Newborn babies at Memorial Hospital to celebrate American Heart Month with special handmade red hats

Hats knitted and crocheted by volunteers for the American Heart Association
as part of the Little Hats, Big HeartsTM program

Volunteers for the American Heart Association will be celebrating American Heart Month by knitting  and crocheting red hats for all babies born at Memorial Hospital in February.  Memorial Hospital 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.

Scott McKinnon, President & CEO of Memorial, stated, “When our Family Birthing Center asked to be part of this program, we were quick to get on board. Heart disease is an identified chronic health issue in our community and reinforcing the need for good heart health from the earliest stage of life is an initiative worth supporting.” McKinnon is also the Chair of the NHHA Board of Trustees.

This is the first year New Hampshire hospitals are participating in the Little Hats, Big Hearts program, which provides hats to newborn babies in 34 states across the country. If you are interested in knitting or crocheting red hats please visit the American Heart Association’s website at http://www.heart.org/NHLittleHatsBigHearts

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.

For more information on Memorial Hospital and its Family Birthing Center, visit them online at http://www.memorialhospitalnh.org or call 603-356-5461.

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