Cleveland suburb promoting caffeine awareness

SHAKER HEIGHTS, Ohio - The mayor of the Cleveland suburb of Shaker Heights drinks a cup-and-a-half of coffee a day, but that didn't stop her from issuing a proclamation declaring March as National Caffeine Awareness Month.

The move was prompted by a New York nonprofit group that promotes a soybean-based coffee substitute. The proclamation says that caffeine is linked to heart disease, central nervous system disorders and some cancers.

According to the Mayo Clinic, moderate caffeine consumption doesn't pose a threat.

The proclamation didn't please Rick Sheehan, who owns a coffee shop.

And Rawson says she'll look more closely at requests after learning the Caffeine Awareness Alliance could have something to gain from the proclamation, although she says the message was a worthy one.

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