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Youth: The Leaders of Today

Monday, February 4, 2013
Youths volunteering at a community centre.
How Educators Can Help Students Get Engaged in their Communities According to Sarah Butson, program manager at the Youth Advocacy Training Institute (YATI), “Youth aren’t the leaders of tomorrow. They’re the leaders of today.” As a group, youth are passionate about a range of issues and have energy...

Everyone’s Invited to Get Active and Play it Safe

Monday, January 7, 2013
Children playing in a gymnasium.
Since 1999, the Ontario Safety Guidelines have been assisting educators and coaches across Ontario to reduce risk in physical education, intramural activities/clubs and interschool athletics within schools and school boards—and as of October 2012, the Safety Guidelines are available to share with...

Activating the Home-School Connection in H&PE

Sunday, September 30, 2012
A parent helping out at a school potluck lunch.
How to Harness the Power of Parents Anyone who’s ever tried to stick to a healthy diet in a house where the cupboards are loaded with cookies, or commit to a jogging schedule in a neighbourhood with busy roads and no walking trails can tell you—willpower alone only gets you so far. Without support...

Everyone’s Talking about Everyone Jump!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Children running while playing outside.
A Free Resource to Help Prevent Type 2 Diabetes in Children Chances are you know someone with diabetes. After all, with more than 9 million Canadians affected, the often debilitating and sometimes fatal disease is wide-spread and well-known. What you may not realize, however, is that the majority...

Teaching H&PE for the First Time? Don’t Panic! Help is Close at Hand!

Friday, August 24, 2012
Students getting ready to run a race in a gymnasium.
If you’re going to be teaching Health and Physical Education (H&PE) for the first time this September, you may have a few concerns. After all, compared to your cozy classroom, the gym can seem like a big, echoing, empty space... but, never fear! Ophea is on your side! Between our step-by-step...

Take it Outside! Practical Strategies for Being Active Outside

Friday, June 29, 2012
Children playing outside on a field.
Feeling cooped up? Need a change of scenery? We all do from time to time; so why stay in when you can take it outside? Using outdoor facilities is an excellent way to include a wider range of activities in your physical activity programming and introduce students or campers to places they can go...

Healthy Bodies & Minds

Wednesday, May 30, 2012
High school students working in a classroom
How the H&PE Curriculum is Laying the Foundation for a Lifetime of Positive Mental Health When we hear the phrase ‘mental health’ we often think about illnesses like depression, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder—but mental health is more than the absence of disease. According to the World...

Technology in Motion

Thursday, May 3, 2012
Young students using an iPad in a gymnasium setting.
How Information and Communications Technology is Enhancing H&PE in Ontario Schools Smart phones, tablets and laptops... these days, they’re everywhere you look. And while it might seem like all this screen time is isolating us and reducing our levels of physical activity, there’s a flip side to...

Making Kids’ Health a Community Priority

Friday, March 30, 2012
Children huddled around.
How School & Community Partnerships are Helping Kids Get Healthier Whether they’re teaching kindergarten students early reading skills, walking seventh graders through their first algebraic equations or out in the school yard, reinforcing lessons about the importance of treating one another...

Food for Thought

Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Food being served at a potluck lunch.
How Ontario Schools Can Help Kids Make Good Food Choices March is Nutrition Month and dietitians across Canada are reminding us that good food choices are vital to our health and well-being. This year’s theme is ‘Get the Real Deal on Your Meal’ and the focus is on busting popular food and...