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7 Resources, Healthy Living in Your Own Backyard!

April 9, 2017 in Children's Health Education, News - Updates

Updated 4/9/17 The Singing Nurse Health Tip #2

I am turning 60 this year(62 now) and want to increase my energy and better my overall health. I’ve been trying to make my activity more intense and eating more healthy. I’ve been trying to get creative with my workouts, and with summer weather here, being outdoors is so refreshing. I have come across some great resources that are fun and encouraging. If you hang out with kids, I know you like fun, and who doesn’t thrive on loads of encouragement.

Being healthy does not have to be expensive, nor does healthy living have to be boring. The main motivator though, is, “do you want it?’. Sometimes we are forced to change our choices because of health reason or a health crisis. Hopefully, if we are willing to learn and live wise, we can live well-rounded lives before a crisis ever develops.  Being stronger may even prevent injuries and keep us out of the emergency room.

So, I will share my ideas and give you the resources that I have discovered.

Resource # 1.

BodyDoOverI’ve been listening to a great Podcast called “Body Do Over”. Two guys talk back and forth about workouts, eating, weight loss plateaus and myths in the fitness world. John is the knowledgeable trainer and Matt is the eager trainee with all the questions. The podcast is lots of fun, very enthusiastic and encouraging. Kelly, a nutrition and training expert has joined the team to give a well-rounded approach to healthy eating of course, that makes you want to keep on track. There is a free quick start PDF over at, very helpful.

Podcast BodyDoOver


Resource #2

Cardio Sprint Training, Dawn Ginese

Body Do Over has several days of Cardio/Sprint workouts. So I have included my deck as my workout space on those days. I set the alarm on my smartphone to start with a 5 min warm-up of walking and arm swinging, then set the alarm for every 1 minute to do intervals of brisk walking and stair climbing. So it is 5 min warm-up, 20 mins of intense walking and stairs and a 5 min cool down of walking or stretching. You can listen to your favorite music or I like to listen to the podcast over again which gives continual encouragement and motivation.








Resource #3

Cool Healthy Apps

There are a couple apps that I like that can also help track your progress and even help you while you are away from your usual workout space.

nexerciseNexercise” is an awesome app which helps you track your workouts, it gives you badges and levels to help motivate you. Nexercise has a gift/rewards component that I have not taken part of yet. Nexercise also has a social element to which I have not taken part either, but the tracking aspect is cool to see your accomplishments.


workouts appWorkouts” is a cool app that includes videos that you can watch right on your smartphone. You can choose to target abs, arms, butt, cardio, legs or full workout. The free version is great, you can choose from 10, 20 or 30 min workouts. You can also set an alarm to remind you about working out. This one is fun to do with the kids, you know how they like their gadgets. 




Resource #4

Great YouTube channel

fitness blender FitnessBlender” has loads of great intense workouts. I like the ones with Kelli the female workout coach. Go to their website and make sure to check out the  FitnesBlender YouTube Channel. I use it on my smart TV.

Intense workouts of 30 minutes can be very effective. A 1 hour walks or other long workouts are great too. The point is to get moving. 


Resource #5

Below is a cool drink recipe I came up with.  It is healthy and affordable.

Yummy protein drink, Dawn Ginese, RN

Blueberry Protein Drink, Dawn Ginese


1 banana or 1 cup of blueberries or both

1/4 cup almonds

1/2 cup Go Lean

1 cup plant-based milk

Add a talk glass of ice, a few shakes of cinnamon and all other ingredients in a blender for a yummy, icy, nutty sweet treat.**Note I’m learning that more protein is not necessarily better, especially animal protein. See nutrition links below.

Resource #6

fat vs muscleJust for fun I wanted to let you see an example of 5 lbs of fat vs. 5 lbs of muscle. As you can see fat takes up more space. So, your scale may not be an accurate tool to see how you are progressing towards your health goals. How your clothes are fitting and how your energy level has increased is a truer picture of better fitness.






