Posted on August 19, 2010 at 6:21 PM
COOL GADGETS FOR BACK TO SCHOOL
1). Airbak www.airbak.com - makes school backpacks easier to carry w/ less strain on the back and protects contents w/ inflatable internal air cushions.
There are more than 15,000 school backpack related injuries every year...
Airbak is a new backpack invention that uses a patented, built-in air cushion technology to prevent back stress and make wearers feel as if they are carrying half the weight or less, as well as protecting the backpack contents, such as a laptop and other valuable gear. Simply pump the air pocket to the desired level, taking only seconds, and the Airbak's inflated air pockets surround the contents with a shield of air and allow the pack to spread the weight more evenly throughout the back than a standard backpack, with the majority of the weight distributed to the core muscles of the hips and waist and resting easily on the top of the wearer's gluteal muscles (rear end). 49.99, airbak.com
A definite upgrade from the brown paper bag or plain insulated sack... Sachi Bags are the most fashionable lunch bags on the market, coming in a variety of styles and designs, while still being very functional with its spacious, insulated storage area. Great for kids of all ages. 18.99, amazon.com
3). Eyeport www.exerciseyoureyes.com - helping kids learn better by enabling their eye-brain connection to process more information more quickly.
Studies show time and time again that poor vision performance is a critically important factor in reading and other academic skill development... Eyeport is a vision training system that improves visual performance naturally in less than 10 minutes a day. Through a combination of sound, color and light, the Eyeport optimizes the ability of the eyes to aim, track, focus and work together as a team. Kids using the Eyeport have drastically improved test scores in reading comprehension, reading speed, mathematics and other areas in every clinical test conducted. $199.99, exerciseyoureyes.com
4). FreshHangers www.freshhanger.com - making school clothes last longer and look and smell better with every wearing.
No kid wants to have their clothes smell musty... FreshHangers are covers that fit on any standard clothes hangers that utilize activated carbon technology to rid clothes of damaging or odor-causing substances. Protects clothes from deterioration and fading while in the closet. It literally absorbs everything from chemical odors and smoke to dampness and chlorine residue, deodorizing clothes and leaving them cleaner and fresher.
5). Sound Oasis www.sound-oasis.com - the first sound therapy system designed by sleep experts to encourage better sleep rhythms. $12.99, freshhanger.com
Typical music is not a good option for kids to fall asleep to... The Sound Oasis system was designed by sleep experts to promote active mental recovery and improve sleep rhythms, allowing users to wake up refreshed and mentally energized. A must-have for the student who wakes up for school in a daze.
6). BumpyNames www.inchbug.com - for the preschool/kindergartener; super-easy personalized elastic orbit labels that fit over any drink or snack container, making sure kids and teachers know which container belongs to which kid.
Switched snack and drink containers is the best way to spread sicknesses from kid to kid... The BumpyName Personalized Orbit Labels make it easy to ensure a child and their teacher will know which container belongs to which kid. $8.99/pack, Inchbug.com
BAYLOR REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER AT GRAPEVINE
To get more information or find a specialist to help you stay up to date you can call 1-800-4BAYLOR or log on to www.BaylorHealth.com/GMT . There you’ll find a special Back to School Health Section with a complete list of CDC recommended vaccinations for all age groups, advice on how to get your kids back on a good sleep schedule and even tips for packing healthy school lunches.
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