Wednesday, December 3, 2003

Janome Helps Spread the Word about Heart Disease with Limited Edition HT2008 Sewing Machine

Janome Helps Spread the Word about Heart Disease with Limited Edition HT2008 Sewing Machine

February is American Heart Month and Janome America, Inc., a leading manufacturer of home sewing machines, is joining in the effort to help spread the word about heart disease, the number one cause of death among American women, through a limited edition Heart Truth sewing machine.

MAHWAH, N. J. (PRWEB) February 1, 2008

 "Janome America, Inc. and The Heart Truth campaign urge all Americans to get smart about their heart in observance of American Heart Month", says Janome executive Randy Thomas. "The HT2008 gives us a great opportunity to help spread the word about the risks of heart disease and different ways to get heart healthy."

Heart disease is responsible for the deaths of one in four women in the United States. Surprisingly, many women still do not take their risk of heart disease personally and seriously. In order to help increase awareness and educate women about their risk, Janome America, Inc. has joined forces with The Heart Truth, a national awareness campaign for women about heart disease, sponsored by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), part of the National Institutes of Health.

As a first year partner with The Heart Truth campaign, Janome has designed a limited edition sewing machine, the HT2008. Accented in red, The Heart Truth model is loaded with advanced computerized features that embody the innovation and quality for which Janome is known. Included with the machine is a brochure about The Heart Truth campaign, as well as a Red Dress Pin, the national symbol for women and heart disease awareness.

"Our partnership with Janome enables us to reach thousands of women with useful information to help them understand their risk factors and make their heart health a priority," adds Dr. Elizabeth G. Nabel, Director of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

The Heart Truth brochure featured with the HT2008 helps women identify their risk factors for heart disease, including the steps to lower their risk and how they can help spread the word to others:

-- Step 1: Learn the Heart Truth - You can learn about heart disease by visiting The Heart Truth Web page at www. hearttruth. gov. The site includes facts on heart disease, as well as tips on leading a heart-healthy life and questions to ask your doctor about risk factors for heart disease.

-- Step 2: Spread The Word - You can help spread awareness of heart disease in women by sporting a Red Dress Pin and opening up the lines of communication with other women, including close friends and family, about this important health issue.

-- Step 3: Know Your Numbers - It's important to know what numbers affect your risk of developing heart disease. Talk to your doctor about your blood pressure and cholesterol levels, your body mass index and waist circumference measurement, as well as your blood sugar levels.

-- Step 4: Learn The Risks - Risk factors for heart disease include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, smoking, being overweight and obese, being physically inactive, age and having a family history of early heart disease.

-- Step 5: Take Action - If you smoke, quit. Also, focus on maintaining a healthy weight and being more physically active. Finally, adopt a healthy eating plan and talk with your doctor about heart disease.

The HT2008 will be available at retail for approximately $399.

The Heart Truth is a national awareness campaign for women about heart disease sponsored by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), part of the National Institutes of Health, U. S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). To learn more, visit www. hearttruth. gov.

Janome America is the largest subsidiary of Janome Sewing Machine Company of Japan, which produces nearly two million sewing machines annually as well as a line of related sewing products and embroidery software. Janome is a category leader in innovation and Janome sewing machines are recognized throughout the industry for their ease-of-use and unsurpassed stitch quality. For more information, please visit: www. janome. com.