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National School Backpack Awareness Day

Posted by Jenna Green on September 16, 2015 at 7:35 PM

It is National School Backpack Awareness Day! Each year, National School Backpack Awareness Day takes place on the third Wednesday of September.

In 2007, 23,000 people went to the emergency room because of injuries related to backpacks and book bags. It is reported that 55 percent of students carry a backpack heavier than the recommended guideline of 15 percent of the child’s body weight. On 09/16/2015 occupational therapy practitioners in different areas will be weighing backpacks, purses, and briefcases at various venues to raise awareness of the health implications of carrying too much weight in their bags. For more information on how occupational therapy practitioners can help you or your family, visit the National School Backpack Awareness Day Web site at www.aota.org/backpack.

 

 

 

Sources: www.aota.org/backpack

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