The B’s of Raising Boys…

I think someone upstairs had a plan for this family and it would be the B Plan as in boys – ALL BOYS!  With this I’d like to point out that I am the youngest of three brothers, including every grandchild in our immediate family follows the B Plan (eight grandsons)!

Now there are some real advantages to representing the male sex that my mother and wife are all too familiar with: sporting events (and more sporting events and more sporting events), ESPN, mega summer action flicks (and who doesn’t pretend to think that Dwayne Johnson isn’t the best actor on the planet?), to having a low-cost clothing budget (except when it comes to basketball shoes - can they really cost nearly $200 a pair today)?

So with all of this natural male knowledge that’s surrounded me my entire life, it would seem obvious that the parenting thing would be easy when raising my two sons -  well maybe not so much…  For starters, I can’t imagine what the current generation has to go through with the pressure social media has created, both good and bad.  Back in the day, cable TV came on at eight, turned off at midnight and summer hits were as simple as Rocky, Rambo or Arnooold! 

Well in this we need it now, hyper-paced, immediate society that we live in, early on my wife and I adopted a simple approach in attempt to provide our sons with some basic guiding principles to help keep them on course, especially when things can get a little bit bumpy.

The B’s of Raising Boys (three plus one)!

1.      Be Good: Boys are active, boys are competitive, boys can find their way into things that they sometimes would be better off not finding in the first place.  In the end, its key that boys have a strong internal compass guiding them so that when life’s journey starts to pull them off course, they have the ability to know the difference between right and wrong, and do what’s right.

2.      Be active: As I have blogged many time before, nothing gets done without the first step.  If you are feeling down, go for a walk.  If you are looking to accomplish a new goal, write it down and every day do something that moves you closer to accomplishing it.  Boys like movement and as long as they are always moving – good things are certain to happen (especially when applying the first B – being good)!

3.      B’s or Better:  Another challenge for the current generation is all of the hype over the need to be best in class and the drive to maintain A++ grades.  The way I see it, the person whom graduated last in their class is still called a doctor and personally, over half of the success equation is just showing up in the first place.  For our boys, we don’t expect them to come up with the next mathematical formula to reprogram the world clock, but getting a B or better in school seems to just make sense.

+ 1 think BIG!  The last B we introduced to our boys when they started getting older.  Today more than ever, the world is full of so many great opportunities.  Unfortunately for most, with what shows up on TV or how social media can come across, this message can easily get lost.  Let's face it, the world is flat with so many possibilities (personally, professionally, spiritually, financially) that will lead you to feeling good and adding meaningful value to those around you, and in the end, the only thing holding you back is you – so why not always think BIG!

Know your Numbers!

With the daily dose and re-dose of health happy tips and the ever-changing lifestyle recommendations, it can be tricky to know what daily habits are your best option.  With this in mind, take note Coffee lovers that our last dose of Coffee with Cote’ (February 2017) regarding activity can be taken to the bank - and let this lead you as it’s one of the healthiest deposits you can make in your health bank account!  Hear this now, hear this again, activity is your super power that will not only get you on track, but keep you on track, allowing you to be the best version of you.

So, if you are looking to build out your healthcare portfolio, what else can be added to help you achieve and fulfill your full healthcare potential?  From the evolution of insurance to the introduction of managed care in the late 90’s, to putting a stamp of approval on such services as one of the key essential benefits with the Affordable Care Act, one doesn't have to look much further than getting an annual wellness physical.  Prevention always trumps treatment, but having to go through the medical knothole of scheduling your annual physical, then having to block the time for it, and in return, voluntarily getting poked and prodded at the doctor’s office, isn't most people’s idea of a good time.

So, what's a coffee lover to do?  Try borrowing a page from that catchy 80’s Gen-X slogan made popular by Nike and “Just Do it!”  That's right, every year plan to put yourself first and get your annual wellness exam.  Like trying to decipher an explanation of benefits after a recent doctor’s office visit, interpreting all the data, numbers and results of your annual physical can be frustrating.  With this in mind, let below be your cheat sheet for your next wellness visit and subsequent conversation with your healthcare professional.

Cholesterol LDL – THE BAD ONE – should be less than 100

Blood Sugar – your fasting glucose level should be less than 107 – better yet if under 100

Waist Circumference & BMI – this should be less than half of your height in inches and for BMI, look to get this number below 30

Blood Pressure – 120/80 is great but 115/75 is even better

Colonoscopy – you should have it done starting @ 50 and look to have it done every ten years at a minimum

Eye Exam – No matter your age, get this test done once every two years at a minimum

Dental Exam – Include this as part of your annual teeth cleaning

Stress Test – Get this done at age 50 for a baseline and then every five years until age 65. If symptoms develop once you turn 65, every year is ideal.

