Health & Wellness

Little Hats, Big Hearts, at Hunterdon Medical Center

e02c5065422d0030b6ab_ffed7648056bca0dec1c_hmc_red_hats__2592_x_1728_.jpg
Michael and Hayley Vignoli with their daughter Aurora Gabrielle, born at 4:05 a.m. Feb. 1. Aurora weighed 8 lbs 6 oz and was 20.5 inches long. Credits: courtesy Hunterdon Medical Center
e02c5065422d0030b6ab_ffed7648056bca0dec1c_hmc_red_hats__2592_x_1728_.jpg

RARITAN TWP., NJ - Staff at Hunterdon Medical Center is excited to be a part of the American Heart Association’s Little Hats, Big Hearts program this year.

The American Heart Association is raising awareness about family heart health and congenital heart defects, the most common type of birth defect in the country, with support from The Children’s Heart Foundation. This effort aims to empower new moms to take charge of their own wellbeing while creating a healthy lifestyle for the entire family.

As part of the Little Hats, Big Hearts program, babies born at Hunterdon Medical Center received a beautiful handmade, knitted or crocheted red hat, as well as a kit full of heart-healthy information for mom and baby. Each mom received a health packet which included tips on raising a healthy family, ways mom can take care of herself, heart-healthy recipes and information on children’s heart health.

Sign Up for E-News

In New Jersey alone, 3,500 kits were handed out across the state. Congenital heart defects are structural problems with the heart present at birth. They result when a mishap occurs during heart development soon after conception and often before the mother is aware that she is pregnant. Defects range in severity from simple problems, such as "holes" between chambers of the heart, to very severe malformations, such as complete absence of one or more chambers or valves. According to the American Heart Association, it’s possible to fix most congenital heart defects and there are an estimated 2 million CHD survivors in the United States.

Hunterdon Medical Center and the American Heart Association hope to spread awareness to moms and families during February, American Heart Month, about heart health and a healthy family lifestyle.

The Little Hats, Big Hearts program started in Chicago in 2014 and has expanded to more than 40 states. Since 2016, nearly 5,800 hats have been distributed in the Garden State. For more information about the Little Hats, Big Heart program in NJ, visit www.heart.org/littlehatsbighearts.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Flemington/Raritan

Upcoming Events

Fri, February 23, 12:00 PM

Hunterdon Central High School Commons, Flemington

Hunterdon Rotary Soup Cook Off

Food & Drink

Tue, February 27, 8:30 AM

Raritan Learning Cooperative, Flemington

Raritan Learning Cooperative Open House

Education

AtlantiCast

AtlantiCast: Episode 12

On this week’s episode of AtlantiCast, decade of excellence makes headlines, as Atlantic Health’s place on Fortune Magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For List leads off the newest episode of AtlantiCast. Also on this week’s show, check out the newest “hybrid” operating room at Morristown Medical Center and find out how Atlantic Health is helping local ...

AtlantiCast Medical Minute: Atlantic Orthopedic Institute’s Scoliosis and Spinal Deformity Center

On this episode of the AtlantiCast Medical Minute, we’ll take you inside the Atlantic Orthopedic Institute’s Scoliosis and Spinal Deformity Center, with the center’s director, Jason Lowenstein, MD.

Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1M7euCp86-c

Uneducated Educators Interfere with Students’ Choice

February 23, 2018

To the editor:

I commend high school students around Hunterdon County for planning 17-minute walk-outs on March 14 in support of the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida. This is an example of young citizens thinking for themselves and taking coordinated political action – a time-honored and respected duty of any thoughtful, responsible American citizen.

The ...

Medical Herbalist to Speak in Tewksbury March 6

February 23, 2018

TEWKSBURY, NJ - The Woman's Club of Tewksbury Township will host Tami Bronstein on Tuesday, March 6, at the Oldwick Manor, behind the firehouse in Oldwick. Coffee will be served at 9 a.m. followed by the meeting and the program. 

Bronstein is a qualified  Medical Herbalist through BSc at the University of Wales, England, with post-graduate work alongside Medical Doctors ...