On Wednesday, September 19, Dr. Karen Jacobs, a Boston University Sargent College occupational therapy professor and former president of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) will be celebrating National School Backpack Awareness Day™ to raise awareness of the health risks associated with carrying an overloaded backpack.
Dr. Jacobs and her graduate students will weigh the backpacks of elementary school students and offer guidance on the best way to wear a backpack. The weigh-ins will be at Jackson Mann School in Brighton, MA from 9:15 a.m. to 12 p.m. and at St. Mary of the Assumption Rectory School in Brookline, MA at 1:15 p.m.
The weight of a child’s backpack should not exceed more than 10 percent of their body weight. Carrying too much weight in a pack or wearing it the wrong way can lead to an aching back, weakened muscles, and poor posture. Dr. Jacobs advises minimizing long-term health problems by loading the heaviest items closest to the child’s back and arranging books and materials so they won’t slide around in the backpack. Watch this video for more helpful tips from Dr. Jacobs.
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Boston University will celebrate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (GRS’55, Hon.’59) on Monday with an event, Manifest Our Destiny, which will include talks and performances by the BU community. The celebration, one of the largest MLK Day events in Boston, is an annual event which began before the first observance of the national holiday in 1986. Manifest Our Destiny takes place Monday, January 16th at 1 p.m., in the Metcalf Ballroom in the George Sherman Union. The event is free and open to the public, and will also be broadcast live on UStream.
For all of the events scheduled the weekend of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, visit BU Today.
Related Resources: Martin Luther King, Jr. at Boston University
MLK’s Mentor Revealed: Second volume of papers traces Howard Thurman’s thinking pre-BU. (BU Today)
Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Roommate Reminisces: John Bustamante recalls Coretta Scott at Myles Standish, and Dorchester digs. (BU Today)
Paul Farmer on Martin Luther King, Jr.: Keynote address from medical anthropologist Paul Farmer, the founder of the international aid organization Partners in Health, in 2009. (BUniverse video)
Pin His Ear to the Wisdom Post: Martin Luther King, Jr. and the School of Prophets: Martin Luther King, Jr.’s only living sibling, Christine King Farris, is honored at an exhibition of MLK’s archives at Boston University in 2009, hosted by Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center. (BUniverse video)
Above, C.A.K.E. (Culinary Arts and Kitchen Entertainment) hosts a gingerbread house building competition in the George Sherman Union.
While Boston University’s doors are closing shortly for winter break, the holiday spirit is strong on campus and in Boston.
Staying in town for the holidays? BU Today has a full list of suggestions of things to do and see in the city, from seasonal staples like ice skating and last-minute holiday shopping, to museum and theater excursions.
The spirit of service: Learn about Terrier athletes’ recent visits to local elementary schools to read holiday stories.
Intersession worship: Marsh Chapel has posted its schedule for intersession services, including a Christmas Eve candlelight mass, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.