August Family Wellness Newsletter


Back to school…Get out the scale and weigh those backpacks!

It’s back to school time again so make sure you are checking your child’s backpack to ensure that it is a good fit for them.  A good rule to remember is that a backpack should weight NO MORE THAN 10% of your child’s body weight.  Heavier backpacks cause not only back pain, but also shoulder pain and neck pain.  To put it in perspective to a child consider this…a recent study discovered that the average child carries a backpack that would be the equivalent of a 39-pound burden for the average adult man and a 29-pound burden for the average adult woman.  That’s A LOT of extra weight on those growing bodies!!!  So get out the scale and weight those backpacks!  Check out the full article for more backpack safety suggestions.  Backpack safety