Resource #7

I’ve have recently taken a nutrition course that is very informative and science based. You will be surprized at the research that has gone in to nutrition and how is effects our health. I will include few links below that will talk about diabetes 2, heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer and more of the top killers effected by the “Standard American Diet”

The China Study with T Colin Campbell

This is a nice overview of “The China Study” and the research aspect. This same website has lots of great recipes and personal stories of changing to a plant based diet and how it has improved health.

Chef AJ 

I love all of Chef AJ’s YouTube cooking demos. I really enjoy the ones called: The Chef and the Dietician. Together they make some yummy dishes and have some cool cooking tools to make cooking simple, healthy and fast.

Hope you have a wonderful summer with lots of R & R and peace. 

For Life & Healthy Living,


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Happy New Year!

January 4, 2017 in Creative Adventures, News - Updates

img_4261Have an awesome New Year! My patient enjoyed creating this little candy snack tree for his nurses.


  1. We covered a pizza box with paper
  2. Attached a New Years cone hat to the box with tacky glue
  3. Taped candy to the cone
  4. Taped curly ribbon in between the candy
  5. attached a piece of covered paper towel dowel
  6. cut a couple of slits at the top and inserted his picture

We hope you fill your new year with lots of fun, giving and learning. We are learning it is more blessed to give than to receive. We are thankful for the freedom to live a full life even in the midst of difficult times. We are learning that family and friends are important and we need to encourage and nurture them in any way we are gifted to do so. How are you going to celebrate your new year? What do you want to learn about. What are some of your ideas to bless others?

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Happy New Year!

Ms. Dawn

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Summer Fun Almost Done!

September 2, 2016 in News - Updates


I know many of your kids have started back to school, but many are trying to soak up and grasp the last moments of summer. I hope you had a great Summer filled with rest and relaxation and mostly fun and laughs with your families. Have an awesome school year, we hope you choose The Singing Nurse to help get the message out about living healthy.

For Healthy Kids and Families,

Ms. Dawn

Mom Runs to Cure SMA in NYC Half Marathon 2015

March 11, 2015 in News - Updates, TSN outreach Projects

Cure SMA NYC Half 2015

Kian and Neda

I am very proud of Kian’s mom. She’s a busy lady and twirls many plates but also makes time to get fit and give back. I have come to appreciate her determination and wit to get things done for Kian. As you can imagine having a special needs child with all the hours of arranging and setting-up, following-up and finding competent nurses for his 24 hr care over the past 8 years could have depleted her totally. But, through it all she has managed to survive with an attitude of “keeping on”. Kian’s mom is running in the NYC Half Marathon this Sunday. It is sponsored by United Airlines Run for Life. She is running to Cure SMA. Below is a short video I created as a tribute to her and to get the word out about her fundraising efforts. After viewing the video it would be so amazing if you would contribute as a way of to tell Kian’s mom you appreciate her efforts and her cause. And Below the video are some words of encouragement and challenge to all of us from my husband Mike.

Link to video for mobile users.

“In this great dance we call life, each of us experience various blessings and challenges. The normal ups and downs and stresses and strains in the common course of life are sometimes enough to cause the best of us to become overwhelmed.  But then there are those who are dealt a tough blow in life. It is not by their choosing and not according to anything they imagined in their wildest dreams. They are presented with the challenge of a special needs child. They must care for that child who could not make it through another day without the protective care of a loving mother. They are those who often must hide their deepest pain and hopefully get to it one day, but for now, theirs is a life of sacrifice, hopes and continual self encouragement to carry on for just another day. So when we think of those who are the poor of this world, that little boy or girl who did not have the opportunity to run, jump and play as other kids, our hearts are moved with compassion. If we have been so blessed as to enjoy those simple everyday ordinary things of life perhaps we will allow our compassion to turn into giving, in order to help alleviate the burdens of that lovely child. But in addition when we give in the hopes of eradicating that disease we not only give to bring a better life to those who are sick and God knows that would be reward enough itself, but we give in the hopes of alleviating the suffering and pain of the child and the family. Truly those who donate their energy and often the best years of their lives are the unsung heroes. They are the ones who also need help and healing. When we give, we give to all connected to this child with cords of love. When we give; we honor, support and help those who have embraced their assignment with guts and boldness, freely dispensing their energy in order to give the best life possible to this lovely child, even though it cost them their own very lives. Support Cure SMA! More Info!

