Limited-Edition Note Cards Sold to Raise
Money and Awareness for Women's Heart Disease Prevention
FRESNO, CA – Most women in the US don't
realize that heart disease is their biggest health risk.
In fact, heart disease is the number one killer of American
women, with one in three dying of the disease – a truly staggering
statistic. Multi-talented actress Jane Seymour is lending
her artistic gifts to help the California Pistachio Commission
raise awareness in the fight against women's heart disease.
Seymour has exclusively created for the California Pistachio
Commission four original paintings that will be featured
in a set of limited-edition note cards and sold throughout
2005 to support women's heart health initiatives nationwide.
“I was astounded to learn that almost nine times more women die of heart disease
than breast cancer each year,” said Seymour. “Since painting is one of my life's
passions, I was honored to be asked by the California Pistachio Commission to
create imagery that will be used to help raise money and spread awareness about
heart disease and how it can affect so many women. As a woman, daughter, sister
and mother of two girls, I realize how this issue could easily touch my own life.”
The limited-edition heart health note cards feature four unique heart-inspired
designs by Seymour including Red Tulips in a Clear Vase, Woman in a Red Dress,
Portrait of a Red Rose and Self-Portrait in Red. The set of 12 cards (three
each of the four designs) will be sold at a cost of $15 (including shipping
and handling) and shipped to US and Canadian addresses only. Those interested
in purchasing the cards can visit www.pistachios.org or www.janeseymour.com
for more information.
This spring, the California Pistachio Commission will also conduct the “Art
for Your Heart” national consumer sweepstakes with Family Circle magazine where
one lucky reader will win a limited-edition giclee print of one of Seymour's
original paintings commissioned for the women's heart health awareness campaign.
The giclee, hand signed by the artist and numbered, is valued at $1,500. Consumers
can enter the contest beginning February 15, 2005 by visiting www.familycircle.com.
The California Pistachio Commission is committed to raising awareness about
women's risk of heart disease and showcasing how pistachios can fit into a
heart-healthy diet. In 2003, the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) approved
a qualified health claim that states, “Scientific evidence suggests but does
not prove that eating 1.5 ounces per day of most nuts, such as pistachios,
as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol may reduce the risk
of heart disease.” A one-ounce serving of 49 pistachios is naturally cholesterol
free and predominantly contains heart-healthy monounsaturated fat.
The California Pistachio Commission continues to be a proud supporter of the
National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute's (NHLBI) The Heart Truth campaign
and its symbol, the Red Dress. On National Wear Red Day, the first Friday in
February each year, women and men across the country can unite in the national
movement to give women a personal and urgent wake-up call about their risk
of heart disease. The second annual National Wear Red Day will be held this
year on February 4, 2005 and will continue to showcase the Red Dress as the
national symbol for women and heart disease awareness.
“We've learned through our partnership with The Heart Truth that women do not
take their risk of heart disease seriously – or personally,” said Karen Reinecke,
President of the California Pistachio Commission. “Women often fail to make the
connection between risk factors, such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol,
and their own chance of developing heart disease. Our hope is to continue raising
awareness among women, and we are so proud and honored that Jane Seymour has
lent her support and great artistic talent to this important cause.”
For more information on the artwork of Jane Seymour, please visit www.janeseymour.com or
contact Coral Canyon Publishing For more information about women and heart
disease, please visit www.hearttruth.gov.
For more information on the health
benefits of California pistachios, please visit www.pistachios.org
More on how Jane is using her art to help the California Pistachio Commission