Diabetes
Annual grassroots diabetes awareness campaign provides life-savingsupplies to more than 8,000 people in need
BERKELEY, CA: Nov. 1, 2011 – People with diabetes will help change the lives for others with diabetes in need as they do something in unison – exercise. Every time someone participates in the Big Blue Test and shares the experience on BigBlueTest.org, a donation of life-saving supplies will be made on their behalf to someone with diabetes in need.The Big Blue Test, a diabetes awareness program started by the nonprofit Diabetes Hands Foundation, takes place every November leading up to World Diabetes Day on Nov. 14. The campaign reinforces the importance of exercise in managing diabetes. People with diabetes are encouraged to do the Big Blue Test any day between November 1 and November 14 at midnight Pacific Time, by testing their blood sugar, getting active, testing again, and sharing the results online at BigBlueTest.org. The website aggregates all of the data collected live. In the last two years, just 14 minutes of exercise decreased participants’ blood sugar level between 15 and 20 percent.
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Please send this to your camp staff and campers and help our friends at the Diabetes Hands Foundation assist those in need!
Shelley Yeager, MA, LCSWDirector of Outreach and DevelopmentDiabetes Education & Camping Assn.