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Growing Healthier & Stronger Together

Monday, January 5, 2015
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How the new Foundations for a Healthy School Resource is Boosting Student & Community Engagement Health and learning go hand in hand. As an educator or program leader, you’ve no doubt seen it first-hand in the classroom, and you’ve likely heard that research backs it up. Not only have studies...

When it Comes to Concussions Being Prepared is the Best Policy

Tuesday, October 7, 2014
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The Ophea Concussion Protocol guides school boards in developing policies for the prevention, identification & management of concussions. Concussions are traumatic brain injuries. They’re caused by a blow to the head or body, by a fall or by another injury that jars or shakes the brain inside...

Working Together, Walking Together

Tuesday, September 2, 2014
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How Active Transportation is Strengthening Communities & Helping York Region Students Lead Healthy, Active Lives When it comes to using forms of active transportation—such as walking or biking to school—the Active Healthy Kids Canada Report Card[i] has once again given Canadian children a...

A Renewed Focus on Student Well-Being

Monday, May 5, 2014
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Recent initiatives sure to foster the development of healthier, happier students. Students who feel better learn better, but well-being is about much more than physical health. True well-being also requires mental health and is inextricably linked to a child’s emotional state and to a supportive...

Healthy Planet, Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities

Monday, April 7, 2014
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How Greener Schools Lead to Healthier Living They say ‘without your health, you’ve got nothing,’ and the same can be said for the health of our planet. After all, we depend on the environment for everything we need to survive and thrive—from the air we breathe, to the water we drink and the food we...

The Difference 20 Minutes a Day Makes

Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Students participating in classroom DPA.
Why Daily Physical Activity Matters & How to Find the Time In 2005, the Government of Ontario announced that every elementary student in Ontario must take part in a minimum of 20 minutes of daily physical activity (DPA) as part of the government's Healthy Schools Program. DPA must consist of at...

Everyone in the Game!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014
Students in wheelchairs with other students and teacher taking part in a phys. ed class.
“Inclusion is not bringing people into what already exists; it is making a new space, a better space, for everyone” - George Dei, 2006 Taking part in daily physical activity is a vital part of any child’s development. It not only helps children to develop physical literacy—the ability to move with...

Healthy, Happy Days for Early Learners

Tuesday, November 5, 2013
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Tips & Tools for Creating a Healthy Full-Day Kindergarten Classroom  The roll out of full-day kindergarten across the province (set to be completed in September 2014) hasn’t come without some growing pains... but based on recent research from Queen’s University and the Offord Centre for Child...

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...

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