Johnson City Press: Heart Association kicks off American Heart Month with a caring reminder

Heart Association kicks off American Heart Month with a caring reminder

Sue Guinn Legg • Feb 1, 2019 at 8:34 PM

Local American Heart Association volunteers kicked off American Heart Month Friday with a donation of 560 hand-made red caps for babies born at Ballad hospitals in February.

AHA Regional Director Joette Street said the caps are a reminder for new mothers to take care of their hearts.

Part of the AHA’s nationwide Little Caps Big Heart initiative, Street said the caps are knitted and crocheted by AHA volunteers and donated to birthing facilities across the country to help women be more aware of their heart health.

Because one in three women die from heart disease, and because 80 percent of heart disease is preventable, Street said, the AHA hopes to combat the alarming statistics through education.

“Healthy diet, healthy habits, being aware of your blood pressure and cholesterol, it all ties together,” Street said. “And it starts at birth.”

To spread the word to even more women, Street said, “We hope all the moms will post pictures of their babies wearing the hats online.”

With Friday being National Go Red For Women Day — another national initiative to raise of awareness for women’s heart health — several AHA regional Go Red campaign leaders and one handsome little helper met at Niswonger Children’s Hospital Friday morning to make the large red cap donation.

Kim Hall, chair of the regional Go Red for Women Campaign said, “It’s just a way for us to help women be more aware.”

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