How's your new year’s resolution coming?

How's your new year’s resolution coming?

So we are through the election, holidays and the new year is off and running – so how are your New Year’s resolutions coming? Coffee with Cote’ ended 2016 with some political detox and now 2017 is in full swing - so how are those goals coming?  Is it really February? For most, setting those New Year’s Resolutions are not only a distant memory, but statistically, the majority of us have already abandoned them all together.  If you fall into this class (not being on track for hitting them or bailing on your resolutions altogether), don't be too hard on yourself.  Really, why do we have to make the first of each year the day to start on a better you in the first place?  Add to this that most people over-load with too many or unrealistic expectations, and with everything life has to throw at us, in a way, we’re almost set-up for failure.

Coffee with Cote' Political Detox and a Healthier You...

Have we had enough of the election, politics and in general everything not perfect in the world being magnified, scrutinized and blasted all  over the TV and internet 24/7 daily?  Is it really all that bad?  Maybe it’s me or maybe it’s the advice my grandfather shared with my dad and he shared with me that “there is nothing that can happen to this country that the good people of the United States can’t handle or fix.”

So we have a new president which means ½ of the country won’t be happy.  I get it, but isn’t this what democracy is all about and a big reason why our country is so great today? 

Left or right, this past political season represented everything bad about our country.  So, as we wind-down from the not too distant past and we plan for what lies ahead, maybe it’s time we take a few minutes each day and provide ourselves with some much needed TLC.  Although there isn’t a switch that can be flipped, a pill that can be taken, or a hidden island we can move to, there are some basic steps proven that if done daily will lead to a healthier you.  Yes, a healthier version of you that in the end is one of the best outcomes anyone could ask for.

 BTC’s daily prescription for a better you…

Take a hike!  That’s right, I said it, get out and go for a walk or some other form of physical movement.  You don’t have to be a marathon runner or triathlete to benefit from what 20-30 minutes of walking, running, biking. etc. can do for your overall physical and mental wellbeing.  Ask me about success and I can assure you that some form of activity is behind it.  Said differently, activity doesn’t guaranteed success but there is no success without it.

Be your own personal highlight reel! Try borrowing a page from the highly successful ESPN by making your own personal SporstCenter highlight reel.  Who wouldn’t want to be the star for the day?  What if this could be done not just once, but every day?  What if every morning when you wake up or every night just before you go to bed you relived your personal highlights for the day; taking a moment to reflect on the 3 or 4 best things that happened in your day and replay them over and over?  You could let this be your personal highlight reel to not only reflect on some of the good things happening in your life, but also take this an opportunity to build on for the future.

Random Act of Kindness!  Sometimes the smallest things can have the biggest impact in a friendship, a co-worker or just possibly making our environment/our world a better place to live.  A friend: they say you are the equivalent of the five people closest to you.  When is the last time you thanked them for simply being them?  A co-worker:  You would be amazed at what buying a co-worker a cup of coffee will do to brighten their day.  Sorry if this comes across as a shameless plug for “Coffee with Cote” but what a nice surprise…and who doesn’t like surprises?   Lastly, our world: next time you see some random garbage on the ground, pick it up or when leaving a store, open a door for someone just entering or leaving.  What if this this little extra effort, this simple random act of kindness that no one asked you to do, not only made the situation better for others but made you feel better as a result of?

Sticker Shock!

Coffee with Cote’ an unconventional look for healthier outcomes and what successful employers are doing to create a better workforce...

I love the car rental commercial where you can pick any car in the aisle. I never can remember that actors name but have been a big fan since first seeing him on Seinfeld, Puddy – Right?

What if the next time you went to buy a new car, you could go to any car dealer and pick any car you want with no worries over what the cost would be – that's right, no sticker shock!
Those with kids, what would their response be if you gave them your credit card just before dropping them off at the mall followed by, “Mommy and Daddy love you, you go have fun & buy what you want and we will take care of the rest”. Ok, maybe I am aging myself so later tonight how about if you plop your kiddos in front of your laptop and let them shop on-line ‘til midnight using your personal Visa – get the point?

In a way, isn't this what it’s like when it comes to healthcare? Think about it, with the tens of thousands of tests and procedures occurring daily has your doctor ever stopped and said, “wait, are you worried what this might cost you”? Truthfully, if you did ask what the test might cost I'll bet the answer would be, “what is your deductible”?

