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April is Backpack Safety Month

Thursday, 23 October 2008 15:17

The month of April has been designated as National Backpack Safety Month by the Congress of Chiropractic State Associations, (COCSA). This organization is an association of other US state chiropractic organizations. This month-long event is designed to help educate parents, children and school officials about the potential dangers of heavy backpacks used by children and the solutions to this problem. This is the second year for this event. However, this year a large corporate sponsor has joined in. Office Depot will be promoting the program directly to school officials across the country. Office Depot, Inc. is one of the world`s largest sellers of stationary supplies to schools.

In a February 22, 2003 release, COCSA President, Dr. Kevin Donovan, also added, “Recent research reports that a majority of today’s students are carrying more than the recommended weight levels and sustaining significant injury that may last a lifetime. It is imperative that doctors of chiropractic become involved with this growing epidemic. I am very excited that the chiropractic community has taken a leadership position and created national focus on the issue of backpack injury."

On their website, COCSA offers two links of importance on this subject. The first is a Facts About Backpack Injury, and the second is Ways to Prevent Backpack Injury. Both these are available for free download in Adobe pdf format.

The founders of Back Pack Safety America have put together a flier for their members to cut and paste to letter head and used to enhance community awareness and participation for the month of April. If you are interested in finding out more about their letter and other educational materials, - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .