Monthly Archives: August 2017

Back-to-School: Buying Backpacks That Won’t Hurt Their Backs

provided by Cadence Sports Therapy

With Calgary students returning to the classroom in a few short weeks, back-to-school shopping is a top priority for parents. While students may have strong ideas about what backpack they want to be sporting for the new year, to prevent long-term injuries, Dr. Angela Pucci urges parents to consider features, other than aesthetics, when selecting backpacks.

“Kids are super resilient, let’s keep them that way by treating their little bodies properly,” Dr. Pucci explains. Research, including a 2010 study from the University of California, San Diego, indicates that too heavy backpacks significantly increases back pain in children. With the body out of proper alignment when carrying a heavy backpack, shoulders, hips and knees also are strained.

As a mother of two and a passionate Chiropractor, Dr. Angela Pucci has a few tips for parents to keep in mind while out shopping for new backpacks, and throughout the remainder of the school year:

  • Look for Styles with Multiple Compartments: A backpack that has different areas to store items means that there are more options to distribute weight.
  • Consider a Waist Belt: A waist belt allows the weight of the backpack to be more evenly distributed across the body.
  • Use a Bathroom Scale: You may not have ever considered weighing your child’s backpack, but the contents shouldn’t be over 10-15% of your child’s body weight (i.e. a child that weighs 90 pounds shouldn’t carry a backpack over 9-13.5 pounds).
  • Use Both Straps on the Bag: Picking up and using the bag properly can be more challenging to get your kids to do, but their muscles may become strained if they sling the bag over their shoulder or chest, or have a bag with only one strap – encourage children to use both straps on their backpacks.

Dr. Angela Pucci enjoys treating people of all ages and stages of life, including school age children. She is certified in Active Release Techniques, Graston Technique, Kinesiotape, Custom Orthotic Therapy, and Acupuncture. Visit www.cadencesportstherapy.com for more information.

August is Festival Month in Calgary!

Just one more month of summer – looking for things to do? August and September are full of an incredible variety of festivals and special events all around the city!

Inglewood Sunfest
Saturday Aug 5, 2017 at 11:00 am – 6:00 pm; Seize the Sunfest! There is an activity for all ages: a jump in the bouncer for kids, discovering a great new band, being wowed by amazing street performers, and more! For all of the details, visit the website. www.inglewoodsunfest.ca

Heritage Day at Fort Calgary
Monday Aug 7, 2017 at 9:00 am – 5:00 pm; Heritage Day at Fort Calgary. Bring the kids and experience Calgary’s multicultural heritage. Free family-friendly activities are part of Historic Calgary Week. Past highlights include community garden tours and games, traditional Indigenous games and stories, powwow dance workshops, and interactive children’s crafts. www.fortcalgary.com

Heritage Day at Heritage Park
Monday Aug 7, 2017 at 10:00 am – 5:00 pm; Interpreters will bring history to life in the homes, shops, and on the streets! Visit exhibits; take a spin on the antique midway, a cruise on a paddlewheel boat, or tour the park on an authentic steam train. Play traditional Aboriginal games, train to be a voyageur, and march with Mounties! For more information, visit the website. www.heritagepark.ca

Heritage Day Festival
Monday Aug 7, 2017 at 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm; Join for the 40th Annual Heritage Day Festival at Olympic Plaza! Come for 6 hours of multicultural performances, ethnic foods, and unique handicrafts. Explore the Indian Village, get your face painted into a lion, jump in a bouncy castle, frolic in the water, try a new dish, or simply soak up the sun in front of the stage and enjoy the folk performances. This is a free family event! www.facebook.com/events/1344574348933052/

Taste of Calgary
Aug 10, 2017 – Aug 13, 2017 at 11:00 am – 9:00 pm; Takes place from August 10 to 13. Taste of Calgary, the city’s most appetizing outdoor festival of food and drinks, is back for its 21st year at Eau Claire’s festival plaza. This year’s blend of international cuisines will treat your taste buds to flavors from African, East Indian, Italian, Asian and others; all represented by over 60 of Calgary’s most unique restaurants and beverage companies. Come down and try sample-sized menu items that are perfect for a bite-size taste of Calgary’s great cuisine and most unique beverages. Buy Taste sampling tickets for $1 each right at the event and use them to pay for any of the food or beverage menu items at the festival. Admission to the festival is free and includes a taste of Calgary’s incredible local entertainers live on the Main Stage! www.tasteofcalgary.com

Sweet Summer Corn Festival at the Calgary Corn Maze & Fun Farm
Saturday Aug 12, 2017 at 10:00 am – 4:00 pm; Sweet Summer Corn Festival at the Calgary Corn Maze & Fun Farm. Enjoy pony rides, a corn-eating contest, corn crafts, a petting zoo, mini-golf, wagon and train rides, and more! www.calgarycornmaze.com

Marda Gras Street Festival
Sunday Aug 13, 2017 at 10:00 am – 5:00 pm; Enjoy live music, dance, and cultural performances, a fun kids area, unique shopping, and an abundance of great food! For more information, visit the website. www.mardagras.ca

GlobalFest
Aug 15, 2017 – Aug 26, 2017 at 6:00 pm – 11:30 pm; GlobalFest is an explosively multicultural festival that will take place from August 15 to 26. GlobalFest is proud to partner once again with Trico Homes for the International Fireworks Festival and Sunbelt Rentals for the OneWorld Festival. The Trico Homes International Fireworks Festival illuminates the night sky every August with a symphony of pyrotechnics and music, coming together as an artistic display of light and sound.Sunbelt Rentals OneWorld Festival will play host to various activities including live performances, cultural pavilions, ethnic food booths, and a night market. www.globalfest.ca

ReggaeFest
Aug 17, 2017 – Aug 19, 2017; Experience why this family-friendly event has become the premier summer Reggae Festival! Chill out with a brew in the Village, hang with the kids in the Zone, savor the flavors of island spices, and much more! For more information, scheduling, and to purchase tickets, visit the website. www.reggaefest.ca

Expo Latino Festival
Aug 18, 2017 – Aug 20, 2017; The biggest Latin festival in Western Canada! There will be world-class performances, sizzling dancing, exotic food, and an art market. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the website. www.expolatino.com

Alberta Open Farm Days
Aug 19, 2017 – Aug 20, 2017; Alberta Open Farm Days is about farmers and ranchers inviting their urban and rural neighbours to stop in for a visit to share stories, see demonstrations, and learn more about the farmers who grow their food. As well, some of Alberta’s most talented chefs and rural communities will be hosting a memorable series of farm-to-table culinary events that will be held around the province using Alberta farm products. Admission is free. www.albertafarmdays.com

Country Kickback at Heritage Park Historical Village
Aug 26, 2017 – Aug 27, 2017 at 10:00 am – 5:00 pm; Experience ‘How the West Was Once’ out on the farm during Country Kickback at Heritage Park. Watch antique steam farm equipment at work in the fields, cheer on the slow tractor races, and gather a team for the family-fun kickback challenge! For more information, visit the website. www.heritagepark.ca