Brain Building in Action Community Fair educates parents of preschool children

The Brain Building in Action Community Fair took place April 9 at the ABCD Chinese Church Head Start. (Image courtesy of ABCD Chinese Church Head Start.)

The Brain Building in Action Community Fair took place April 9 at the ABCD Chinese Church Head Start at 112 Shawmut Avenue. The event included breakfast, performances and dancing. Live demonstrations from community partners showed how to prepare healthy mango salsa and how to select educational toys for children. Continue reading

Preschool implements nutritional program for fighting childhood obesity

Although the nation has long been aware of its childhood obesity problem, not every school is taking action. Children of America, an educational child care center with 570 schools in 12 states across the country, however, is going beyond standard childcare. The academy has been implementing its Mind and Body Matters Program since last September, providing classes to children from six weeks to 12 years old. Continue reading

To Praise or Not to Praise?


It is very common these days to hear parents saying, “Good job!” to their young children for everything from putting their hats on, to eating their dinner, to cleaning up their toys. Not all observers of behavior find this useful. Alfie Kohn, who has studied motivation and punishment in schools and in the corporate world, has found that praise of this sort often backfires, creating children (and in comparable situations, adults) who are afraid to try things they think they may fail at. Praise, it turns out, may do more harm than good. Continue reading

The Special Medical Edition


The Sampan’s special medical edition is out on stands now! As part of the newspaper’s ongoing efforts to provide the Asian American community with health and healthcare information, this edition covers all three of the Sampan’s areas of concern: Obesity, Diabetes and Smoking Cessation. In addition to information on quitting smoking, eating a better diet and new diabetes research, a few of Sampan’s columnists have written informative pieces on their areas of expertise and links to healthcare. We hope you find the Sampan’s medical edition useful! Click on the sections you’d like to look at!