Little Hats, Big Hearts program spreads the love to newborns

Area newborns are feeling a little more comfortable in their recovery rooms. It's all in the name of living a heart-healthy lifestyle.

Posted: Feb 6, 2018 4:01 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Area newborns are feeling a little more comfortable in their recovery rooms. It's all in the name of living a heart-healthy lifestyle.


The American Heart Association visited Franciscan Health Lafayette Hospital give to out hand knitted hats. The Little Hats, Big Hearts campaign reminds new parents of the importance of a healthy diet and exercise. The campaign began four years ago in Fort Wayne with 200 caps. Now more than four-thousand hats are given out in more than 40 states.

Parents Annie Selak and Matt Hoelle said they already exercise on a regular basis. They plan to pass that habit to their new daughter Francis.

"I don't know if we'll have much of a choice. She's going to take after either me or her mom. She'll be very active. I think she's destined to be very heart healthy," Hoelle said.

According to the American Heart Association... one in 110 babies are born with a heart defect. Little Hats, Big Hearts is a part of American Heart Month.

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