Backpacks are hazardous to your kids



Can you imagine being 13 and having the same back pain your dad has?  Back pain is what awaits many of our school age children as they head back to school this year.  As laptops, textbooks, notebooks, and other paraphernalia get carried back and forth to school this year, kids are overloading their spines and suffering from back strains and disc herniation. 

The Occupational Therapy community is trying to help keep our kids safe this year with National Backpack Awareness events.  The Maryland Occupational Therapy Association will be hosting booths at local stores where parents can bring their kids to have their bags weighed and fitted.  The booths will have education in diverse, interactive and fun ways on proper weight, packing, and wear of packs for customers and the community.

Please join us:

OFFICE DEPOT in Gaithersburg, Maryland on Thursday, August 26th (1-3 pm)
15790 Shady Grove Rd
Gaithersburg, MD 20850
Contact Person at Store: Alan Hay, Store Manager
Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI) in Rockville, Maryland on Saturday, September 4th (2-4 pm) 

1701 Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD 20852
(301) 230-7670
Contact Person at Store: Josh Oviatt, Store Manager

LL BEAN at Mall in Columbia, Maryland on Saturday, September 4th (11-1 pm)
10300 Little Patuxent Parkway
Columbia, MD 21044
Contact Person at Store: John Capek, Active Department Manager

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