#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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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