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Cost-of-Living Adjustment

An increase to a wage, salary, or pension designed so that the real value remains the same. That is, a cost-of-living adjustment increases the underlying wage, salary, or pension so that it keeps pace with (but does not run ahead of) inflation. Federal pensions and Social Security include cost-of-living adjustments, though few other pensions do.

Cost-of-living adjustment (COLA).

A COLA results in a wage or benefit increase that is designed to help you keep pace with increased living costs that result from inflation.

COLAs are usually pegged to increases in the consumer price index (CPI). Federal government pensions, some state pensions, and Social Security are usually adjusted annually, but only a few private pensions provide COLAs.


(pronounced like the beverage) See cost-of-living adjustment.

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Leisure manager Andrea Smith set Ellie the challenge of reducing her diet cola intake and increasing her water consumption.
A common recommendation during oral health education is to switch to diet cola beverages, and thus reduce risk for decay.
have introduced new diet colas in an appeal to consumers looking for more healthful beverage choices.
My report includes one hypertensive patient who had a complete heart block within hours after consuming his first diet cola.
Our study finds that the Diet Cola should be removed from the vending machine as it received the lowest percentage and should be replaced by Coca-Cola that received the highest percentage.
In a comparison study of fluid retention after exercise in athletes who consumed diet cola, water, or carbohydrate electrolyte solution, fluid retention was greatest in those who consumed carbohydrate electrolyte solution (69%), followed by those who consumed water (64%) and diet cola (54%) (Int.
And to mix my own metaphors (in order to make a dramatic point later), are you really doing yourself a favour by drinking a diet cola alongside massive amounts of high calorie food?
Though he did say the next addition will be a diet cola.
To test the cola theory, researchers led by reproductive endocrinologist Samuel Smith at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore assessed the effects of a popular diet cola on bone density in rats, reasoning that many women opt for such low-calorie sodas.
In marketing soft drinks he pointed out that blacks' buying preferences are very different from whites--African Americans consume as much as 42 percent of orange and grape flavors, but only 8 percent of diet cola drinks.