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Sustain with Whole Grain

September is National Whole Grains Month

The Whole Grains Council research shows that eating whole grains versus refined grains reduces the risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer, and obesity. The Whole Grains Council is a non-profit consumer advocacy group made up of millers, chefs, industry leaders, and others dedicated to increasing consumption of whole grains for better health.

According to www.oldwayspt.org, whole grains are grains such as wheat, corn, rice, oats, barley, quinoa, sorghum, spelt, and rye that are

eaten in their “whole” form. A whole grain seed consists of three parts: bran, germ, and endosperm.

The bran is the tough outer shell. The germ is the grain’s embryo which will sprout a new plant if fertilized. The endosperm is the germ’s food. When eaten all together, a whole grain is a good source of protein, fiber, many B vitamins, and healthy fats.

The bottom line is that whole grains are really good for you.

Look for the words “whole wheat” to purchase food containing whole grains. A distinctive yellow and black “Whole Grain” stamp graces

many “whole wheat” products. A label that simply says “wheat” is likely a refined grain.

General Mills has improved its line of cereals to include healthy whole grains. Even Lucky Charms cereal now has an increased nutritional value.

You can always search the internet for more information about whole grains. Type in “National Whole Grains Month” and you will be on your way to learning more about healthy whole grains.

HRD Quiz: FACT or MYTH answers...from page 2

  • 1.

    FACT. Access the website at: http://washttp1/SupervisorInquiry/

  • 2.

    MYTH. The MERP was recently rescinded so the policy that “All new positions must be posted” is no longer valid. Supervisors have the option of filling a new position with a current, regular status employee or posting the position. Call your Hiring Specialist for more details.

  • 3.

    FACT. HRD will start moving the week of September 21, 2009. Please plan your HR-related needs accordingly.

  • 4.

    MYTH. The MERP was recently rescinded and the corresponding policies and processes are changing. Call your HR Compensation and Hiring Representative for more details.

5. FACT. Anytime an employee drives a personal vehicle for work purposes (e.g., from one Casino to another Casino) car insurance is required. Supervisor Inquiry lists employee’s driving information (e.g., is their insurance up-to-date). Contact your HR Specialist regarding certifying a driver.

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