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Happy Bike To Work Day! Get Free BRC Coffee at Transportation Alternatives Fueling Stations

MyAssetTag Supports Bike to WorkRide your bike to work on Friday, May 16th!  Everyday bike commuters and those who wish they did unite: it’s time for Bike to Work Day, the national holiday celebrating your two-wheeled commute.  Join the Transportation Alternatives folks at fueling stations across the five boroughs for free Brooklyn Roasting Company iced coffee, Vita Coco and KIND Healthy Snacks. They’ll also be offering special perks when you join or renew your T.A. membership including free bike lights, reflective buttons, wellness kits, water bottles and more.

 

Where you can find Transportation Alternatives fueling stations:

* Brooklyn Roasting Company (25 Jay Street, DUMBO)
* Brooklyn Bridge (lower tower)
* Hudson River Greenway (W. 72nd Street)
* Joyce Kilmer Park (E. 161 Street and Grand Concourse)
* Madison Square Park (24th Street and 5th Avenue)
* Manhattan Bridge (Manhattan side bike path exit)
* Queensboro Bridge (Queens side, entrance to bike path)
* Staten Island Ferry (St. George Terminal)
* Williamsburg Bridge (Brooklyn side, entrance to bike path)

Cornell Study Shows a Cup of Coffee a Day May Keep Retinal Damage Away

Screen shot 2014-05-05 at 12.49.17 AM According to a Cornell study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, coffee may aid in prevention of deteriorating eyesight and possible blindness from retinal degeneration due to glaucoma, aging and diabetes.  A cup of coffee contains about 7-9% chlorogenic acid (CLA), a strong antioxidant that prevents retinal degeneration in mice.  In the study, “mice eyes were treated with nitric oxide, which creates oxidative stress and free radicals, leading to retinal degeneration, but mice pretreated with CLA developed no retinal damage.”  The study concluded that if drinking coffee “proves to deliver CLA directly into the retina, doctors may one day recommend an appropriate brew to prevent retinal damage.”   Read the whole study here.

Gothamist Spring Guide Includes Transportation Alternatives BRC Fueling Stations

042514biketoworkSpring has sprung and Gothamist posted a guide of 20 fun things to do in the month of May.  On the list is biking to work and, along the way, grabbing a free cup of Brooklyn Roasting Company coffee (plus other goodies) at one of the Fueling Stations set up in all five boroughs by Transportation Alternatives.  Keep up with Transportation Alternative Fueling Station locations by following them on twitter.  Start your day off with a bike ride and get free coffee and goodies from TA and BRC this Spring.  Read the full article here.

More Research Indicates Coffee Consumption is Linked to Lower Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

imageMore good news for coffee drinkers.  As reported earlier, coffee can decrease your risk of type 2 diabetes. According to a new study posted in Diabetologia, a journal which publishes original clinical and experimental research within the field of diabetes, researchers found “novel evidence that increasing coffee consumption over a 4 year period is associated with a lower risk of type 2 diabetes, while decreasing coffee consumption is associated with a higher risk of type 2 diabetes in subsequent years.”  The two doctors, Dr Frank Hu and Dr Shilpa Bhupathiraju, went on to conclude “the higher risk of type 2 diabetes associated with decreasing coffee intake may represent a true change in risk.”  Furthermore, the study found “changes in coffee consumption habit appear to affect diabetes risk in a relatively short amount of time. Our findings confirm those of prospective studies that higher coffee consumption is associated with a lower type 2 diabetes risk, and provide novel evidence that changes in coffee consumption habit is related to diabetes risk.”  Read the whole story here.

New evidence also suggest that coffee’s effect of increasing metabolism may lead to longer life span.  According to News360, “Coffee has been found in other studies to significantly decrease diabetes in non-insulin requiring patients, as well as a lowering the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease or Alzheimer’s.  Other research estimated that coffee might be associated with a 30% lower risk of death over a period of a few decades… Just one cup of coffee contains more than 10% of your daily recommended allowance for certain B Vitamins. And Coffee is one of the most important and largest sources of antioxidants in our western diet.”As reported earlier, coffee can decrease your risk of type 2 diabetes. According to a new study posted in Diabetologia, a journal which publishes original clinical and experimental research within the field of diabetes, researchers found “novel evidence that increasing coffee consumption over a 4 year period is associated with a lower risk of type 2 diabetes, while decreasing coffee consumption is associated with a higher risk of type 2 diabetes in subsequent years.”  The two doctors, Dr Frank Hu and Dr Shilpa Bhupathiraju, went on to conclude “the higher risk of type 2 diabetes associated with decreasing coffee intake may represent a true change in risk.”  Furthermore, the study found “changes in coffee consumption habit appear to affect diabetes risk in a relatively short amount of time. Our findings confirm those of prospective studies that higher coffee consumption is associated with a lower type 2 diabetes risk, and provide novel evidence that changes in coffee consumption habit is related to diabetes risk.”  Read the whole story here.