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Workers Say a Good Cup of Coffee Can Make Entire Workday Better

Five words or less(NewsUSA) - If you want to make your workday a bit better, just turn to coffee. That's according to a survey where coffee was identified as key to securing some of offices' best business deals, improving networking and giving office workers a feeling of being at their best. In fact, the recent survey conducted by Harris Poll and Keurig Green Mountain showed that of the 843 adults who were interviewed (presumably around the coffee machine), 89 percent said a good cup of coffee makes their entire workday even better. "Clearly, coffee plays an important role in our society and means so much more than just taking a break from work," says Nicole Williams, Career Expert and founder of WORKS. "It has become a way of bringing individuals together, for colleagues to brainstorm or collaborate, to interact with your boss in a more casual way or even spark one's own creativity." Without their daily cup of joe, coffee drinkers can feel a range of negative emotions -- exhausted (36 percent), irritable (35 percent), unproductive (30 percent), disorganized (20 percent) or forgetful (14 percent). The data only re-enforced Keurig's take that coffee has a variety of surprising social and professional benefits, which is why the company took on a new challenge -- to brew a better carafe of coffee, faster. With its new BOLT System, Keurig believes it has changed the way coffee is brewed in the workplace. The company challenged its engineers to come up with something nearly everyone in the office will appreciate -- a system that brews a better pot of coffee with no mess in two minutes. What came of the collaboration between the mechanical and electrical engineers and software team was a system that could brew 64 ounces of delicious fresh coffee, faster than ever before -- which may be a huge boon for office workers' productivity. "The next time you plan a big meeting, go one step further by making a large carafe for everyone in the room," says Williams. "Almost half of office workers who drink coffee agree that coffee has been the key to making some of their office's best business deals happen. The more time and effort you put into planning a great meeting, the better your team will appreciate you and the task at hand." To learn more about the future of office coffee, visit
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Fresh Fruit Delivers Fun and Nutrition

Five words or less(NewsUSA) - It's a fact. When you give kids a chance to create their own meals, they're more likely to eat them. It's also true that kids don't often make the wisest choices. That's why parents are grateful for fruit. Naturally delicious and notoriously healthy, fresh fruit is the perfect ingredient for getting kids to the table. It's a smart food that tastes like a treat. A lot of parents can't wait for summer and the arrival of fresh fruit season. But thanks to another "best of both worlds" scenario, they don't have to wait. When it's winter in North America, the weather in Chile is just heating up, and its robust fruit industry ensures that fresh fruit is available year-round. So, what fresh ideas can parents spring on the kids this winter? A great place to start is "nature's candy," fresh Chilean grapes. The perfect finger food, grapes can also be the centerpiece of an appetizer plate, the sweet addition to savory snacks, and the fun ingredient in unexpected places. Green, red and black grapes provide endless inspiration for kids of all ages to be creative and enjoy. Here are a few ideas to inspire! * Grapes and cheese cubes on pretzel skewers * Grapes as the center of cheese sunflowers with a celery stem * Grape turtle with an apple slice as the body * Frozen grape caterpillars with mini chocolate chips for eyes * Grape salsa as a topping for tacos or baked brie * Roasted grapes tossed in grain salads and layered in yogurt-granola parfaits * Halved grapes tucked into grilled cheese sandwiches * Heart-shaped cookies decorated with grapes Winter is also a good time for fresh blueberries, the little blue dynamos that work magic in all manner of kid-friendly dishes. And if it seems like ages since you've enjoyed fresh plums and nectarines, you'll find ripe, flavorful stonefruit from Chile waiting for you in many American produce aisles. Year-round availability of fresh fruit and kid-friendly recipes give parents sweet options for long winter months.
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Say No to the Knife: Reduce the Likeliness Of Surgery With Chiropractic Care

Five words or less(NewsUSA) - Throughout the years, chronic back pain sufferers haven't had much in the way of options to relieve their pain. Aside from drug therapy, surgery was often it -- leading many who understandably wanted to avoid an invasive approach to search for an alternative. Now, many patients are saying they've found that relief through chiropractic care. To learn more, visit Watch the video at:
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Garden Project Spreads Its Roots in Urban Areas

