DiabetesSisters Among Recipients of Big Blue Test Grant from Diabetes Hands Foundation

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Up to $15,000 awarded to three diabetes organizations

DiabetesSisters, along with We Are Diabetes and Riverside Community Diabetes Collaborative, has been awarded a 2016 Big Blue Test Grant a program of the Diabetes Hands Foundation. The $15,000 pledged by the organization will support programs aimed at providing lifesaving supplies, medical tests, and patient education to people living with diabetes or at risk of developing diabetes.

Big Blue Test is a program that helps people see that small steps (like a walk around the block) can have a big impact. The impact on blood sugar is one thing (the average participants sees her blood glucose level drop 20%), in addition to the self-serving benefits, every Big Blue Test entry made between October 14th and November 14th will also have an impact on these three great diabetes nonprofit organizations as each entry will result in a $3 donation (one to each org) to help them continue to do the work they do to help people with diabetes in need. Between October 14, 2016 and November 14, 2016 participants perform 14-20 minutes of physical activity and then report their results at BigBlueTest.org or by using the iPhone or Android smartphone app. Participants in Big Blue Test do not need to have diabetes to participate.

About the grant recipients
DiabetesSisters: DiabetesSisters is a 501c3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the health and quality of life of women with diabetes, and to advocate on their behalf. The organization serves over 20,000 women living with, and at-risk of, diabetes of all ages through online and in-person programs and services, including expert articles, educational materials, blogs and webinars, monthly in-person peer support groups throughout the United States, a Conference Series and a Minority Initiative Program focusing on African American and Hispanic women.

We Are Diabetes: We Are Diabetes is a nonprofit organization primarily devoted to promoting support, education and awareness for people with type 1 diabetes who suffer from eating disorders. WAD offers resources, treatment center referrals, individual mentorship and community support programs.

Riverside Community Diabetes Collaborative: The Riverside Community Diabetes Collaborative (RCDC) is a partnership that was formed in February of 2007 in response to the increasing number of persons diagnosed with and at risk for diabetes. RCDC’s mission is to strengthen community programs and services for the prevention and management of diabetes in Riverside. The Riverside Community Health Foundation is the lead agency of RCDC.


About DiabetesSisters:
A 510c3 nonprofit, DiabetesSisters is the only organization worldwide focusing exclusively on women with diabetes. Our mission is to improve the health and quality of life of women with diabetes and those at risk of developing diabetes, and to advocate on their behalf. DiabetesSisters has a 10,000-member peer network that unites women with diabetes for the purpose of support, education and advocacy. Signature programs include monthly small group meetings (PODS Meetups); DiabetesSisters’ Conferences throughout the U.S.; and the Life Class Webinar Series and online blogs, forums, and expert resources. For more information, visit http://www.diabetessisters.org

About the Diabetes Hands Foundation:
We, at the Diabetes Hands Foundation believe that no one touched by diabetes should ever feel alone, because together we become stronger and have the power to generate positive change in ourselves and our community. Instead of looking at the disease, Diabetes Hands Foundation seeks to understand, connect and energize the millions of people living with this condition. For more information, visit http://www.DiabetesHandsFoundation.org

About the Big Blue Test:
A program of the Diabetes Hands Foundation, demonstrates that small changes can improve diabetes health and promote diabetes awareness. People living with diabetes are invited to test their blood glucose (BG), exercise 14-20 minutes, test their BG again, and share the experience at http://www.BigBlueTest.org. Most participants experience an average drop in BG of 20%, and each entry translates into a matching donation for lifesaving supplies, medical tests, treatment, and/or patient education to patients in need through Big Blue Test grants. For more information, visit http://www.BigBlueTest.org

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