August 17th, 2012
01:27 PM ET

Best way to handle children's college debt?

CNN's Poppy Harlow interviews two money experts on ways to start planning for college costs while your kids are still young.

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Filed under: At Home • College
August 17th, 2012
04:16 AM ET

How to shoulder a backpack

By Carl Azuz, CNN

(CNN) – Pediatric orthopedist Dr. David Marshall is concerned about the weight that students shoulder from their backpacks.

"We're starting to see more and more back pain complaints in the doctors' and the sports medicine offices, and the question is:  Is there a correlation between backpacks and back pain?"

It's true that they're a campus standard when it comes to carrying books, notebooks, computers, papers and pencils around.  But experts say a backpack's weight should be limited to about 10 – 15% of a student's body weight.

If a traditional backpack exceeds that, you may want to consider a rolling backpack (the kind that looks like luggage).

Those who do carry their school supplies on their shoulders can take a few steps to better distribute the weight.

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Filed under: College • Elementary school • High school • Middle school • Safety