Chesterton Physical Therapy is partnering with the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) to conduct a free backpack awareness day on Sept. 20. The event is part of National School Backpack Awareness Day, being held by occupational therapy practitioners across the country to educate children, parents, school administrators, teachers and communities about the serious health effects on children from backpacks that are too heavy or worn improperly.

Along with a "weigh-in" of students and their backpacks to illustrate the amount of weight that children carry on their backs to and from school each day, there will also be refreshments, games, prizes and more. The event will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. at 425 Sand Creek Dr N Suite C. There will also be informational presentations at 4:30 and 5:30.

AOTA recommends that school backpacks weigh only 10 percent of a child’s weight. The growing awareness of potential long-term problems to children has resulted in increased medical research and more coverage of the issue in mainstream publications as well as medical journals. Call 219-926-9779.

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