American Heart Month

February is American Heart Month! 

We teamed up with the Kansas American Heart Association to bring awareness of heart health all across Wichita. Here are some events going on throughout the month of February to show support:

Breakfast in Red

Make plans to attend this year's Go Red For Women’s Breakfast In Red!

 Enjoy a complimentary breakfast on Valentine’s Day and hear more about how we can save the lives of the women we love.

 :::PLEASE NOTE::: RSVP's are REQUIRED by Friday, Feb. 10th. 

Heart disease and stroke cause 1 in 3 deaths among women each year- more than all cancers combined. Together we can prevent heart disease and stroke. The good news is that 80 percent of cardiac events may be prevented with education and lifestyle changes. Women who Go Red live healthier lives.

Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017 from 7:30 - 8:30 a.m.

Abode Venue | 1330 E. Douglas Ave.

Wear red and bring someone your heart cherishes. 

RSVP by Friday, Feb. 10th to or 316.768.3830.

Charity Clark, MSOHRD, BS, RRT, Clinical Practice Manager for Via Christi Health, says it’s never too early or too late to take steps to protect your heart and health. Join us as Charity shares her experience and heart care expertise. 

Go Red For Women National Sponsor: Macy's Breakfast in Red Sponsor: Aetna & QSI Facilities #GoRedICT

Little Hats, Big Hearts

Volunteers from around the country are joining the American Heart Association, in connection with The Children's Heart Foundation, to celebrate American Heart Month by knitting and crocheting red hats for babies born in February at participating hospitals. Little Hats, Big HeartsTM, honors babies, moms, and heart healthy lives in a very special way. Supporters are knitting and crocheting red hats to be given out to thousands of babies during American Heart Month in order to empower moms to live heart healthy lives and to help their children do the same.

Together, we are working to raise awareness, provide resources and inspire moms to take their family’s heart health to heart while also raising awareness about Congenital Heart Defects.


If you knit or crochet and would like to participate in Little Hats, Big Hearts, please select your state, or the state nearest you, for more information on deadlines and where to send your hats.

We also accept donations of yarn.

If you work for a hospital that would like to participate in this project, please contact your local office to learn more. If you do not see your state listed below, please send hats to the next closest state until we establish the program in your area.

Theresa Squires

Director of Corporate Events - Heart Walk

1861 N. Rock Road, Suite 380Wichita, KS 67206

List of 2017 Participating hospitals in Wichita, Kansas:

  • Via Christi Health - Wichita, KS
  • Wesley Medical Center - Wichita, KS
  • Hutchinson Regional Healthcare - Hutchinson, KS
  • Hays Medical Center - Hays, KS
  • Newman Regional Health - Emporia, KS
  • Newton Medical - Newton, KS
  • Via Christi Health - Pittsburg, KS
  • Geary Community Hospital - Junction City, KS
  • Coffeyville Regional Medical Center - Coffeyville, KS
  • Labette Health - Parsons, KS

Little Hats, Big Hearts started in February 2014 in Chicago, IL collecting 300 hats in the first year. The program has now expanded to more than 40 states. We are thrilled to have so many volunteers interested in Little Hats, Big Hearts!

Thank you for making this program so special and for helping to spread awareness of heart disease and congenital heart defects.

Yarn Specifics

  • Red
  • Cotton or acrylic
  • Medium to heavy weight
  • Machine washable and dryable

Sample Patterns

We also recommend simple hat patterns. While we love bows and buttons, they can come off the hats and be dangerous for the little ones.

The links provided above are for convenience only, and are not an endorsement of either the linked-to entity or any product or service.

For more information, please email us at:

If you are interested in starting this program please contact your local office for details.

American Heart Association Support Network/Children's Heart Foundation

The American Heart Association and The Children's Heart Foundation co-fund the Congenital Heart Defect Research Awards.CHF also participates in AHA's Support Network and Little Hats, Big HeartsTM programs.


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