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When there's Big News in the Whole Grains Council, we send out a press release and post it in the press release section of this website. But every day, the momentum of whole grains moves forward in many smaller ways, which you can read about here. Come back often, and see what's new, or subscribe with our RSS feed.

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Diabetes Prevention with Whole Grains

January 2, 2013

A year ago, I shared with you my father’s diagnosis of type 2 diabetes in a blog post.  I told you how genetic predisposition was the culprit, passed down from one generation to the next, along with boxes of old photographs and quilts.  Surprising to think that a man who is careful about what he eats and gets plenty of exercise might still have to take medication to regulate his blood glucose levels. 

Oatmeal Goes Beyond Breakfast

December 6, 2012

Now, most of you know me as the Whole Grains Council resident quinoa eater/fanatic but allow me to let you in on a little secret: when I’m not munching on quinoa chocolate, quinoa cookies, quinoa chicken fingers … (you get the picture), I’m eating oatmeal. A big steaming bowl of oatmeal. Sometimes with a handful of blueberries, sometimes with a little banana or a scoop of peanut butter. My day doesn’t start until I’ve got that rib-sticking, warm, chewy, hearty bowl of happiness in my belly. But that’s where it ends: at the breakfast table…until now that is!

Canada and Mexico Promote Whole Grains

November 28, 2012

The Whole Grain Stamp is now being used in 36 countries, with the United States, Canada and Mexico as the top three users of this popular international symbol.

Two new advances this week, from our North American neighbors to the north and south, will contribute greatly to keeping the momentum going for more healthy whole grains.

Kudos to Canada and Mexico! Both countries have shown their dedication to the whole grain cause by finding new ways to educate their citizens about the importance of whole grains.

Canada: The Healthy Grains Institute

Canadians have launched a new venture called the Healthy Grains Institute (or, in French, l’Institut des Céréales Saines), to promote whole grains. As they told us by email, 

Show-Stopping Whole Grain Stuffing and more!

November 15, 2012

What’s Thanksgiving without stuffing?   Why, it’s not a holiday at all.  That’s what my kids would say.  They don’t care about the turkey – they want stuffing!  It doesn’t even have to be the same recipe; I’ve tried a few and found it doesn’t matter whether it’s cornbread or whole wheat bread, with sausage or without.  They’ll eat it all! 

Fall Baking...Whole Grain Style!

November 9, 2012

As the temperature drops here at the Whole Grains Council headquarters in Boston I’ve got one thing on my mind: baking. With the change of seasons comes wonderful autumnal flavors like pumpkin, cinnamon, and apples (just to name a few!) and I was inspired by these warm, cozy flavors to whip up some treats!

National Whole Grain Day in Denmark

October 29, 2012

What a delight to receive an update from our friends who run the Whole Grain Partnership in Denmark – and to learn that our Duck Boat trip around Boston encouraged them to drive all around Denmark passing out whole grain samples. Here's a guest blog about this recent event, from Rikke Iben Neess, Campaign Leader.

Inspired by the National Whole Grain Sampling Day organized by the Whole Grains Council, we just celebrated our first National Whole Grain Day in Denmark October 24th. We wanted to give as many people as possible a good taste experience with wholegrain, increase their knowledge of our logo and campaign, and encourage even more Danes to eat more whole grain.

WGC Conference Highlights

October 25, 2012

The WGC Team is back from San Antonio and all fired after up after an amazing conference! The Whole Grains on Every Plate conference is our sixth such event to date and we packed the program with interesting, informative and inspirational content. In attendance were the movers and shakers of science, journalism and manufacturing, all there to share and learn from one another. I am so pleased with the outcome and am already seeing the ripple effects.

While I’m still recovering from the sheer exhaustion of putting on this incredible event, I am also energized by the collaborative efforts of every attendee to make the most of our brief time together. To give you a sense of what it was like, I have jotted down my highlights here for you.

Take Your Parents to Lunch Day Oct. 17

October 15, 2012

If you’re the parent of school-age kids, you’ve no doubt heard by now about higher nutrition standards in school lunches that took effect at the beginning of this school year. Now’s your chance to find out just what’s happening in your local school cafeteria: Wednesday October 17 is National “Take Your Parents to Lunch” Day at schools across the U.S.A. In fact, it’s National School Lunch Week all this week.

You can check out the details on the official website at the link above, where you can also download tools that will give you background information for talking to your school lunch program managers when you stop by the school. (Make sure to check with your school first, because your school may be inviting parents on a different date – or may not yet be on board, in which case you can be the one to help plan for next year!)

The Great Popcorn-Potato Chip Experiment!

October 10, 2012

 A few months ago, I blogged about popcorn being the perfect snack and now I have some great news for you: popcorn may not only be the perfect healthy and delicious snack but it’s even more satisfying than that other snack time favorite – potato chips! 

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