by Jennifer Parker, BCH Marketing and Public Relations

Thanks to some of our incredible BCH employees and volunteers, babies born at Foothills Hospital during the month of February will be gifted a handmade red hat to raise awareness that heart disease -- America’s #1 killer -- affects even the littlest among us.

Parents will be given information about heart health – how to get baby off to a healthy start, heart disease prevention tips for mom such as diet and exercise advice, plus a red hat for baby, handmade by BCH staff and volunteers, as well as volunteers from around the country.

It’s all part of Boulder Community Health’s latest partnership with the American Heart Association for their February “Little Hats, Big Hearts” campaign to raise awareness of heart disease in babies and moms.

“Our goal at Boulder Community Health is to have the healthiest babies and moms in our community,” said Lisa Allen, Director of the BCH Family Birth Center at Foothills Hospital. “We are giving our families education right from the start.”

Congenital heart defects are the #1 most frequent birth defect worldwide and 90 percent of women have at least one risk factor for cardiovascular disease, according to the American Heart Association.
Some 2200 Americans die of cardiovascular diseases each day, according to the American Heart Association. Yet 80 percent of cardiovascular diseases may be preventable through proper diet, exercise and other actions.

“Our community of volunteers is putting so much love into these hats for our BCH babies,” said Pat Dimond, BCH Director of Volunteer Services. “Thanks to the generous support of the BCH Ambassadors we are also able to give our volunteers and staff the yarn.”

“That’s really what having a community health system is all about – neighbors caring for neighbors to become the healthiest community in the nation,” Dimond said.

(Photo: Shelby, Nick and Baby Hampton, born February 3, 2018 at the Family Birth Center at Foothills Hospital.)