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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...

Lessons for a Lifetime of Living Well

Monday, January 30, 2012
Students stacking cups.
How an integrated approach to living skills is setting students up for long-term health & success What does a game of floor hockey, a lacrosse drill or a yoga lesson have to do with personal development? If you’re a student in an Ontario health and physical education (H&PE) class, the...

Active Play: Fun and Fundamental

Thursday, January 12, 2012
Children running across a field.
Have you noticed that playgrounds and neighbourhood streets aren’t bustling with kids playing like they used to be a generation ago? You’re not alone. Play comes in many forms, but it is generally freely chosen, spontaneous, self-directed and fun—another way of saying it’s kids being kids....

Playing Out-of-Bounds

Thursday, January 5, 2012
Students running across a gymnasium.
How a “Non-traditional” Approach Can Make H&PE Fun for Everyone There’s no basketball unit in Andrea Häefele’s gym. There’s no floor hockey unit, soccer unit or square dance week, either—but stick around long enough and you’re likely to find students participating in all of these activities,...

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