You can read more about Kian: What is SMA?

Kian’s Tribute to mom. Kian’s Tribute to dad

Link to Cure SMA Race Team

Please leave a comment below and give a donation! The race is March 15th! Thanks in advance!



My Purell Airplane Trip!

November 30, 2014 in Children's Health Education, News - Updates

purell with words

3 Things I do with Purell Hand Sanitizer.

I just wanted to send out a quick post to remind you about the cold and flu season just about to bombard all of us. I was recently away with family for the Thanksgiving Holiday and came home to the snowy bitter cold of the northeast. The snow is beautiful but best when you don’t have to go anywhere.

So what does all this have to do with airplanes etc.

3 things I do with Purell.

1.  I carry purell where ever I go. It is always hanging from my purse for quick use.

2.  My husband and I have this little ritual while traveling. We squirt the Purell on a tissue and wipe down our area in the plane: the arms and buttons of our seats, the levers, the fold down tables and the magazine pocket edges. Read Dr. Oz’s “Toxic Travel-How to Stay Healthy” post where he explains how these areas are especial germy. Really, how clean can the airlines make the planes with only 10-15 minutes in between unloading and loading passengers? Not much…so we sanitize.

3.  I make sure my husband has his own hand sanitizer.

Things to remember, refill your hand sanitizer bottles when you are at home. It would be great to leave a larger bottle in the car so you can refill before you take off on your adventures.

A bonus today is that Purell has a 30 Days of Sharing & Caring campaign going on right now. I wanted to pass it on to you because it would be a great activity to share with your children. They have a printable chart of good deeds to do like: Bake cookies, Share your lunch, Make someone laugh, Donate clothes/coats etc. Purell is also awarding weekly gifts and prizes to participants. The grand prize is $5,000.00.  You can check it out at Get going quick because it ends Dec. 16th.

Have a Wonderful Christmas Holiday Season.

Ms. Dawn

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Free Christmas Music

December 17, 2013 in God - Faith - Hope - Love, News - Updates, The Singing Nurse Music

Merry Christmas!

Free Christmas music from The Singing Nurse for the whole family.

Tell a friend! Listen to the true meaning of Christmas. Send me a note requesting my FREE Christmas songs via my contact page and I will send you my 3 Christmas songs. Below are short lyric excerpts from each. Scroll down  to watch the Video Song.


Christmas tree painted 09

True Love…

“Born in a manger bitter sweet,

born for the nails in His hands and feet,

it was in His plan, to bruise Him in His side

born a man, so the world would see, His love…”

The First Time…

“How does the mother of my Lord come to me

And Mary when you entered the room

The child within lept within my womb

Oh Mary, how will you feel…”

People and Presents…

“People and Presents all around the tree

But what Lord, oh what, have You received from me

a sentimental mind, thinking only of me

wondering what gifts I’d receive

forgetting all about you…”

Blessings to you and yours, TSN, Ms. Dawn


 True Love Music Video with vintage pictures

First posted Dec 2010 by Dawn Ginese/The Singing Nurse

Happy Valentines Parents and Kids!

February 11, 2013 in Creative Adventures, News - Updates

Hello friends,

I received this salt dough heart from my grand sons for Valentines. It looks like an easy enough project for young children. My daughter in-law is a Special Ed teacher and does all sorts of fun and easy projects with the boys. I’m sure they enjoyed mushing the flour and water, pressing the cookie cutter just right, painting it bright red and adding the sticky glue and glitter (don’t forget to add a hole probably made with a straw). And add a red ribbon and wow a sweet thoughtful Valentines for Grandma or mom or whoever needs a little sweetness in their life. 

My next Valentines nugget is for those who are in love or need some romantic reminding of all the reasons you fell in love in the first place. I was up late last night and Micheal O’Brien came on TV in a special. It was a live concert with a string quartet, guitars, you know all those instruments that make great love songs. The Song writing of Michael O’Brien is great and catchy. I love all the creative chord changes, you are not sure where you are going but you like being led there. The lyrics are heart felt and encourage you to be grateful for your love. I downloaded the album, “Something About Us” in the am. Check it out and listen here.



