It’s that time again, and the kids aren’t the only ones with homework. Parents, it’s your turn. Don’t let autumn safety “fall” to the side. Instead, talk to your children about how they can be healthy and safe this school year.
- Walk and ride to school safely by remaining aware. Obey traffic signals and lights, walk only on crosswalks, and listen to traffic guards (that means no headphones).
- If your children bike to school, make sure they wear a helmet. My recommendation: reward safety with an awesome helmet.
- If possible, walk with your child to and from the bus stop.
- Keep backpacks light! Your kid’s backpack should only be 5-10% of his or her body weight, according to the American Chiropractic Association. A backpack with wheels is easy to use and most importantly reduces back stress. If your child chooses to use a backpack, utilize both straps. Wearing your pack on one shoulder can cause spinal curvature.
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