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Back Pack Safety

I recently did a back pack safety talk at my daughter’s preschool. I figured this was a great age to start talking to them about their back packs, since they will be entering kindergarten this fall.  We all see these teeny tiny kids and these HUGE backpacks, wandering the streets. I have a couple tips to share to help prevent spinal problems caused by the size and weight of their backpacks.  First of all, the contents should not be more than 15% of their body weight.  So, for a 100 lb child, that means no more than 15 pounds.  Also, they should wear both shoulder straps and have it resting about the waistline. NOT below the waste as low as the hips.  They should also pack it with the heaviest books closest to their spine.

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