 Have a wonderful Valentines Day, from our home to yours.

Ms. Dawn

Other Valentine craft: Candy wrapper Valentines craft





CDC say Flu Season starting early!

December 8, 2012 in Children's Health Education, News - Updates

The CDC is reporting an early flu season. The CDC still says vaccinating, staying home when you are sick, and washing hands often is still the best medicine for protecting yourself and others from the flu.

Check out your Flu IQ below then arrow back to us.

Help keep your kids healthy during the flu season, be ready…Prevent it!    Flu_Guide_for_Parents PDF

 Flu IQ

 Get your Vaccine Today!


Flu shot now!-√  Stay home when sick!-√  Wash hands often-√  Educate my kids-√

Who should purchase “The Singing Nurse-Health Lessons for Kids” for the  & Health of Children?

Pediatric Nurses Child-Life Hospital Workers Home Care Pediatric Nurses & Aids

ECE/Schools/Teachers/Parents/Administrators Home School Families 

Public Health Nurse Pediatrician Airports Libraries Hospitals

Anywhere people cough, sneeze & breath need The Singing Nurse Flu Prevention message! 

Info on purchasing the curriculum, downloading music and hand washing animation or Health Songs only click Here.

To watch a video review of curriculum & listen to songs click Here

For a Healthier Flu Season…Prevent it!

Ms. Dawn, The Singing Nurse

Did we tell you? “Hand Washing Animation for Kids” also included!

November 24, 2012 in Children's Health Education, News - Updates, Uncategorized

Did we tell you? Did you know? The “Rubba Dub Dub Animated Handwashing Song for Kids” is included in The Singing Nurse Health Lessons for Kids”.

We have four different ways you can have your own copy before the cold and flu season bombards you. Germs are all around and teaching young children to wash their hands is the one tried and true way to prevent winter colds and flu. Of course coughing and sneezing in your shoulder is another tool for preventing illness in preschoolers as well.

I know what you are thinking, you’ve got to be kidding, have you seen my little snot nosed kids? Believe me when you get these little songs in their heads it becomes second nature for your children to cough or sneeze in their shoulder and washing hands becomes a fun activity.

Meditation in right thinking is invaluable. Hearing a catchy song is like hearing 1000 sweet little reminders.

“A picture is worth a 1000 words.”

1. You can own a copy when purchasing our printed version of our curriculum- The Singing Nurse-Health Lessons for Kids” which also includes Songs/Data CD.

2. You can own a copy when you purchase our download version, sent to you within 24-48 hrs.

3. You can own a copy when you purchase Individual Lesson #1

4. You can own a copy when you purchase Individual Lesson Combo 1 & 4 


Hey, just a reminder this is Support Small Business Saturday…We appreciate your business !

Download a little happiness! 🙂

Ms. Dawn

“Individual” Health Lessons for Kids now available!

September 22, 2012 in Children's Health Education, News - Updates

Just wanted to announce that each of The Singing Nurse Health Lessons for Kids is also now available Individually.

This is great news for those health care workers, teachers and parents who really need help teaching preschool children hand washing. If you need strategies to kick off your exciting school year to keep everyone healthy and not spreading germs, we have fun games, songs and crafts to do just that!

Or just maybe, you need to round out your exciting dental month festivities with one of our Health Lessons for Kids combo download that includes a dental hygiene lesson and a dentist visit lesson and of course receive both of our catchy songs, “I’m Gonna Brush My Teeth” and “The Dentist is a Good Guy”.

We’ve got you covered! We would really feel sad if you really wanted a certain lesson or two and didn’t want to go for the whole curriculum even though we know you would love it if you did. This is our way of helping you to jump in and to get your healthy living feet wet and most important, to educate your little curious kids.


If we missed anything you let us know! We love learning and improving in any way we can just like you.

For Healthy Kids, Ms. Dawn

>>>>Individual Lessons are Here!<<<<