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Little Hats, Big Hearts AHA Campaign at Jefferson's New Jersey Maternity Unit

February 1, 2019

Jefferson Health in New Jersey is excited to be part of the American Heart Association’s (AHA) Little Hats, Big Hearts™  program again this year.

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

In recognition of American Heart Month (February), and as part of the Little Hats, Big Hearts program, babies born at Jefferson Washington Township Hospital will receive a beautiful handmade, knitted or crocheted red hat, as well as a kit with heart-healthy information for mom and baby.

In New Jersey alone, over 6,700 kits are expected to be handed out across the state, almost double the amount distributed in 2018. Little Hats, Big Hearts also ties in with Congenital Heart Defect (CHD) Awareness Week, which begins February 7th.

Jefferson Washington Township Hospital and the AHA hope to spread awareness to moms and families during February 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. More than 10,000 hats have been distributed in the Garden State since 2016. For more information, visit

Pictured above: Here, new parents Marisa and Robert Manz, of Swedesboro, NJ, pose with their newborn son, James, who is wearing a handmade red hat as part of the Little Hats, Big Hearts program. James was delivered by Dr. Jennifer Hummel at Jefferson Washington Township Hospital on January 28th.