Forrest General to Celebrate American Heart Month with Special Handmade Red Hats for Newborn Babies
Hats knitted and crocheted by volunteers for the American Heart Association as part of the Little Hats, Big HeartsTM Campaign
Volunteers for the American Heart Association are celebrating American Heart Month by knitting and crocheting red hats for all babies born at Forrest General Hospital in February. Forrest General is participating in the Association’s Little Hats, Big Hearts program, which raises awareness of heart disease, the number one killer of Americans, and congenital heart defects, the most common type of birth defect in the country.
“We love being a part of Little Hats, Big Hearts every year. It’s a great way to start a conversation with parents about heart health, for themselves and for their new babies. Living a heart healthy lifestyle plays an important role throughout life, we do anything we can to make parents more aware from the very beginning,” said Tangela Jackson, director, Women and Children’s Services.
This is the fourth year of the Little Hats, Big Hearts program, which provides hats to newborn babies in several states across the country. For more information on the program, visit the American Heart Association’s website at www.heart.org/LittleHatsBigHearts. To learn more about Women and Children’s Services at Forrest General, visit forrestgeneral.com.
American Heart Month is an annual celebration in February that began in 1963 to encourage Americans to join the battle against heart disease. A presidential proclamation pays tribute each year to researchers, physicians, public health professionals and volunteers for their tireless efforts in preventing, treating and researching heart disease.
ABOUT THE AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION
Founded in 1924, we’re the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary health organization dedicated to building healthier lives, free of heart disease and stroke. To help prevent, treat and defeat these diseases — America’s No. 1 and No. 5 killers — we fund cutting-edge research, conduct lifesaving public and professional educational programs, and advocate to protect public health. To learn more or join us in helping all Americans, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or visit americanheart.org.
Caption: Baby Journey celebrates American Heart Month with her new red hat.