South Windsor Neck & Back - September 2018

The Problem With Heavy Backpacks

Your Child’s Shoulders A WEIGHT ON

The kids are back in school, and you know what that means: relief that you don’t have to keep them entertained every moment of the day mixed with the stress of shuttling them to a huge number of sports practices and extracurricular activities. But for your kid, the hardest part of school won’t be their first algebra test — it’ll be the 30-pound backpack warping their spine throughout the semester. In 2009, Consumer Reports ran a study on how extra-durable backpacks were affecting the amount of weight young kids were carrying. They discovered that, between the second to fourth grades, most kids’ workloads weighed around five pounds. But by sixth grade, backpack weight ranged from 18 pounds all the way up to a whopping 30. It should be pretty obvious that if you lug around a massive weight on your back every day, you’re going to end up with some back issues. This goes double for kids. It’s recommended that kids don’t wear backpacks that are more than 10 to 20 percent of their weight. So, if an average 12-year-old boy weighs

91 pounds, his backpack should be no more than 9.1–18.2 pounds — and preferably toward the lighter end of that spectrum. Of course, kids today are under more strain than ever, lugging around denser and more serious textbooks than we did when we were young. Because they’re forced to weigh themselves down day in and day out, it’s important to address the issue before it becomes serious. Regular chiropractic adjustments can go a long way in preventing back pain and injury in patients of all ages, no matter how heavy their load may be. By assessing their particular body structure and guiding the spine and bones toward proper alignment, your child’s anatomy will have the support it needs to foster healthy growth and development for years to come. Don’t let heavy backpacks diminish your child’s well-being. Call South Windsor Neck & Back today at 860.644.2437 and give your child the help he or she needs to avoid pain and injury well into the future.

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Angie Colby’s Sausage and Broccolini Risotto

We knowhowhard it can be to find time to get dinner ready once the kids are back in school. Fortunately, Angie has a delicious, healthy recipe you canwhip up in no time!


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3 tablespoons unsalted butter

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1 cup Arborio rice

1 bunch (about 8 ounces) broccolini, roughly chopped 12 ounces sweet Italian sausage, casings removed

1 clove garlic, minced 1/3 cup dry white wine

2 cups low-sodium chicken broth 1 14-ounce can diced tomatoes

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1/2 medium onion, finely chopped 1 medium carrot, finely chopped

1 cup water

1 cup grated fontina cheese


1. Heat oven to 450 F. On stovetop, melt 1 tablespoon of butter in an ovenproof pot over high heat. Add broccolini and stir-fry 3–4 minutes until tender. Transfer broccolini to plate and set aside. 2. Add sausage, onion, and carrot to pot and brown the meat. Add rice and garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add wine and cook until evaporated. Add chicken broth, tomatoes, and water. Cover pot and bring to a boil. 3. Move pot to oven and bake for 15 minutes. Once rice is tender, remove pot from oven and add 2 tablespoons of butter and fontina cheese. Stir vigorously until creamy, then mix in broccolini. Serve hot and enjoy!

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