My favorite diabetes non-profit is the Diabetes Hands Foundation (DHF). There are many other amazing diabetes non-profits out there, but I especially like DHF because of their Big Blue Test campaign. The Big Blue Test encourages diabetics to test their blood sugar, get active, and then test again, so they can learn how exercise improves their diabetes and their blood sugar. After doing this, you go to the http://www.bigbluetest.org/ website to record your results, and for every test that’s recorded, corporate sponsors will donate $5 per test to help educate, and provide life-saving diabetes supplies and services to people in need. So in helping yourself, you’re helping others. What an amazing brainchild!
I only discovered the Big Blue Test last year around this time, but ever since then I’ve been a very outspoken advocate of it. With being a health coach, and a type 1 diabetic, I believe the Big Blue Test executes perfect synergy in both encouraging us to exercise, and in educating us on the benefits, not to mention helping other diabetic brothers and sisters while we do it. When you participate in this test, you’re also helping by providing valuable research data (anonymously). Last summer at the American Diabetes Association’s 73rd Annual Scientific Sessions, this data was presented as a study poster showing the results of the compiled data, an average 20% drop in blood sugar. I was lucky enough to have been invited to the sessions, and got to see the poster first hand. I even got to talk to scientists and doctors about the Big Blue Test! Oh, and Big Blue Test poster even won a Big Blue Ribbon.
How will you get active? What’s your favorite form of exercise? Are you a runner or walker, a biker, a gym rat, a sports athlete? Personally, I like playing disc golf, or doing Beachbody workouts. My favorite workouts are Les Mills Pump or Body Beast. I just like the weight lifting aspect of these workouts. If you’re already an active diabetic, I hope that you’ll take the test, and record your results, and if you’re not active yet, I hope you become active soon so you can take the Big Blue Test too.
DO THE BIG BLUE TEST EVERY DAY
FROM OCT 15 – NOV 14TH (WORLD DIABETES DAY)