The scary part is, once an employee has met their deductible their perception of health cost is free due to the low (and in some cases no) costs passed on to them at that point. Add to this the cost of free when it comes to basic tests like colonoscopies that can range from $700-
$3,500 and CT scans from $290 to $2,900 with competing medical providers that can provide the same test right across the street from each other. That’s right – the same test performed across the road or down the block and at times completed by the same physician costs thousands of dollars more. Yet this free to your employee can cost your health plan thousands more next time you are up for renewal.

Well there is some good news on this front. Today with the substantial rise in healthcare costs often leading to more expenses born by employees, insurance carriers are starting to recognize the financial burden and offer some on-line pricing assistance. The bad news is, for the average person, many of the results are estimates vs. actual costs and come with the added burden of employees having to navigate additional web-sites, with still many questions not being answered.

From the very beginning 44North has lead the way working with employers, employees and their families to advocate on their behalf and as a result provide a real time solution (an actual person with a name, direct dial that will follow-up with pro-active phone calls for help and support). As it relates to price shopping, 44North offers many options including the ease of a click of an App or a toll-free number, where a trained healthcare professional will provide
 
support utilizing the latest in industry technology, industry know how and the best of insurance carrier tools to deliver simplified cost savings results. This streamlined straight forward approach not only provides real-time price saving results to help preserve your employee’s paycheck but also can go a long way in making your business’ bottom-line healthier.

No Internet-No Way!!

Coffee with Cote’ - An unconventional look for healthier outcomes and “What” successful employers are doing to create a better workforce... 

No internet – No way!

Can you imagine a life without it?  It doesn’t seem too long ago when business couldn’t survive without the latest from the mail room, as most of tomorrow’s best decisions couldn’t start without that key document making its way to someone’s desk. 

Then it happened…the fax machine!  Who can forget that funny paper that rolled up right after spitting it’s message out that in no time would turn yellow and start to fade?  If this doesn’t ring a bell, how about that awful shriek as the message was transmitting – Rrrrrr-Zzzzzzzz-Blaaamm-Bleeeep....

Could you imagine today working with these mail room restrictions at your office?  Impossible!  As we are thankful for the evolution of mail room to fax machine to email of today, could we possible leverage technology to help address many of today’s most basic healthcare needs?  Is there a way we can seek treatment more quickly, more affordably, all while providing the same results that we have come to depend on when it comes to the aid for many of our friends, families & employees?

Consider the following:

  • ·         Many doctor offices are open less than 40 hours a week
  • ·         The average time people wait to get a doctor’s appointment can be over 3 weeks
  • ·         75-90% of doctor visits originate from fear and stress
  • ·         The average time in a waiting room is now close to 30 minutes
  • ·         The Top 3 reasons for emergency room visits are: ear infection, upper respiratory & sinus infection
  • ·         Today the majority of ALL emergency room visits (nearly 70%) are for non-emergency
  • ·         The cost for many of today’s emergency room visit is exceeding an average of over $1200

So as you look at the above list, do you think that we should keep doing what we have always done to drive the same results?  What if your doctor was on call, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for any possible healthcare question you have?  Wouldn’t this make a positive difference in our lives?

Remembering the dependency of the mail room, then the fax machine, then email, imagine moving one step forward and having a doctor’s visit from the comfort of your home.  Tele-medicine is here and can successfully treat: colds, flu, upper respiratory, allergies, headaches, urinary tract infection, bronchitis, eye-ear-skin infections, as well as yeast and other GYN issues 75% or the time including prescribing medication and following up with your primary doctor with one simple phone call.  How does calling your doctor, waiting on hold, then scheduling an appointment three weeks out still sound like the smartest choice versus having a doctor call you and successfully address some of healthcare’s most common needs in less than ten minutes?

Now I am not suggesting that this will work for all or that implementing this healthcare advancement is as simple as flipping a switch (or opening an email).  The fact is, people are creatures of habit and change takes time, but with the right partner channels supported by effective education and employee communication this approach isn’t just available, but works!  Need more proof?  Today, 44North has nearly 30,000 lives supported on our tele-medicine platform and we have been delivering this healthcare advancement for years.  This is just another reason why 44North continues to lead the healthE revolution™!

What Comes First, the Why, the What, or the How?

What Comes First, the Why, the What, or the How?

