September 18, 2013 is National School Backpack Awareness Day, sponsored by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). Over 50% of children use unsafe backpack practices that can lead to back, neck, and shoulder injuries. AOTA wants to bring attention to the safety hazards of inappropriate use of backpacks, as pain and injury can impact a child’s ability to complete daily activities.
Leaps and Bounds is hosting a Backpack Safety Awareness event on September 18th, from 3-5:30pm. Children and parents will learn that a child’s backpack should weigh no more than 10% of his body weight. Backpacks will be weighed and the child’s usage will be assessed. Additional backpack tips and education will be provided. All participants will be entered into a drawing for fun prizes!
Please call Leaps and Bounds at 636-928-LEAP (5327) to reserve a time for your child, or to get more information about the awareness event.
Click on the following links for additional information about backpack safety:
Backpack Facts: What’s All the Flap About?
Backpack Strategies for Parents and Students