Five words or less(NewsUSA) - It's not easy being green -- especially when you share space with more than 3 million people. And yet, one Southern California business is making it easier. BP Gardens, a subsidiary of GreenGro Technologies (OTC: GNRH), an Anaheim-based eco-friendly technology company, is taking local farming in a crowded urban environment to a whole new level by designing vertical gardens. Its hope, says GreenGro CEO James Haas, is to provide local communities, restaurants and grocers with locally grown, pesticide-free fruits and vegetables. BP Gardens began as the seed of an idea from Haas. The thought, he says, was to use as little water and energy as possible, while still yielding fresh, locally grown produce and herbs for customers. According to Haas, there will be two separate locations and growing methods. BP Gardens Buena Park currently sits on 4.5 acres in Anaheim, California, and features a 5,000-seat full hydroponic grow system, while its sister company, BP Lincoln Gardens in northern California, employs a zero-waste, 80 percent water-saving aquaponics solution with a 40,000-seat capacity. "With California consistently facing severe droughts, these systems will help change the way we grow [food], modernizing its processes to become more sustainable for the future," says Haas. Currently, Buena Park has completed its construction and has planted its first crops, which is ideal for leafy greens, while Lincoln is in the process of installing floating raceways and introducing fish in preparation for its first crops. This location will focus on the growth of heavy greens and Sacramento Perch for its customers. Between the two structures, Haas said he anticipates growing 45,000 heads of lettuce a month. In addition to finding a way to combine technology and food production while reducing the company's own carbon footprint, Haas has also stumbled on a niche market in the medical marijuana industry. While GreenGro does not participate in the sale of medical marijuana, Haas said GreenGro's equipment and advanced hydroponic systems benefit that business as well. Although Haas estimates that about 60 percent of his customers buy his gardening equipment to grow medical marijuana, he says he is focused on his BP Gardens projects, and isn't content to stop with the California market, but believes he can take his idea worldwide. "BP Gardens wants to go big," says Haas. "We want to be the source for food and not have to have it travel, and save the Earth." For more information, visit
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Give Your Kitchen a New Look With a Lighting Update

Five words or less(NewsUSA) - A simple, inexpensive lighting update can completely transform your kitchen from dull to dynamite. According to the American Lighting Association (ALA), good lighting design makes kitchens more functional, as well as more enjoyable, relaxing and suitable for entertaining. "Good lighting is vitally important in kitchens," says Jeff Dross, corporate director for education and industry trends for Kichler Lighting. "Perhaps more work in the home is done in the kitchen area than any other room, and having improper lighting would be tantamount to candles in a warehouse or flashlights on a factory floor. "Food preparation is a vital, though sometimes tedious, task performed virtually every day," Dross continues. "Cooking in a poorly illuminated space only increases the drudgery and the danger. Good lighting adds to the overall space, and increases the pleasure in using said space." The very fact that kitchens are spaces where people spend a lot of time makes them valuable areas when reselling a home, as well. For this reason, many experts agree kitchen renovations are among the best ways to boost the value of your home. Along with bathrooms, kitchens are an integral part of the home to virtually everyone. Unfortunately, when it comes time to updating kitchens with a new look, lighting does not always get the attention it deserves. According to Dross, this is to the detriment of home design. "Lighting is as important a design element as wall coverings, flooring and countertops," says Dross. "It can make an average kitchen look great and elevate a fabulous design to perfection. Need to increase the visual size of a room without tearing down a wall? Add lighting above the cabinets and at the toe-kick space. "The importance of good, high lumen output for task (under-cabinet) lighting cannot be over emphasized," Dross adds. "Wall-mounted cabinets create shadows on countertop work surfaces. The only way to alleviate those shadows (and the accompanying dark spots on the cutting board) is with under-cabinet lighting." Another factor to keep in mind relates to energy usage, and by extension, your power bill. The U.S. Department of Energy reports that American consumers use electricity for lighting the kitchen more than any other room in the house. So, to save electricity costs, invest in energy-efficient lighting in the kitchen. To see the most up-to-date fixtures and shades, and to consult with a professionally trained lighting expert, visit your local ALA-member retailer, or go online to
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The Need for Voluntary Insurance Is on the Rise

Five words or less(NewsUSA) - NewsusaInfographic - As health care costs continue to increase, employees are turning to voluntary benefits like accident, critical illness and hospital plans as a way to fill in coverage gaps. In fact, according to the 2014 Aflac WorkForces Report nearly 88 percent of workers agree they consider voluntary benefits an important part of a comprehensive benefits package. See full-sized image here.
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How to Be More Productive During Your Business Flights

Five words or less(NewsUSA) - In today's business world, it's wise to take advantage of any opportunity to be more productive. This is especially true for business travelers who spend many hours each week sitting on flights. So, rather than sit staring at the back of the seat in front of you each flight, here are some ways to put your time to better use: * Exercise your brain by reading. It doesn't matter whether it's the latest book by Stephen King or James Patterson, that report you've been meaning to tackle or a professional journal. Where else are you going to get consecutive uninterrupted hours to catch up on some light (or heavy) reading? * Catch up on important writing. You may not be able to wade through emails, but you can tackle employee reviews, finesse a speech or presentation or even do some personal writing in a journal or blog. * Take the opportunity to rest or sleep. Why stay awake watching movies when you can rest up before that big day on the job? This is probably one of the most important aspects of business travel. We all know how difficult it can be to sleep on a plane, but the simple act of shutting your eyes can help you to hit the ground running. * Remember to hydrate. Humidity levels are notoriously low on a flight by about 5 to 10 percent, which is similar to an arid desert. It follows that passengers can expect to get dehydrated to some degree, which can be combatted by drinking at least one liter of water for every four hours in the sky. Not only does better hydration improve health, it's also been found to reduce jet lag. * Find an airline that can accommodate your business needs. Not all airlines are created equal. For example, Aer Lingus, the premier airline that connects Ireland to the world and the world to Ireland, is expanding its business class offerings in the coming months to provide more comfort to its international travelers. Some of the changes the airline has made include: More convenient flight times, shorter transfer times, pre-clearance for customs and a bevy of in-fight conveniences such as complimentary Wi-Fi, USB power, ample work space, custom-made duvets for coziness (and warmth) while you sleep on your fully flat bed, and meals that showcase the finest and freshest ingredients from the Emerald Isle. By revamping its business class, Aer Lingus said it is able to "provide its customers with value without compromising on product" and, in this way, help its business travelers remain productive while in the air. For more information, visit
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It's Never too Late to Start Living Healthy

