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AOTA's National School Backpack Awareness Day

September 17, 2014 is our annual School Backpack Awareness Day! 

Join AOTA and occupational therapy practitioners, educators, and students across the country as we help others Live Life To Its Fullest by avoiding the pain and injury that can come from heavy backpacks and bags. Students, parents, educators, school administrators, and community members will learn safety tips to stay protected from back pain throughout life. You have the chance to help by organizing local events and educating people of all ages about proper bag usage. Teach others how to properly choose, pack, lift, and carry various types of bags—including backpacks, purses, briefcases, and suitcases. 

We celebrate American Occupational Therapy Association’s National School Backpack Awareness Day annually on the third Wednesday of each September. 

Get Involved

If you are a holding an event on September 17, 2014, register your event with us!  Note: We had a limited supply of backpacks (children’s ages 5 to 10 years) that were available on a first-come, first-served basis. Carry Gear Solutions provided 200 Lego backpacks to occupational therapy practitioners who are hosting Backpack Safety Awareness Day events. Those selected have already been notified. We offer event planning tips and strategies. Please share photos, links to media articles, and write-ups of your event on OT Connections or by emailing praota@aota.org.

Spread the Word

Have an idea that you want to share with others, or get advice on how to host your own Backpack Day event? Visit the Backpack Forum on OT ConnectionsListen to the recording of Dr. Karen Jacobs' pediatric virtual chat on backpack awareness (look for the episode from September 13, 2011). Consumers: Read our tips on packing and carrying bags and backpacks

Contact AOTA Media Relations

If you are a member of the media looking for backpack research and ergonomic tips, please contact AOTA's Media Relations Manager Katie Riley at praota@aota.org or 301-652-6611 x2963. View our press release or media advisory about AOTA's National Backpack Awareness Day.