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Amica Insurance has 6 tips for National School Backpack Awareness Day

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LINCOLN, R.I. - Wednesday, Sept. 20, is National School Backpack Awareness Day, so Amica Insurance is offering some tips to make sure your child has a backpack that is both safe and comfortable.

According to the American Chiropractic Association, a backpack should be no more than 10 percent of a child’s bodyweight. Backpacks that are too heavy can lead to back and shoulder pain, and even poor posture. That’s why Amica is sharing the following tips from the National Safety Council:

  • Choose a backpack that fits properly. It should never be wider or longer than the child’s torso, and it shouldn’t hang more than four inches below the waist.
  • Make sure the backpack’s back and shoulder straps are padded.
  • The backpack should have hip and chest belts to help transfer some of the weight to the hips and torso.
  • Multiple compartments will help better distribute the weight throughout the backpack.
  • Compression straps on the sides or bottom will help to stabilize the backpack’s contents.
  • Backpacks with reflective material make it easier to see children when they’re traveling to and from school.

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Amica Mutual Insurance Co., the nation’s oldest mutual insurer of automobiles, was founded in 1907. The company, based in Lincoln, Rhode Island, is a national writer of auto, home, marine and umbrella insurance. Life coverage is available through Amica Life Insurance Company, a wholly owned subsidiary. Amica employs more than 3,800 people in 44 offices across the country. For more information, visit

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