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Heavy School Backpacks May Lead To Injuries

Big Bear City, CA, August 20, 2012, 3:00pm – Children are back in school, and many are heading to school with over-loaded backpacks that can cause injury. According to research, about 50% of children have experienced at least one episode of low back pain, with 15% reporting frequent or continual pain. Research also indicates that this may be due to the improper use of backpacks and the excessive weight of books they carry. To make sure your kids don’t end up with chronic back and spine problems, there are some things you can do. 1. To avoid injury, the weight of the backpack should be less than 10-15% of a child’s body weight. 2. Check the straps – wide straps help carry the weight, and narrow straps can pinch a nerve. If there is a waist strap, use it to help balance the load. 3. Use a lightweight or feather-light, Nylon Bag not a heavy, fancy leather pack – the bag should be as light as possible so you don’t add weight from the bag itself. 4. Avoid the popular messenger bags that are slung over the shoulder – they can cause spine misalignment. 5. Look for rolling packs with wheels so kids can roll the weight, not carry it. 6. Lift it properly – teach children to bend at the knees and lift with their legs. [audio:http://kbhr933.com/wp-content/uploads/SP31648.mp3|titles=School Backpack Tips...

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Big Bear Battles Child Obesity With Campaign To Get Kids Active Outdoors

Big Bear Lake, CA, July 8, 2011, noon –  This summer Big Bear Lake is on board to battle the ongoing epidemic of childhood obesity with its new initiative KIDS. GET OUTDOORS. WIN. The new campaign is designed to promote healthy lifestyles and demonstrate that kids who get active outdoors while on vacation will have loads of fun while keeping fit with the proper amount of exercise. The Big Bear Lake Resort Association is on a mission to prove exercise in the great outdoors is more fun, imaginative and entertaining than video games and other electronic devices that keep kids from appropriate daily exercise. This summer Big Bear introduces a new interactive stamp booklet designed to introduce kids to different outdoor activities. The stamp booklet is similar to a scavenger hunt, which gives kids an opportunity to collect stamps at different locations in Big Bear Lake to win exceptional prizes such as a new mountain bike, new snowboard or grand prize all-inclusive trip to Big Bear. Stamp booklets are available at the Big Bear Visitor Center, 630 Bartlett Road in Big Bear Lake or participating local businesses called Outdoor Fun Spots. Each time a child finishes an activity associated with an Outdoor Fun Spot such as kayaking, canoeing, stand up paddleboarding, wakeboarding or mountain biking, he or she gets the booklet stamped and starts winning from the first stamp...

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Young Eagles Gets Kids Flying

Big Bear, Ca May 8, 2011 3:00 pm – The Young Eagles is an international program with the purpose of inspiring interest in flying.  Members of the Big Bear Pilots Association and the Experimental Aircraft Association take children ages 8 through 17 on short flights from the Big Bear City Airport.  Prior to the flight, the kids meet their pilot, learn about the plane, and go through a preflight inspection.  High above Big Bear, the Young Eagles have a chance to see the valley from a new perspective.  After their flight, participants receive a logbook and can get more involved in flying with a free EAA student membership and online flight school.  The Big Bear pilots volunteer their time, planes, and fuel for the program so there is no cost for the children to participate.   A parent must be present to complete the permission forms.  The Big Bear program has been in place for over 5 years and thousands of children have flown from the Big Bear City Airport.  Young Eagles is held, weather permitting, the second Saturday of each month between April and September each year.  Big Bear’s next Young Eagles program will be Saturday, May 14 from 8:30 until 11:00 am. [audio:http://kbhr933.com/wp-content/uploads/SP30701.mp3|titles=Young Eagles...

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Kiwanis’ Hope for America Celebration

Big Bear, Ca May 2, 2011 9:00 am – The Kiwanis Club of Big Bear Valley will honor 22 students at a ceremony to be held at the Performing Arts Center tonight.  Kiwanis is a global volunteer organization dedicated to “changing the world, one child and one community at a time.”  Hope for America is a program of Kiwanis’ California-Nevada-Hawaii Foundation, recognizing and encouraging students who demonstrate leadership, good character, and a devotion to learning.  The Big Bear students receiving the awards have been selected by their school teachers and principals.  Each student will be presented with a CNH Foundation plaque, a $100 savings bond, and share with the audience their achievements and future plans.  Prior to the awards presentation, the High School Jazz Band will perform beginning at 6:30 pm.  The public is invited to attend, free of charge....

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Earth Day at the Big Bear Discovery Center

This year’s Earth Day celebrations at the Big Bear Discovery Center on Saturday include something for the entire family.  The new mobile Forest Explorer van will be visiting, with interactive displays showing a healthy forest, as well as information for homeowners on how to thin trees in their yards and help to make neighborhoods firesafe.  A group of youth volunteers, including a local homeschool group will be offering ongoing solar oven demonstrations and crafts between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm, and an adult volunteer will tell stories at 12:30 pm.  The regularly scheduled nature walks will are leaving the bronze grizzly in front of the Discovery Center at 1:00 and 2:00 pm and the Adventure Outpost store will be open for browsing between activities.  The Big Bear Discovery Center is on the north side of the lake at 40971 North Shore Drive, in Fawnskin.  Call 909-866-3437 for additional information. [audio:http://kbhr933.com/wp-content/uploads/SP306421.mp3|titles=Earth Day 2011 at the Big Bear Discovery...

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