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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...

Healthy, Happy Days for Early Learners

Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Children playing in a gymnasium
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...

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...