Upcoming Events

Sat Jun 01 @12:00AM
Taste of Barbados
Sat Jun 08 @ 6:00PM - 11:00PM
Jamaica Annual Family Dinner (Seniors Dinner)
Tue Jun 11 @ 7:00PM - 09:00PM
Caribbean Community Health Support Group
Sun Jun 16 @ 8:00AM - 05:00PM
St. Vincents - Grenadine Father's Day Brunch
Tue Jun 18 @ 7:00PM - 09:00PM
BCOCCA Board Meeting

BCOCCA President - Neville Thomas

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As President of British Columbia Organization of Caribbean Cultural Associations, I am grateful for the opportunity to work on behalf of the Caribbean Community to identify and execute Community Building initiatives which embrace BCOCCA'S mandate.



Slash your diabetes risk in HALF before 9 a.m.

Controlling your blood sugar can sap a lot of the fun out of mealtime.

Once he catches a whiff of all those steamed veggies and sugar-free desserts (what's the point?), even your dog won't be begging for table scraps anymore!

If you ever wished that managing blood sugar -- and preventing full-blown diabetes -- didn't have to taste so terrible, your ship has finally come in.

Because there's a delicious miracle drink that can cut your diabetes risk in half and even shield your brain from memory loss.

No, it's not some gritty powdered shake -- or one of those veggie juices you make at home that comes out some shade of radioactive green.

I'm talking about your simple 9 a.m. mug of morning coffee.

And a 10-year study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that people who drank at least a cup and a half of coffee a day cut their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by an impressive 54 percent.

How's that possible? Well, lots of the conversation on type 2 diabetes focuses on blood sugar and insulin. But research has proven that there's a strong link between inflammation and diabetes as well.

And coffee is one of the most powerful inflammation fighters around. In fact, researchers found that folks who drank the most coffee had the lowest levels of serum amyloid -- a key marker of inflammation in your body.

And a regular coffee habit will shield you from a lot more than diabetes. Another new study -- this one out of Italy, where they love their coffee
-- found that people who drank one or two cups a day experienced less cognitive decline.

That means fewer of those embarrassing "senior moments" where you can't remember where you parked the car or mix up the grandkids' names.

Scientists believe the caffeine in coffee can actually protect your brain against rogue proteins that build up and contribute to memory loss.

I can't tell you how many patients I've treated over the years who were afraid to drink coffee. They've been told their whole lives that it's some unhealthy vice.

But the evidence is in, and coffee is a certified super food. Coffee has more natural antioxidants than broccoli, grapes and even blueberries. And those antioxidants help to fight free radicals, slow down aging and even strengthen your immune system.

Even the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, which makes nutrition recommendations for the entire country, is now promoting the remarkable health benefits of coffee.

So the next time you visit your favorite coffeehouse, you might want to put a little extra cash into the barista's tip jar.

Sure, he's charging you $5 for a small latte -- but that guy in the apron may be adding quality years to your life.

To Your Health,

Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld, M.D.

Monthly Meeting of BCOCCA Directors

7:00 PM, 3rd Tuesday, each month

Metrotown Community Meeting Room

4650 Kingsway, Burnaby, BC


Our Vision

"British Columbia Organization of Caribbean Cultural Associations (BCOCCA) is a Leading Advocacy Linkage Community Awareness Umbrella Organization consistently providing reliable and dependable Programs and Initiatives for its Members."