FAQ

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Q: What is the Big Blue Test?

A: The Big Blue Test started in 2009 as a creative way to encourage people with diabetes to stay active. It has grown into a global campaign to raise awareness about the benefits of exercise for people with diabetes and help support diabetes charities in the process. To learn more about the Big Blue Test, watch the video on this page.

Q: What is the goal of The Big Blue Test?

A: With The Big Blue Test we seek to raise awareness about the importance of exercise in connection with diabetes management. In 2013, we want to have more than 20,000 people DO the Big Blue Test.

Q: What is the deal with “14 to 20 minutes of exercise”?

A: In spite of how little time 14 to 20 minutes may sound like, we have seen just 14-20 minutes of exercise decreased participants’ blood sugar level an average of 20 percent. This can be a significant drop for most people with diabetes.

Q: Can I do The Big Blue Test if I don’t have diabetes?

A: Yes. Once the Big Blue Test web site starts collecting entries, you will have an opportunity to count your participation, indicating that you don’t have diabetes: we won’t ask you to test your blood sugar, but your participation will count towards the 20,000 entries goal.

Q: Can I do The Big Blue Test more than once?

A: Yes. As long as each entry logged corresponds to an independent event, there is no restriction in the number of times anyone can do and log their Big Blue Test results.

Q: Who is behind The Big Blue Test?

A: The Big Blue Test is a program of Diabetes Hands Foundation.

Q: Who sees the Big Blue Test data and what they do with it?

A: The personally identifiable data (your email, if you choose to set up an account with us, and your exercise and/or diabetes data) will not be sold or shared outside of the staff of the Diabetes Hands Foundation and researchers associated with the program. Only aggregate data will be shared, through scientific posters, or in publications.

Q: Which are the programs that are receiving a Big Blue Test grant in 2013?

A: Two US -based initiatives will receive US$2,500 in funding, with the remaining US$5,000 supporting projects in Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

The following US-based projects are being funded to provide people touched by diabetes who are in need with lifesaving supplies, medical tests, treatment, and/or patient education:

  • St. Anthony’s Medical Clinic in San Francisco, CA
  • University of Colorado, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in Aurora, CO

Diabetes Hands Foundation is partnering with American Youth Understanding Diabetes Abroad, Inc. (AYUDA), a recognized NGO, to bring Big Blue Test Grant funding to the following international projects:

  • Fundación Aprendiendo a Vivir (FAA) in the Dominican Republic
  • Fondation Haitienne de Diabète et de Maladies Cardio-Vasculaires (FHADIMAC) in Haiti

Q: Who makes the Big Blue Test videos?

A: Since 2010, the Big Blue Test videos have been directed, shot, edited, and motion designed by Sean Ross, an LA-based documentary and commercial filmmaker.

Q: How can I get a Big Blue Test t-shirt?

A: You can get your Big Blue Test t-shirt through the DHF Online Store.