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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

Cara’s Cucina: Spinach Ravioli

Today on Cara’s CucinaCara Di Falco teaches us how to make Spinach Ravioli!

“It’s so simple and SO delicious,” Di Falco states in the recipe’s accompanying blog. “But it also really lets the ravioli shine, allowing all of the flavors of the pasta and the filling to come through!”

Check out the recipe, which serves four, below!

Spinach Ravioli

1 batch fresh pasta dough
2 C. ricotta cheese
1 1/2 C. fresh spinach, packed
1 egg
salt
black pepper
pinch of grated nutmeg
2 sticks (1 C.) butter
12-15 fresh sage leaves
parmesan cheese, for serving

Watch the video above to learn how to make your own, and click here to see the official Cara’s Cucina recipe!

Buon Appetito!