Coffee with Cote’ - An unconventional look for healthier outcomes

What comes first, the Why, the What or the How

I hate to beat a dead horse, but boy is coffee expensive! 

It’s funny (not really), but it seems that coffee is priced like gas these days.  I think my college professor (whom I sensed had a bit of wild side and confirmed that he did the day he showed up to class with a black eye) would call that an oligopoly market – similar to gas.  I always admired how he could pull off, with such confidence, wearing a plaid shirt with a poke-a-dot tie.  He literally could go from the left side of the chalk board over to right and switch from writing with his left hand to his right and then move from the right side of the chalk board to the left without missing a beat.  All the while talking at lightning speed and with such confidence - opinionated too (imagine that).  I sense that his opinionated, fast talking, funny dressed ways might have caught up to him one evening at a local pub and thus the black eye.

The problem is coffee is not like gas, right?  Three options for gas, but from one station to the next, not a ton difference in experience.  Today in this “pay at the pump” world, it’s really hard to see why one gas station would charge more than the next.  The challenge is that there is a difference in coffee, not only in taste, but in experience.  Nobody has figured this out better than Starbucks.  It is the Starbucks experience that leads to the endless lines that follow at airports or other highly populated places, while their competitors down the hall have no wait.  I have heard a rumor that Starbucks is looking to put a Starbucks within a Starbucks in the near future.  Well maybe not, but people will wait for their Starbucks coffee, because they have figured out the “Why” when it comes to the “Starbucks experience.”

Here’s the rub.  The “Why” when it comes to healthcare is not as simple as a sharp tasting dark roast, followed by responsive and friendly service.  The reality is the “Why” is a combination of many non-related influences over the years that has led us to a rubix cube of challenges.  Consider this...

·         Obesity, Alcohol & Tobacco represent over 50% of the US nearly $4 Trillion healthcare spending

·         Cars today burn nearly a billion gallons of gas more than 1960 due to our weight gain now v then

·         Sugar drinks equate to 95,000 heart attacks, 26,000 premature deaths and 8,000 strokes a year and impact medical spend by nearly 20 Billion

·         The Majority of Healthcare is paid by third party payers: employer pays the premium, employee uses coverage, provider bills carrier, who sees the bill?

·         70% of HC utilization does not reflect the actual costs – Office Visit, Preventative, Prescription and Chiropractic.

·         ACA further complicates things with a disconnect between driving costs down and carriers’ profits

·         Regardless of employers best efforts to control costs and provide a comprehensive medical plan, healthcare premiums are at an all-time high with personal bankruptcy top culprit being individual’s inability to pay their medical bills even with the fact that over 50% of these occurrences medical coverage was in place. 

Although overwhelming, have faith reader, as future Coffee with Cote’s will deep dive into “What” successful employers are doing to create a positive healthcare worksite movement and promote positive change.  With this it will become clear “How” successful employers have made a successful shift, building an inspiring culture from today’s healthcare users to tomorrow’s healthcare consumers and how to empower employees to feel like they are a big part of the solution, rather than the problem.

More to come…and knowing the “Why” is an important first step.

Why pay more for one cup of coffee vs another? What gives?

Why pay more for one cup of coffee vs another?  What gives?

Come to think of it, why did that crazy Northern Michigan graduate, Howard Shultz, move to Seattle to build that coffee empire affectionately known as Starbucks? And really, what is up with their crazy looking logo anyways?  Does increased cost guarantee improved quality or better outcomes from the cars we drive, the soap we use, or the coffee we drink?

Now I am not suggesting to travel to France in search of the best French Roast but then again, the French do outlive us.  (Hmm…could it be their coffee?)  Today they are ranked some 25 spots ahead of the U.S. in terms of life expectancy (8th vs. 34th).  Taking a closer look…not only do the French outlive us but their total annual cost of medical spending per citizen is less than half that of our cost in the Unites States ($8,233 for the US vs. $3,974 in France – Source: *OECD 2012 Health Data).

After a few more clicks on my trusty Dell (and a few more sips of coffee), I could easily find that France also has a significant cost advantage to the United States for many medical related costs from pharmacy (nearly 1/3 less vs U.S.) to ambulatory & hospital (nearly ½ that of the United States*).  As a matter of fact, in addition to France, there are a number of other countries that well outpace the U.S. in terms of life expectancy & lower medical costs. What gives??

