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Beth Battaglino, RN-C, CEO of HealthyWomen

Beth brings a unique combination of sharp business expertise and women's health insight to her leadership of the organization. Beth has worked in the health care industry for more than 25 years helping to define and drive public education programs on a broad range of women's health issues. She launched and has expanded the brand. As a result of her leadership, HealthyWomen was recognized as one of the top 100 women's health web sites by Forbes for three consecutive years, and was recognized by Oprah magazine as one of the top women's health web sites. HealthyWomen now connects to millions of women across the country through its wide program distribution and innovative use of technology.

Beth is responsible for the business development and strategic positioning of HealthyWomen. She creates partnerships with key health care professionals and consumer groups to provide strategic, engaging and informative award-winning programs. She serves as the organization's chief spokesperson, regularly participating in corporate, non-profit, community and media events. She also is a practicing nurse in maternal child health at Riverview Medical Center- Hackensack Meridian Health, in Red Bank, NJ.

In addition to her nursing degree, Beth holds degrees in political science, business and public administration from Marymount University.

To stay sane, she loves to run and compete in road races. She enjoys skiing and sailing with her husband and young son, and welcoming new babies into the world.

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Aching Back? The Key Is at the Core

Your Wellness

Driving the kids to school, sitting in front of a computer screen, carrying loads of laundry or groceries—it's no wonder so many of us are uttering the words, "Oh, my aching back!"

Even as I type this column, I find my shoulders taking on a curvature noticeable enough that I can almost hear my grandmother admonishing me to sit up straight!

Good posture is something that many women take for granted. And in modern-day society, the notion can seem downright archaic. An image of hoop-skirted girls from the 1950s balancing hardcover books on their heads comes to mind—but it's quickly dismissed by the nagging pain between my shoulder blades.

Core strength has been a popular term in exercise in recent years, but what are your core muscles and is it possible for the average woman to locate them?

The muscles around your trunk and pelvis are often referred to as the core muscles. They are the muscles deep within the body—below what we typically consider our abs—and are responsible not only for posture but also balance, stability and an overall ability to enhance performance.

Though they cannot be physically seen, core muscles can be easily felt by tightening the abdomen or bringing your belly button toward your back. That's right, ladies, suck in that tummy!

No matter how fit or taught your belly might (or might not) look or feel, having a hard working core can mean the difference between slouching, standing upright and feeling your overall best.

I recently began a series of Pilates training on reformer machines and began to notice what a difference changing my workout can bring to day-to-day tasks. Pilates aims to strengthen the torso and stabilize the spine through a combination of breathing and mental awareness. I have become aware that my posture, or alignment, is far from perfect. I think about it when I'm bouncing down the stairs in the morning or jumping up from my desk in the afternoon. So much for all those sit-ups and crunches!

While reading this column, concentrate on keeping your shoulders down and back, your head lifted, tummy tight and feet firmly planted on the floor. Not easy, is it?

But by being aware and conscious of bad behaviors and correcting them—even for five seconds at a time—you will develop a heightened awareness of a torso in trouble…maybe even before the midday backache sets in!

So suck it in and, as my grandmother said, sit up straight. We all want to find that balance in life—even when we're sitting in front of our computer screens!

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