Pack it light, wear it right. Backpack 101

backpack safetyBack to school shouldn’t mean back to back pain.  Check your child’s backpack to make sure they aren’t being set up for back pain by Thanksgiving break.  15% of a child’s bodyweight is the maximum recommended amount.

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Shoulder straps should be wide and padded; and both shoulder straps should be worn at all times.  The backpack should never sit more than 4 inches below your child’s waist.  back_pack_safety2

Pockets should be used to store various items which will help more evenly distribute the weight.

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Have your child’s back and check their pack.  Wishing you a healthy and safe 2018-2019 school year!

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