School Nurse Week: Le'ann Pruitt - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

10/2/02

School Nurse Week: Le'ann Pruitt

This week we are celebrating the 100th anniversary of the School Nurse by passing the NewsChannel 11 microphone to local schools for a health tip from their nurse. Wednesday, we went to Mackenzie Junior High with Le'ann Pruitt who has a bone to pick about those brick filled back packs.

"School nurses are beginning to see an increased amount of children's visits to the clinic with complaints of muscle aches, strains, numbness, and tingling to the shoulders and their neck and back. As a result we have to refer these students on to physicians for treatment. What is the cause for this? The heavy weight with the backpacks."

"Sierra weighs 100 pounds but look what her backpack weighs. Got it at 24 pounds. The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons has recommended that backpacks be no more than 10 to 15 % of a child's body weight. This is due to the fact that they are still going through growth spurts and their bones are not fully developed. Le'ann Pruitt, School Nurse at Mackenzie Jr. High."

Nurse Pruitt says kids should at least go to their lockers at lunch to change out their backpack from the morning to the afternoon load.

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