Saline Health System Participates in American Heart Association’s Little Hats, Big Hearts™
This month Saline Health System is providing small red knit caps to new babies and their families. The caps are thanks to the American Heart Association’s Little Hats Big Hearts program. Along with a knit cap for the new baby, parents will receive information about the importance of starting healthy habits at a young age. The initiative is in connection with the Children’s Heart Foundation and locally sponsored by Delta Dental of Arkansas.
Congenital heart defects are the most common birth defect of babies born in the United States, impacting eight in every 1,000 babies. Volunteer knitters across the state provided the crochet and knit caps.
“We are excited that to join the American Heart Association to help spread the word about congenital heart defects,” said Katie Lea, Chief Nursing Officer at Saline Health System. “We hope to empower new moms to take charge of their own wellbeing while creating a healthy lifestyle for their entire family.”
“Heart disease is 80 percent preventable – and the best way to do that is by teaching children heart-healthy habits as early as possible. We are truly grateful for our volunteer knitters, our hospitals who are distributing the hats, and for Delta Dental of Arkansas for supporting this wonderful cause,” says Joyce Taylor Executive Director of the Central Arkansas American Heart Association.
In addition to Saline Health System, facilities in Little Rock, Batesville, Benton, Camden, Hot Springs, Jonesboro, Mena, Newport, Paragould, Russellville, Searcy, El Dorado, Pine Bluff, Monticello, Stuttgart, Mountain Home, and Conway are also participating in the program.
Little Hats, Big Hearts™ started in Chicago in 2014. From just 300 little hats in the first year, the program has now embraced hundreds of thousands of babies across more than 40 states.
For more information about Women and infant services at Saline Health System, visit salinememorial.org.