Snacking with purpose

According to recent eating trends, snacks are becoming more like minimeals, making it even more important to snack with a specific purpose in mind–balanced nutrition. Nutrition and convenience are sought after when it comes to snack items and this has led to the production of many food products that aim to fit a variety of needs and preferences. Many snacks now boast having less “unhealthy” ingredients and more nutrients, helping to fill the “nutrient gaps” in our diets. There is even a slew of specialty products that speak to those with particular health and nutrition needs. America is an on-the-go … Continue reading

Summer trends for girls

If you’re a girl who loves to be at the forefront of summer fashion, this article is for you! You’ll know what to wear so you don’t look like a total goofball on your next date. If you disagree with me, please keep your opinions to yourself. Everyone should know: trends are seasonal. Nails, clothes, shoes, body spray, per­fume, and hairstyles all follow trends. If you look around you, everyone ad­heres to seasonal fashion paradigms to some extent. For example in winter we wear big jackets with fur on the hoodie or long coats. But when summer comes, everyone puts … Continue reading

Former NECO President Elizabeth Chen reflects on Chinatown and career success

Elizabeth Chen, a Former President of the New England College of Optometry (NECO), spoke about her roots in China­town and the challenges and re­wards she has found on her path to success in a Sampan interview. In June, a classroom in one of NECO’s historic buildings on Beacon Street in Back Bay was named in honor of Chen by the trustees of the college. Chen is both the first woman and the first Asian American to have served as the head of an optometry school in the United States. The committee thanked her for lead­ing the institution “always with the … Continue reading

Shopping for shoes that get kids moving

According to the Cen­ters for Disease Control (CDC), America’s children need to get moving. A recent National Health and Nutrition Examination Sur­vey (NHANES) of the last 30 years found that among children ages 2 to 5, obesity has doubled, while among 6- to 11-year-olds, it has tripled. Obesity can have a negative impact on health. Young people who are obese are at a higher risk for cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and type 2 dia­betes. That’s why it is so important to encourage children to participate in physical activity. However, when children choose a sport, it’s important to … Continue reading

ABCD Summer Works

Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD) employs more than 2,000 young Bostonians with paid seasonal jobs and work experiences in Massachusetts. The ABCD Summer Works program will kick off its first day of work for students after the July 4th holiday weekend. The youth employment initiative helps prepare more than 2,000 youth and young adults ages 14-24 for future careers while fighting teen unemployment. During this time of rising national unemployment rates, the job prospects for teenagers who want to work are even worse. Students seeking summer work experience, generally 16 to 24 years old, are struggling to find jobs. … Continue reading