Unfortunately, today, many of us are dealing with escalating medical costs.  Our premiums increase at work and our deductibles get higher trying to manage the cost of care when we need it.  When this happens, what is a person to do?  For starters, you won’t see me suggesting traveling abroad (just yet) for the basic healthcare needs just to save a buck or two.  However, I will challenge you to create a mindset of a healthcare consumer (vs. a healthcare user) and become mindful of what things cost for many of the common things you utilize healthcare for.  Why is it that some people will spend an entire weekend shopping for a $50 savings on their next TV and yet ignore the fact that there can be hundreds to thousands price difference on some of the most basic of elective or maintenance (reoccurring) medical needs?  Fortunately, we have an abundance of the best care right here in the United States but what you don’t know about the services that you have and the broad range of charges that are being billed might be costing you.

The U.S. has the 2nd and 3rd highest MRI and CT exam rate*, respectively, in the world and yet there can be a $1,000-$3,000 price difference for the same exact elective test within a 50 mile range in many parts of the United States – including Michigan.  Today, preventative screenings for important test like mammograms and colonoscopies are now 100% covered and might be a big reason why the U.S. ranks 1st with five year survival rates for breast cancer and 2nd for colorectal cancer (Japan 1st with France being 6th).  As good as this is, wouldn’t it be great if you could save over $2,000 for a follow-up colonoscopy (typically used for colorectal cancer screenings)?   When this is performed in the same calendar year, this cost is typically 100% allocated to the employee.  Did you know that right here in West Michigan, you could have the same test performed right across the street with a $2,000 difference in price?

The good news is that the United States has made some positive strides with “consumer” driven medical options and a great example of this is with generic drug utilization.  As a country, over 80% of all Rx utilization is for generic drugs.  Unfortunately, since the passing of the Affordable Care Act in 2010, generics have seen an increase in price of over 500% (Consumers Reports).  As a matter of fact, the second and third largest drug sales by volume, Lipitor and Plavix respectively, can find a cost difference of over TEN TIMES for the exact same drug & dosage at competing retail pharmacies within a 50 mile radius, costing $100 per fill (thousands annually) in unnecessary excess spending.

So, the next time you are off sipping away at Starbucks on a cold winter day, be thankful you don’t have to drive to Seattle to enjoy your next cup of coffee.   Even in Marquette Michigan (home of NMU), and pretty much anywhere else in the state of Michigan, becoming a healthcare consumer will more than pay for your next bag of French Roast.

Turn Off The TV

“Turn off the TV.  It’s time to do your homework.”

“Sitting that close to the TV will make your eyes go bad.”

“Watching too much TV will lead to memory loss.”

Yup, I have heard it all from my parents when I attempted to dodge doing homework.  Fortunately, the whole satellite, 200+ channel line-up, didn’t exist back then.

Little did I know that watching TV can have some seriously side effects.  With a few clicks from my keyboard I found out that since 2000:

·         Some 18,000 people have been injured each year from TV’s taking a tumble

·         Approximately three children an hour have been injured due to TV’s tipping

·         Nearly 20% of all TV injuries occur due to people simply deciding to kick their television sets

With the likelihood of the above being remote, I did find out that TV viewing can have some major health risks including an increased chance for cancer, heart disease, diabetes, Parkinson’s and suicide.  Medical News Today recently detailed that those whom watch seven or more hours of TV a day (You know…binge-watching TV series on Netflix) have a 47% more likely chance of dying due to one of these conditions,  compared to those whom watch less than one hour a day.  Today, nearly 80% of Americans watch TV 3-4 hours per day and at this rate the 47% possibility of these conditions is reduced to 15%. 

Although many of the details are not cemented, the fact that alcohol consumption, smoking, increased calorie intake and the prevalent sedentary lifestyle behavior that exists with TV watching are all contributing factors.  Ironically, this is in alignment of what I learned early in my professional healthcare career.  The healthcare industry, then, stated that over 50% of their spending was from obesity, alcohol and smoking.   

Here’s a thought…What about placing your TV in front of an exercise ball or treadmill while watching?  Although I am sure this isn’t exactly what my parents had in mind when they were harping at me to watch less TV, but not a bad compromise when those office water cooler conversations start up about the last episode of Dancing with the Stars or the Voice.

One Small Step Would Be Good....

“One small step would be good.”  This was what I caught myself thinking as the rest of the family waited and I yelled out to my oldest son to hurry up and join us on the boat.  Summer is coming to an end in Northern Michigan and anyone who knows Michigan weather knows that you have to take advantage of those great summer days whenever possible.  Little does my oldest son know that this lake that we are about to go boating on is the same lake that his Grandfather and Great Grandfather were together on the day World War II ended.  Yup, the same Grandfather (my Dad) that used to make me take those awful long car rides in the old family station wagon (hmm, long boat ride, something sounds familiar here) and the same person that first opened my eyes to health and wellness.

