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It’s that time of year again — the Big Blue Test Web site is open for entries!

Started by the Diabetes Hands Foundation in 2009, the Big Blue Test is a way to remind people with diabetes of the importance of staying active while simultaneously raising funds for people with diabetes in need.

To participate in the Big Blue Test, check your blood glucose. (Those without diabetes can skip this step.) Then, for 14 to 20 minutes, engage in some sort of physical activity — it can be anything from cleaning the house to swimming laps to tap dancing! Once you’ve finished exercising, check your blood glucose again. Finally, share your results on the Big Blue Test Web site. (According to the official Web site, participants see their blood glucose levels drop by 20%, on average.)

Every entry received between now and November 14 will trigger a donation to help people with diabetes in need in the United States, Haiti, and the Dominican Republicreceive “life-saving supplies, services, and education.”

Learn more about the event at BigBlueTest.org.

This blog entry was written by Web Editor Diane Fennell.

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