National Backpack Awareness Day aims to educate parents on dangers of heavy backpacks

Wednesday marks the 10th annual National Backpack Awareness Day - created to educate parents on the impact heavy backpacks can have on kids.



Occupational therapist Rivka Molinsky says 22,000 backpack-related injuries are reported in the United States each year.



She says students should choose a pack that has well-padded shoulder straps and evenly distributes the weight between the straps.



Molinsky says a child's backpack should be no more than 10 percent of their body weight.



 


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