Local Yarn Store and Dentist Come Together to Stick It to Heart Disease With Unique Knitting Event - Knit Night to Educate Women About Tie Between Oral and Systemic Well-being

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Reno, Nev. (January 24, 2012) - Jimmy Beans Wool, a local retailer of yarn and fabric with a strong online presence, and Dr. Zeny N. Ocean, a Reno dentist specializing in total body health through dentistry, are coming together to educate women about their risk factors for heart disease and how they can adopt healthier lifestyles to protect their heart health. The free event, Stitch Red Knit Night, marks the first in a series of monthly Heart Health knitting events to be hosted at Jimmy Beans Wool's brick and mortar store located at 1312 Capital Blvd. #103 in Southeast Reno and will take place on Tuesday, February 7th at 6pm.

The Stitch Red Knit Night is part of a national campaign, Stitch Red, which was founded by Jimmy Beans Wool and is supported by a majority of manufacturers and retailers in the Needlearts Industry. The campaign is driving efforts to draw attention to heart disease, help women understand the risk factors for the disease and encourage the adoption of healthier lifestyles so they can protect their heart health.

"Heart disease is the number one killer of women in the United States and the Needlearts industry is made up of 98% women, so we need to draw attention to this deadly illness and help make the fiber community and women everywhere aware of their risks and informed on how to lead healthier lives," said Laura Zander, Owner of Jimmy Beans Wool.

Dr. Ocean focuses his dental practice on encouraging optimal overall health for his patients through prime oral hygiene. He has studied the links between dental health and heart disease and is adamant about educating people about how they can help prevent the illness with simple tips like flossing every day and strengthening the immune system through proper oral hygiene. "There are hundreds of types of bacteria that live in the mouth, which can enter directly into the bloodstream and greatly increase the risk for a heart attack," said Ocean. "Flossing is one simple, key way to help prevent the transfer of bacteria into circulation - you can be extremely fit and healthy, but if you have poor oral health, your chance of getting heart disease is much greater."

Attendees of the Stitch Red Knit Night will be able to preview and purchase official Stitch Red products for which a percentage of gross profits will benefit the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) in support of The Heart Truth®, a national awareness campaign for women about heart disease, sponsored by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). For more information about the Stitch Red Knit Night and to reserve your spot, please call 775-827-9276 or email info@stitchred.com.

About Stitch Red
Stitch Red is supported by a majority of manufacturers and vendors in the Needlearts industry who are creating unique "Stitch Red" products for which 5% of gross profits will benefit the FNIH in support of The Heart Truth®, a national awareness campaign for women about heart disease, sponsored by the NHLBI. Additionally, Jimmy Beans Wool has written a book, Knit Red, which features 30 celebrity designers sharing patterns and personal stories and will be released in June of 2012. Another element of the campaign is a monthly "Stitch Red Knit Night" that will be hosted by Jimmy Beans Wool at its retail center in Reno, Nevada, along with other local yarn shops across the country. Five percent of gross profits from Knit Red and "Stitch Red Knit Night" will also benefit FNIH in support of The Heart Truth®.

About Jimmy Beans Wool
Founded in 2002 by Laura Zander, aka "Jimmy," and Doug Zander, Jimmy Beans Wool is a brick and mortar and Internet yarn and fabric superstore. It offers knitters, crocheters and sewers worldwide a comprehensive selection of the finest yarns and fabrics along with the latest fashion trends. Headquartered in Reno, Nevada, the store has been awarded an excellent rating from StellaService for their excellent customer service reputation and has been named three times to the Inc. 5000, Inc. Magazine's List of Fastest Growing Private Companies in the U.S. It has also been featured on CNN, NPR, Forbes and in the New York Times.

About The Heart Truth® Campaign
The Heart Truth® is a national awareness campaign for women about heart disease and is sponsored by the NHLBI, part of the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Through the campaign, the NHLBI leads the nation in a landmark heart health awareness movement that is being embraced by millions who share the common goal of better heart health for all women.

The centerpiece of The Heart Truth is the Red Dress, which was introduced as the national symbol for women and heart disease awareness in 2002 by the NHLBI. The Red Dress reminds women of the need to protect their heart health, and inspires them to take action. To learn more, visit www.hearttruth.gov.

® The Heart Truth and The Red Dress are registered trademarks of HHS. Participation by Jimmy Beans Wool, Dr. Ocean and Stitch Red partners does not imply endorsement by HHS/NIH/NHLBI.
 
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