Carrying school books shouldn’t be a pain for children

Basics of Pick, Pack, Lift and Carry can prevent future chronic health problems

RED DEER — Parents can help their children avoid a lifetime of shoulder, neck and back pain by teaching them how to properly pick, pack, lift and carry school backpacks during the upcoming school year.

“Carrying an overloaded backpack or wearing one improperly can lead to poor posture, stress on the soft tissue in your neck and back, and unnecessary strain on muscles and joints,” says Alberta Health Services (AHS) physiotherapist Cheryl Klass.

Backpack basics of Pick, Pack, Lift and Carry help children to develop good backpack-carrying habits that will protect them from future health problems.

Pick the right pack:

Pack only what you need:

Lift your pack properly:

Carry the pack correctly:

Sharing information and best practices to prevent chronic diseases is among the goals outlined in the 5-Year Health Action Plan, jointly developed by AHS and the Government of Alberta, and supported by the province’s stable, 5-year funding.

Alberta Health Services is the provincial health authority responsible for planning and delivering health supports and services for more than 3.7 million adults and children living in Alberta. Its mission is to provide a patient-focused, quality health system that is accessible and sustainable for all Albertans.

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