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Kagome Partners With Raise the Hope to Fight Heart Disease

Female Triathletes Participate to Maintain Active Lifestyle, Eat Right and

Improve Overall Heart-Health

SEATTLE, March 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Top-rated Japanese vegetable and fruit producer Kagome, has partnered with Raise the Hope to educate female triathletes on the benefits of proper nutrition and exercise to prevent heart disease among women. The partnership encourages participating athletes to increase their daily serving of fruits and vegetables and ultimately reduce the risk factors associated with heart disease.

"Most Americans don't realize that heart disease is the number one killer of women in our country," said Heather Nakamura, M.P.E., M.S., R.D., exercise physiologist and nutrition consultant for Winning Nutrition. "According to the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, consuming more than nine servings of fruits and vegetables per day may help to reduce your risk for cardiovascular disease and stroke."

The Raise the Hope program was developed in 2007, by Raise the Bar, a triathlon training and racing forum for men and women in the Seattle area and The Hope Heart Institute, a research and education non-profit dedicated to the battle against America's No. 1 killer, heart disease.

The 22 female athletes participating in the Raise the Hope program are between the ages of 30 to 50 years old and demonstrate two or more risk factors of cardio-vascular disease, such as elevated weight, high blood pressure or a history of heart disease. Members meet regularly for team workouts, nutritional discussions and Northwest triathlete events.

The 2008 program kicked-off in January with The Hope Heart Institute testing each participant for heart disease risk factors. The women will be tested again to determine heart-health improvements upon completion of the program in September.

"Fruits and vegetables are paramount to heart health and they're naturally filling so they help minimize overeating and keep weight down," said Patty Swedberg, owner of Raise the Bar and an elite triathlete. "Kagome juices are an easy, nutritious solution for our athletes who want to incorporate more fruits and vegetables into their diet as a quick grab-and-go idea or mixed in with a smoothie."

The Hope Heart Institute recommends selecting colorful foods to ensure that the body receives a proper balance of its nutritional needs. A diet that includes a variety of color is most often a diet that is rich in key nutrients. Fruits and vegetables are a natural choice when eating for color.

For more than 100 years, Kagome has prepared nutritious food for the people of Japan. Kagome natural juice blends feature as many as 13 kinds of fruits and vegetables in one drink. Each eight ounce glass of Kagome juice provides one full serving of vegetables and one full serving of fruits to your diet. As an easy way to boost fruit and vegetable intake, juices can be mixed with fruit and yogurt to create a variety of tasty smoothies.

Kagome Peachy Mango Smoothie

1 cup Kagome Yellow Mango Orchard

1 ripe banana

3/4 cup frozen peaches

3/4 cup crushed ice

Kagome natural juices are available at various U.S. retailers and online. Visit for more information, smoothie recipes and to sign up for the Kagome Live True e-newsletter.

About Kagome

Founded in 1899 by Ichitaro Kanie, a Japanese pioneer in tomato cultivation, Kagome has grown to become the largest producer of tomato products in Japan and has extended its selection of products to include a variety of natural fruit and vegetable juices. Available in retail stores across the United States, Kagome juices offer true to nature taste and true to nature nutritional value. For information about Kagome products or to order online, go to

About Raise the Bar

Created in 2004, Raise the Bar has inspired men and women through its triathlon training and events in the Northwest region. The Raise the Bar triathlon team is a unique Pacific Northwest Community of men and women who have taken on the sport of triathlon because of the enriching value it adds to their lives. For more information, please visit:

About the Hope Heart Institute

The Hope Heart Institute is dedicated to serving humanity in the fight against America's No. 1 killer, heart disease. Our research and education programs impact nearly 5 million people a month. We were founded in Seattle nearly 50 years ago by Dr. Lester Sauvage, a world-renowned cardiovascular surgeon and a pioneer of bypass graft surgery. The Hope continues the legacy of his work through today's top cardiologists, scientists, and educators. For more, visit

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