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Lighten Up! Heavy Backpacks a Weighty Load for Children to Bear

id. “However, some schools ban them and children don’t consider them cool. It’s a real conscious trade off for schools. If you don’t allow backpacks with wheels, then you have to find some way to lighten up the backpacks. You have to require less text books to be taken home at night.”

AOTA is sponsoring a National School Backpack Awareness Day on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2006. The day will educate children, parents, school administrators, teachers, and communities about the serious health effects on children from backpacks that are too heavy or worn improperly.

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