Joe Robach wants parents to know that heavy, overload backpacks can pose a serious health risk to your children. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that parents look for the following when choosing the right backpack for their child:

- A lightweight pack that does not add a lot of weight to your child’s load. For example, even though leather packs are stylish, they weigh more than the traditional canvas packs.
- Two wide, padded shoulder straps. Straps that are too narrow can dig into a child’s shoulders.
- A padded back which not only provides increased comfort, but also protects kids from being poked by sharp objects (pencils, rulers, notebooks, etc) that are inside the pack.
- A waist belt which helps to distribute the weight more evenly across the body.
- Multiple compartments, which can also help distribute weight more evenly.

Another education safety tip that Joe Robach wants to share is that although pack on wheels may be good options for students, they are extremely difficult to pull up stairs and roll through snow. This could cause an additional safety hazard for students. Check with your child’s school before buying a rolling pack; many do not allow them because of the tripping hazard associated with them.

Joe Robach wants all students to have a happy and healthy education experience and is happy to share these backpack tips with the community! If you need more education information, feel free to contact the office of Joe Robach.