Don't Let School Weigh You Down

backpack

Let's lighten your load! As kids head back to school, make a point of ensuring your child's back stays healthy. While it's not uncommon for kids to carry backpacks loaded with half of their body weight, experts actually recommend backpacks be filled with no more than 10 percent of body weight.

When you're searching for a backpack, consider this:

  • Larger backpacks make it tempting to overfill. Choose one that is no longer or wider than your child's torso. 
  • Hip and chest belts serve to distribute the weight throughout the torso.
  • Padded shoulder straps serve to help with heavy packs.
  • A backpack with several compartments serves to spread the heaviness around.