Living Well In Yalobusha County

September Is Whole Grains Month

By Pamela Redwine

Adult Sewing Volunteers Needed!!!!  
We have the machines and we have the kids now all we need is YOU!
We are trying to start a 4-H Sewing Club. We need adults who can sew to help with this club. If you are an adult who can sew and you want to find out more about this or if you would like to help, please attend an interest/organizational meeting on Monday, September 23, at 4 p.m. at the Extension Office Located inside the Multi-Purpose Building in Coffeeville.
You can also  contact me at 675-2730 or pamelar@ext. for more information.

Upcoming 4-H Meeting
Our next 4-H meeting for both the older group (ages 10-18) and the clover buds (ages 5-9) will be Thursday, September 19 at 4 p.m.  Please remember that we will be collecting pet care items to donate to the Oxford Lafayette Human Society.  
We will also start collecting items to make our sun catchers for the nursing home. Items we will need include: translucent pony beads in variety of colors, silver floral or jewelry wire, medium size metal cookie cutters in variety of shapes (we can just borrow these) and small to medium size suction cups with hooks.
4-H Day @Mississippi State Fair
The Mississippi State Fair will be held in Jackson, October 2-13. As a thank you to all our 4-H volunteers, 4-H members and their immediate families, Saturday, October 12 is being observed as 4-H Day.    
All 4-H volunteers, members and their immediate families can get in free on October 12 from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m!  You do have to have a ticket and you can get your free ticket by contacting me at the Extension office by September 27.
Exercise Classes
The Healthy You Exercise class meets every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9 a.m. The class is free and is open to the public. Please wear cool comfortable clothes, good walking shoes and bring water to drink. We have started a new video and we are using light weights (1, 2 or 3 pounds). Weights are optional, and you can still get a good workout not using the weights. The nurse will be here on Wednesday, September 11 at 8:50 a.m. to take blood pressure and glucose. This is a free service for all Healthy You participants.
Burlap Wreath Workshop
On Tuesday, October 15, we will offer a burlap wreath workshop from 6 -8 p.m.. The cost is $10 and will cover all of the supplies for a basic burlap wreath.  Please make checks payable to MSU-ES.  Payment must be received to be considered registered for the class.  Space is limited and the class is filling up fast! Call 675-2730 for more information.
September is Whole Grains Month
When I grocery shop I like to read labels, but labels can be deceiving.  How do you know if what you are eating is really whole grain.
And what is a whole grain anyway?
The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend making half of the grains you eat whole, which means a person eating 2,000 calories per day needs to eat at least 48 grams of whole grain a day! So right now during Whole Grains Month let’s review exactly what makes a grain whole.
Grains are divided into two subgroups: whole grains and refined grains. Whole grains contain the entire kernel — the bran, germ and endosperm. The bran and the germ of a grain supply most of the fiber, but when a grain is refined only the endosperm remains. So a refined-grain product loses most of its fiber and other important nutrients and phytonutrients.
Buying whole-grain products can be tricky because a label can read “Made with whole grains,” but only have a small amount of whole grain. Labels can also read “100 percent wheat” but that doesn’t mean it is 100 percent whole wheat. Here are some tips when shopping for whole grains:
• Does a product label claim a link between whole grains and a reduced risk for heart disease or some cancers? If so, the food must contain at least 51 percent whole grain.
• Read the ingredient list. Is the first ingredient on it whole grain? The first ingredient on the list is always the greatest amount in the food.
• Look for the voluntary Whole Grain Stamp on some labels indicating whether one serving of the food contains at least 8 grams of whole grain.

Article Source: Adapted from: http://www.eatright .org/Public/content.aspx?id=6442477874

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