Virtua Mother-Baby Unit Gives for American Heart Month

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A bunch of little hats are making a big difference by raising awareness for heart health.

On Wednesday, February 7th, Little Hats, Big Hearts stopped by the Virtua Health Hospital in Voorhees to hand out heart-healthy kits and hand-knitted hats to mothers and babies in the hospital's mother-baby unit in honor of American Heart Month.

In addition to Heart Month, it is also Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week and officials say making sure new and expecting mothers are familiar with the heart and heart diseases is key so they can take the right steps to prevent and treat them.

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"We're thrilled to be able to give kits away to our moms to really raise awareness about congenital heart defects and the importance of heart health and taking care of yourself throughout your lifetime," said Lauren Ochs, assistant vice president for Women and Children Service at Virtua Health Hospital.

"The earlier that we can educate moms about the importance of healthy heart habits, the better for the mom and the better for the baby."

All month, Little Hats, Big Hearts will be handing out 3,600 hearth healthy kits across New Jersey alone.

Each kit includes heart-healthy recipes, tips for mothers about how to take care of themselves, information about children’s heart health, and those tiny little hats made with a whole lot of love by local volunteers.

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