Back when I was my son’s age, it was after those long family rides that I would need to run around and burn off some energy (or work off those lumps in my legs from my two older brother punching me).  It was about the same time I remember asking my dad if he exercised.  He replied, “God only gives us so many heartbeats and if you think I am going to waste any running up and down the driveway, well no thanks!”  To which he would add, “If you want good health than you need good parents.”

In a day of “need it now” and where everyone is looking for the quickest, easiest answer, could I find a better answer than my dad’s?  There has to be a better something better out there.  Armed with a cup of coffee and a few clicks on the trusted Dell, I was amazed at what I found out. 

Within no time, I was awaken to the new life altering, performance enhancing drug of the 21st century.   I found that with a small daily dose, taken just five times a week, many of life’s more concerning health woes could be addressed including:

•       reduced pain and disability for patients with knee arthritis by 47%

•       reduced dementia and Alzheimer’s in older patients by 50%

•       reduced the progression to diabetes in patients at high risk by 58%

•       reduced the risk of hip fracture in post-menopausal women by 41%

•       reduced anxiety by 48%

•       reduced likelihood of getting breast cancer by 18%

•       reduced coronary heart disease risk by 14%

•       reduced dying of any kind of cancer by 10%

•       reduced depression by 30% (47% with higher dosage)

•       Increased life expectancy 3 – 5 years

•       Increased household income potential by 10%

 

This amazing drug being: exercise/walking or running – minimum of 20 minutes at a time.          

Sources: American Heart Assoc., American Cancer Society, USA-National Runner Survey, Journal of Applied Psychology

 

After cruising the internet and finding this great info above, I still wasn’t able to find the best way to get my oldest to hurry up while the rest of the family was waiting.   Time to log off now!  My dad has stopped by & wants to go for a walk to make sure he tracks enough steps on his pedometer for the day.

The Health Benefits of Coffee

Coffee with Cote’ – An unconventional look for healthier outcomes…

Turn down a cup of coffee?  No sir!  That’s what the contractor at my house said to me when I asked him if he would like a cup recently.  Who doesn't like having a cup of coffee with a friend, a stranger at a local coffee shop, or at the office or when starting a meeting?

For years, coffee has been believed to be the evil dark side to ones better health.   It has alleged to stunt ones growth and lead to heart disease and cancer.  This has shaped perceptions for many, carrying us through the 20th century and dating back to early 1600 myth.  This probably explains why, back in the day, McDonalds nearly gave it away for free.   When I was younger, my dad would get a cup for those long drives when I was stuck in the back seat sitting between my two older brothers in the old family station wagon (or “quality family time” as my dad would remind me).

So, if coffee is so bad for you than why do those darn French people look so skinny and healthy sipping coffee with friends in those nice pictures in Paris cafes’?  Maybe those French people are onto something, being that they are ranked 8th in life expectancy while the U.S. is tied with Columbia & Cuba at 34th.

Could it be that coffee has had a bad rap all of these years?  With a few simple clicks on the keyboard, while drinking coffee nonetheless, I was amazed to find out that coffee is possibly the new wonder drug of the 21st century. Maybe that explains why Starbucks has once again raised their prices…

Did you know drinking 2-3 cups of caffeinated coffee daily can produce….

·         Happiness: - A recent Harvard study found that women had a 15-20% lower risk of depression and a Smaller Waistline due to the stimulating effects coffee provides on the central nervous system.  Also coffee can assist with Improved Energy to help get the day rolling or jump starting your next work-out.

·         Longer Life: 15% lower risk of dying, slash your diabetes risk in half and for woman reduce certain forms of breast cancer by 57% per a 14 year study from the National Institutes of Health.  Another study in Japan showed stroke risk reduction by 20% and in 2012 Boston researchers found reduction of many cancers including: skin, mouth, colon, liver and prostate cancer.

·         In addition to having nearly ZERO CALORIES, coffee has many potent antioxidants (twice that of tea and three times that of wine) that the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition found can fortify your nervous system healing with the prevention of Parkinson’s and the cognitive decline that occurs with aging including Alzheimer’s.

Well, even though I never did convince my contractor to have a cup of coffee with me, he did one heck of a job on our driveway.  Now, I must run and I will have to reach out to my dad today and thank him for introducing me to “the new wonder drug” at an early age.

 

 

Brian Cote'