Five words or less(NewsUSA) - NewsusaInfographic - It's never too late to start exercising to give yourself a healthier lifestyle. Here are four basic exercises to help improve your balance as you age. For more information and to find classes in your area, visit See full-sized image here.
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Revive tus objetivos de verte saludable en 2015

Five words or less(NewsUSA) - Al darle una palmadita y un adiós a la fiesta de Año Nuevo de 2015 y disfrutas de lo que queda de tu Pavo y Rosca de Reyes, deberías estar pensando en tomar esas resoluciones sobrantes del año que pasó y volver a comprometerte de nuevo con ellas este año, incluyendo ponerte en forma y saludable. Para ayudarte a alcanzar tus metas, puedes necesitar abastecerte de algunos elementos esenciales, tales como ropa y accesorios o aparatos para la cocina. Con este fin, JCPenney, uno de los minoristas de ropa y del hogar más grande del país, cuenta con todas las marcas que conoces a un precio que se ajusta a tu presupuesto y te mantiene en el camino indicado para que adoptes una vida más saludable. Para que completes tu vestuario de entrenamiento físico, la tienda tiene de todo: desde zapatos hasta chaquetas deportivas. Las zapatillas de correr de mujer, New Balance, están a menos de $70 y te dan la velocidad y el soporte que necesitas, no importa si estás corriendo distancias cortas o si estas entrenando para un maratón. Para mantenerte abrigada en los días fríos de invierno, la chaqueta Xersion Colorblock coordina perfectamente con el Xersion Reflective Print Legging. Ambas piezas te mantienen fresca y seca al absorber el sudor. El tejido elástico te permite moverte libremente y sus costuras sin rozaduras no irritan tu piel. Si relajarte, al hacer ejercicios es tu objetivo, el Kit de Yoga para principiantes puede ser para ti. Incluye una estera de yoga, una correa de yoga con hebilla (en caso de que quieras probar una clase en un gimnasio u estudio) y un bloque de espuma de yoga. Para aquellas que quieran ejercitar los músculos, el Kit de Natural Fitness Resistance Toning que fortalece y tonifica todo tu cuerpo, podría ser perfecto para ti. Incluye una pelota para hacer ejercicios, tubos de látex resistentes a la rotura y puños de tobillo forrados. Mientras el ejercicio es una parte esencial para estar saludable, la nutrición también es clave. Para este efecto la olla de vapor Oster puede cocinar verduras al vapor, arroz, carne, mariscos, aves, frutas e incluso huevos. El vapor instantáneo te permite empezar a cocinar inmediatamente. También viene con un sincronizador de 75 minutos que tiene un auto apagador de seguridad. Además, cuenta con piezas desmontables que son aptas para lava platos, lo que lo hace fácil de limpiar. Para un desayuno rápido, la licuadora/batidora Cooks Rocket Power Blender te permite preparar rápidamente un batido saludable y mezclar tus propias salsas caseras. Sus cuchillas de acero inoxidable hacen del batir, picar, moler y mezclar tareas sin esfuerzo y viene con recetas rápidas y fáciles. Para obtener más información, visita
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JCPenney comparte la influencia del consumidor latino estas navidades

(NewsUSA) - NewsusaInfographic - Tradiciones culturales y una época de compras extendida contribuyen a un sobre índice de gastos en comparación a la población general. Se proyecta que las Latinas están entre los consumidores que más gastaran en las tiendas por departamentos en esta temporada de fiestas. Para dar inicio a la campaña navideña #MeNavidearon, JCPenney se dio a la tarea de investigar las hábitos de compras de la consumidora Latina. El 86% de las latinas, toman las decisiones en sus hogares y es evidente que este segmento de la población, que sigue creciendo, tiene una gran influencia comercial. Artículos populares en las bolsas de compras de las latinas estas navidades, incluyen decoraciones para el hogar y ropa para la familia. Ver la imagen a tamaño completo aquí. 

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