SOURCE: Mrs. Dash

Mrs. Dash

March 05, 2009 10:02 ET

The Race Against Heart Disease Is Running Strong

With Less Than a Month Left, There's Still Time to Join the Virtual Mrs. Dash Women's Heart Health Dash

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwire - March 5, 2009) - Always aiming to exercise more or set new health goals, but can't find the time? You're in luck, because you can still get started -- virtually -- in the Mrs. Dash Women's Heart Health Dash. Now through March 31, 2009, you can still join in the Mrs. Dash Women's Heart Health Dash, an online race across America, at www.mrsdash.com, to raise awareness about heart disease, the leading cause of death for women in the U.S.*, and receive chances to win great prizes!

Visitors can log on to share their heart-healthy stories and activities. Each action equals one mile in the Women's Heart Health Dash and supports Mrs. Dash's donation to WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease, the only national organization solely dedicated to advancing women's heart health through advocacy, community education and patient support.

"At the beginning of the virtual race in February, Heart Health Month, the goal was to reach 12,000 miles, which equals four times across the country or the distance blood travels through the body each day -- and with less than a month to go that goal has been surpassed," said Brittanie Stewart, from Mrs. Dash Salt-Free Seasoning Blends. "With more than 28,000 participants to date, we are well on our way to traveling three times the distance blood circulates through the body each day, for a good cause."

In addition to inspiring others with personal heart-health stories, each day people share their heart-healthy moments at www.mrsdash.com -- whether it's taking up a heart-healthy hobby like bowling or walking (Barbara, Wildomar, Calif.) or including more fresh vegetables in your diet (Danielle, Washington, D.C.) -- they are entered into the Women's Heart Health Dash sweepstakes for a chance to win one Grand Prize Spa Vacation for two at Red Mountain Resort & Spa in St. George, Utah.

"There are as many as 44 million women in the U.S. living with or at risk of heart disease," said Lisa M. Tate, CEO of WomenHeart. "This important support from Mrs. Dash helps WomenHeart continue its work to advocate, educate and support women with heart disease through our unique programs, and helps us encourage more women to join WomenHeart to learn about heart-healthy living."

Weekly prizes will also be given away through the end of March, including heart-healthy Mrs. Dash gift-packs and $100 gift cards. A map will track the miles logged by visitors sharing their personal heart-health actions. Come back every day, because each heart-healthy tip supports the Mrs. Dash donation to WomenHeart, up to $15,000.

"Mrs. Dash is committed to helping people make heart-healthy lifestyle choices, starting at the dinner table," said Ms Stewart. "We are proud to support the vital work of WomenHeart and are excited about everyone who has joined in, and we encourage others to participate in the Mrs. Dash Women's Heart Health Dash to help get closer to the finish line in the race to prevent and fight heart disease among women."

Visit www.mrsdash.com to join the Women's Heart Health Dash and to find recipes, tips and product information for a heart-healthy lifestyle. To enter the Mrs. Dash Women's Heart Health Dash online sweepstakes and review the official rules, log on to www.mrsdash.com, through March 31, 2009, and follow the directions to share your heart-healthy tips. Log on and share a tip as often as you'd like (one entry per day per person into the Grand Prize and weekly prize drawings).

About Mrs. Dash

Mrs. Dash Seasoning Blends are available in 13 different varieties that add flavor to everything from seafood to salad and meat to mixed vegetables. Mrs. Dash® Marinades are the first fast-acting marinade sauces that are also salt-free and flavor-full. And like all seasonings from Mrs. Dash®, the Marinades are made with a blend of 14 herbs and spices and a touch of real fruit essence and contain no MSG. For more information about Mrs. Dash® and recipes, please visit www.mrsdash.com.

The Alberto-Culver Company (NYSE: ACV) is a global manufacturer, marketer and distributor of personal care products with sales worldwide in more than 100 countries. It includes such leading brands as Alberto VO5®, St. Ives®, TRESemmé® and Nexxus® Salon Hair Care. Its Pro-Line® International unit is the second-largest producer in the world of products for the ethnic hair care market with leading brands including Just For Me®, Motions® and Soft & Beautiful®. To learn more about Alberto-Culver and its brands, visit www.alberto.com.

About WomenHeart

WomenHeart is the only national, patient-centered organization dedicated to advancing women's heart health through advocacy, community education and patient support. A nonprofit advocacy organization, WomenHeart is a community of women heart patients and their families, health care providers, advocates and consumers committed to helping women live longer, healthier lives. To learn more about the Mayo Symposium and WomenHeart visit the Web site at www.womenheart.org.

*Source: WomenHeart/The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease

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