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  •   Home > News > Education

    Heavy backpacks are a strain on teens' health

    Heavy backpacks are a strain on teens' health


    An Otago University study's found the average Otago teen carries 5.2 kilograms to school and back.

    Another 10 percent of students carry a second two kilo bag.

    Associate Professor Sandra Mandic says this is a significant issue for teenagers, with one-third saying their bag is too heavy to walk or bike to school.

    She says reducing the weight could encourage more active trips to school.

    © 2022 Newstalk ZB, NZCity

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