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Scott Johnson


October 30, 2014

Big Blue Test Challenge

October 30, 2014 | By | 17 Comments

How does exercise or activity affect your blood sugar? Excellent question, Monster Tamer! Let’s challenge your sweat glands and find out! Do the Big Blue Test Challenge and you’re sure to learn something about how you respond to a little heart-pumping stimulation.

We’re super excited to be teaming up with one of our favorite diabetes organizations, Diabetes Hands Foundation, to bring you the Big Blue Test Challenge!  Big Blue Test, and we’re hoping to make it a year to remember!

Big Blue Test Challenge

What is a Big Blue Test Challenge?

Super easy! Download the mySugr Companion app if you don’t have it already, find the Big Blue Test Challenge in the challenges section of your side menu, then:

  1. Start the challenge
  2. Check your blood sugar (optional)
  3. Get active
  4. Check your blood sugar again (optional)

1… 2… 3… GO!!!

Big Blue Test Average Blood Glucose Drop

Does Activity Really Matter?

Over the last four years, DHF has collected results from BBT participants. The data demonstrates that just 14 minutes of activity decreases BG levels between 15-20 percent on average. We think that’s strong evidence that activity can be a powerful tool in your diabetes management toolbox. Amazing stuff, right?

35k for $35k

The goal of the BBT this year is to collectively log 35,000 Big Blue Test entries between October 20th and November 19th (UPDATE! The date has been extended to November 26th!). In 2014, every Big Blue Test result that gets logged, Diabetes Hands Foundation grants $1 in support of people with diabetes around the world.  

Two US-based nonprofits, Riverside Community Health Foundation and LIFT-Levántate, will receive $10,000 USD each. An additional $15,000 USD will be granted to support AYUDA to help Fundación Aprendiendo a Vivir (FAA) in the Dominican Republic.

Listen Up!

These groups will only get this support if 35,000 BBT entries are logged by November 19th (UPDATE – the date has been extended to November 26th!), which means we need to kick ass and show the world what Monster Tamers can do! Each BBT Challenge you win counts towards the 20k goal and earns you some free Companion Pro time.

★★★ Let’s go! ★★★


  1. Scott I’m not sure how the app works with the challenge. Do I enter my numbers and then post them to social media?

    • Scott Johnson

      Hi Khürt!

      Thanks for the question.

      mySugr Companion is one of a few ways to participate in the Big Blue Test. We worked together with the Diabetes Hands Foundation to make a special challenge (found in the side menu, “Challenges” section) just for the BBT.

      Once you start the challenge you have a three hour window to log a blood sugar entry, an activity, and another blood sugar entry. That’s all it takes to win the challenge! You’ll earn a free day of mySugr Companion Pro features and it will also contribute a BBT entry toward the total goal of 20k that Diabetes Hands Foundation is working towards.

      You can win the challenge once per day.

      I’ve been doing a lot of social sharing just because I’m excited about the partnership (and the social features of Companion in general), but none of that is required for the challenge.

      Does that help? Let me know if I can clarify it better. I have a bad habit of overcomplicating things and get myself wrapped around the details sometimes.

  2. Cathy

    I don’t have a “fancy” phone. Can I still participate on line….if not I’ll do it for myself.


    • Scott Johnson

      Hi Cathy!

      Yes – please do. Visit where you can log your tests and participate!


  3. Jann Adams

    Scott, what you wrote “Once you start the challenge you have a three hour window to log a blood sugar entry, an activity, and another blood sugar entry. That’s all it takes to win the challenge! ” is the clearest explanation of how to do the BBT on! Thanks.

    • Scott Johnson

      Hi Jann!

      You want to be sure to start your exercise within 15 minutes of that first BG check, and also do your second BG check within 15 minutes of ending your exercise.

      The goal of the Big Blue Test is to collect information on how exercise affected your blood sugar – so you have to catch the data while it’s still fresh. :-)

  4. Katie

    Scott–I logged BGs and activities last night as I normally would but did not get credit for completing the BBT challenge. Is there a special way to enter your info for this? Am I missing something?

    • Scott Johnson

      Hi Katie!

      Sorry for the confusion! I’m learning that I’ve done a poor job of explaining it…

      1) Start the challenge
      2) Do your first BG check and enter the BG into mySugr Companion
      3) Get active for at least 15 minutes (can be longer)
      4) Do your second BG check – has to be done within 15 minutes of ending your activity – and enter the BG and activity duration into mySugr Companion

      Does that help?

  5. Hi Scott,

    Is it automatic? I mean I don’t see a challenge in the Challenges page called Big Blue Test.

    • Scott Johnson

      Good question, Jane!

      It is limited to certain geographical regions. If you don’t see it in your challenges menu, unfortunately it isn’t available in your region.

      However, if that is the case, I would recommend participating in the BBT campaign and logging your entries on the BBT website – you can still do an awful lot of good for those people in need!

      Thanks, Jane!

      • Thanks for responding. Actually, I have signed up for the Big Blue Test before I saw your post. But it would have been great if I could support by Big Blue Test and MySugr at the same time.

        • Scott Johnson

          Thank you, Jane! We appreciate the enthusiastic support. We would love the same, too, and someday we’ll get there.

          All the best to you!

  6. Emily

    I was just dx two days before my 34th birthday in October. I test right now 8-10 times a day and for some reason my bs seem to be low not high although my HbA1c was 13.4 at dx. I have always since childhood had low blood sugars so I cannot feel my lows. I am currently frustrated, and very angry. I feel like my life is going down hill. My dad just died, I was dx, my mom has breast cancer. I feel like giving up. Does it get easier? Btw we have a common friend!

    • Hi Emily!

      Oh goodness, you certainly have a LOT going on. I’m so sorry. Sending you lots of supportive vibes, love, and hugs.

      I lost my mom in 2005. Time does heal in many ways, but I, of course, still miss her like crazy.

      I think there are a lot of parts to diabetes that get easier – you figure out ways to minimize the intrusions, and better ways to carry all of the stuff, for example. And with every new thing you learn, you gain more experience and smarts about it (even if you have to go through a bit of overwhelm at first). Hang in there, Emily, you can do this!

      And I’d love to hear who we know in common! :-)

  7. Paul Thorsgaard

    Big Blue Test was extended from Nov 19 to Nov 26. You might want to update the information.
    Thank you.

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