The Mindful Raisin

Finally there is national recognition that our children have reached epidemic proportions of obesity and diabetes resulting from poor diet and the perils of our modern lifestyle. The opportunity to utilize schools as community resource to teach and mentor children and teenagers about food, connection to the land through vegetable gardening, old fashioned cooking skills and lifestyle awareness, is occurring in cities and suburbia across the country.

Unlike home economics taught in the 1960’s, the emphasis is now on organically grown, local cooperative gardening, teaching the benefits of eating seasonal vegetables and connecting to the process through growing and preparing them. This benefits under-resourced urban students, who often live in food desserts bereft of healthy fresh produce and choice, as well as suburban students, who still eat a plethora of fast processed junk food and lack outdoor exercise and connection to their foodsource.

Ina Denburg helps communities cultivate health and wellness by teaching students relevant lifestyle skills through her interactive workshops. As a Wellness Educator she melds her experience as a nationally certified Life Coach, Health Professional, life-long organic vegetable gardener, and passion as a Mother, to bring engaging workshops and edible education into classrooms and garden projects for students to benefit from. Her programs are experiential, timely, and augment current health curriculum.


“Raisin your awareness one bite at a time”



We often don’t think about why we eat what, when and how we do.

In our fast-paced society, we are rushed and trained to mindlessly consume food, wolf things down and eat on the run, when we’re watching TV, at the computer, walking at the mall, sitting in the movies, or just about everywhere!

Additionally, we also eat:

  • To be social, partaking in it not because we’re hungry but because food is there and others are eating it.
  • Because we’re bored, sad, lonely, depressed or stressed out.
  • Because food has become entertainment for our mouths, the manufacturers’ sweet, salty, processed empty promise of fun and fast enjoyment available in infinite quantity – everywhere.
  • Finally, as a misbegotten reward, for hard work, good behavior, or an achievement.

The Mindful Raisin offers opportunity for natural, healthy change regarding our relationship to food, eating, and our lifestyle. It provides an integral spoke in the wheel for Food Education Programs. As a practical tool, The Mindful Raisin helps us unplug from the tsunami of our junk culture and when practiced enough, becomes internalized and offers profound rewards:

  • The ability to monitor portion control
  • Recognition of emotional eating
  • Connection with our bodies while we are eating
  • Awareness of where our food comes from
  • And last but not least, greater enjoyment of our food overall, because we’re truly present for it while we’re eating it.

Bring Ina Denburg – AKA, The Raisin Lady – to your school or garden program and experience this engaging, amusing, and highly useful activity. Available for students, teachers, administration and parents!


According to The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

  • Childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years.
  • The percentage of children aged 6–11 years in the United States who were obese increased from 7% in 1980 to nearly 20% in 2008. Similarly, the percentage of adolescents aged 12–19 years who were obese increased from 5% to 18% over the same period.
  • In 2008, more than one third of children and adolescents were overweight or obese.

The American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry states:

  • Between 16 and 33 percent of children and adolescents are obese. Obesity is among the easiest medical conditions to recognize but most difficult to treat. Unhealthy weight gain due to poor diet and lack of exercise is responsible for over 300,000 deaths each year. The annual cost to society for obesity is estimated at nearly $100 billion.


Email me : Ina@ContinuumLiving.US or call 201.207.0345 to see how I can be of help to your school.

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