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#HipNJ Celebrates National New Jersey Day

Today is National New Jersey Day, and #HipNJ wants to help you celebrate!

National New Jersey Day is an event created by National Day as part of a weekly project recognizing each state in the order it joined the union. While New Jersey was the third to enter the union, it was the first to sign the Bill of Rights.

New Jersey has so much to offer, so we put together a guide for your Jersey-themed day.

Start off your day by heading to a Garden State diner, maybe Tops Diner in Newark, and picking up a Taylor Ham, egg and cheese breakfast sandwich. This is the perfect way to get yourself excited for a day at the Jersey Shore.

 

Taylor gang is on its game today #njdiners #topsdinernj #topsdiner #foodandwine

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Now, get in the car and hit Parkway South. A trip to the beach is never complete without some great music, so create a playlist featuring only NJ natives. Here are some suggestions:

  • Whitney Houston
  • Bon Jovi
  • Bruce Springsteen
  • Frank Sinatra
  • Queen Latifah
  • Lauryn Hill and the Fugees
  • Jack Antonoff of Bleachers
  • Jonas Brothers
  • Ashley Tisdale
  • Lea Michele
  • Halsey
  • Charlie Puth

Think those are enough artists to create the best playlist you have ever heard? We definitely think so.

Time to hit the beach! Are you heading to Atlantic City, Point PleasantAsbury Park or Wildwood? Not today! Today, you’re hitting on of NJ’s most notorious summer spots, Seaside Heights.

Spend the day swimming and tanning, then spend the night walking the iconic (maybe for the wrong reasons) boardwalk. Get a cheesesteak at Midway Steak House and win some dessert on the candy wheel.

The beach isn’t for you? No worries! A day celebrating New Jersey can take many forms. You can appreciate nature by taking a hike in Sussex County. Enjoy the breathtaking views while getting some cardio. Then, head over to a drive-in movie.

Sometimes, all we want to do is stay home and have a night in. So, order some pizza from your local pizzeria, get comfy, and turn on a New Jersey inspired TV show or movie. Here are our suggestions:

  • The Sopranos
  • Boardwalk Empire
  • This Is Us
  • House
  • Cobra Kai
  • Date Night
  • Garden State

New Jersey, thank you for all of the opportunities you give us to enjoy life.

If you do anything on this list, be sure to post a picture on Instagram and use the hashtag #NationalNewJerseyDay!

Beth Battaglino on HealthyWomen

#HipNJ spoke with Beth Battaglino, CEO of HealthyWomen and NJ resident, about the efforts her organization is making to ensure that women are healthy and informed.

First of all, HealthyWomen is the nation’s leading independent, nonprofit health information source for women. “We are all about education and the importance of empowering women to have the information and resources they need to take care of themselves and their families,” Battaglino states.

For 30 years, millions of women have turned to HealthyWomen for answers to their most personal health care questions. What started as a toll-free telephone number and print newsletter has evolved into a community. In addition, HealthyWomen was the first online women’s health site to go live on the internet. “That was a huge game changer in the 90’s,” Battaglino recalls.

HealthyWomen also want to ensure that women are making self-care a priority, which prompted the launch of HealthiHER. They partnered with GCI Health and REDBOOK magazine to launch a HealthiHER survey of women ages 30-60 years old to better understand how women feel about their health.

Certainly, results of the survey were not surprising. “Women are still not putting themselves first,” Battaglino says. “Ladies, I know we are never going to put ourselves first, but can we at least be second or third on the list?” This means taking time for yourself, and always making your necessary health visits. “We give the tools needed to be put into action,” Battaglino states. “No one has an excuse anymore.”

Last year, HealthyWomen launched Keep The Care, a nationwide education and advocacy campaign aimed to empower Americans to demand that policymakers and health insurers protect women’s right to equal, accessible and affordable health coverage. Battaglino shares that there are currently 26 preventative screenings available to women free of charge. “While we still have them, we want to make sure women are aware,” she says.

Battaglino  is currently a practicing certified nurse at Hackensack Meridian Center. She says that moving her business from Washington D.C. to New Jersey has opened up many opportunities. “I absolutely love being in New Jersey. It has been one of the best moves for me not only personally, but also professionally.”

If anyone reading this would like to write a blog and share your story, Battaglino  says that HealthyWomen would love to hear from you. “We are always looking for health ambassadors, people who are doing great things in the health and wellness space.”

#HipNJ readers, if you would like to write out your story, email your information to info@healthywomen.org.

To learn more about HealthyWomen, click here.

#HipNJ Fourth of July Celebrations

The Fourth of July is quickly approaching! Do you know what you’ll be doing to celebrate? If not, then this is the perfect article for you! Here is a list of the best places to celebrate this weekend up until July 4th in #HipNJ!

Saturday, June 30

The Headliner, Neptune

Randolph Freedom Festival & Parade, Randolph

Mercer County Freedom Festival, West Windsor Twp.

Sunday, July 1

Oasis Pool & Day Club, Neptune

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Red Bank

Monday, July 2

Fireworks in the Park, Highland Park

Tuesday, July 3

The Headliner, Neptune

New Providence Independence Day Celebration, Downtown New Providence

Daer Nightclub AC, Atlantic City

Wednesday, July 4

Pier 13 Hoboken, Hoboken

Jersey City Freedom & Fireworks Festival, Jersey City

Montclair Independence Day Parade & Picnic, Montclair

Morven Museum & Garden’s July 4thth Jubilee, Princeton

Oceanfest, Long Branch