Little Red Hats Make A Big Impact At Hackensack Meridian Health Palisades Medical Center

Barbara Amadiz and Yarid Ventura of Union City, NJ, with their newborn baby boy, Yariel B. Ventura, who was born on February 5, 2018.

Hackensack Meridian Health Palisades Medical Center is extremely excited to be a part of the American Heart Association’s “Little Hats, Big Hearts” program to help spread awareness to moms and families during February – American Heart Month – about heart health and a healthy family lifestyle.

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

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 well-being while creating a healthy lifestyle for the entire family.

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, please visit