Well­ness Arti­cles

April is National Back­pack Safety Month

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.

Dr. Jerry DeGrado, Vice Pres­i­dent of COCSA, and Chair­per­son of the National Back­pack Safety Com­mit­tee, com­mented on this years events by say­ing, “This pro­gram is going to explode with Office Depots sup­port. They give us the all-​important foot-​in-​the-​door that is so often the most dif­fi­cult first step with this kind of pro­gram. With Office Depot intro­duc­ing the pro­gram to schools and the con­tin­ued involve­ment of doc­tors of chi­ro­prac­tic across the coun­try, the National Back­pack Safety Pro­gram promises to be big­ger than ever in 2003.”

In a Feb­ru­ary 22, 2003 release, COCSA Pres­i­dent, Dr. Kevin Dono­van, also added, Recent research reports that a major­ity of todays 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.

Ran­dom Article

The June 10, 2004 Reuters Health reports that a new study released June 10, shows that nearly one quar­ter of chil­dren and teens with

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