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3 tips to healthier eating this summer

Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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We love that summer means we get to enjoy some of our favourite outdoor food-related activities like visiting farmers markets and entertaining outdoors. But with the ‘regular’ routine of the school/work year not in place, eating healthy may be harder to maintain.  With a bit of planning though you...

One Year to the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games!

Thursday, July 10, 2014
Today marks the 1 year countdown to the Pan Am Games. The Pan Am Games will take place July 10 - 26, 2015 and the Parapan Am Games will take place August 7 - 15, 2015. The Government of Ontario and TO2015 have created a program to help every kid be a Pan Am/Parapan Am Kid. This means children and...

Water Safety Checklist

Wednesday, July 9, 2014
There’s no better way to beat the summer heat than taking a dip in the pool, the ocean or the lake and we know how important safety is when doing any water sport. It’s strongly recommended that both adults and children have water safety knowledge before jumping in, so signup for a swim class and/or...

Changes to Ophea’s Board of Directors

Friday, June 27, 2014
Ophea believes that enabling all children and youth in Ontario to value and enjoy the benefits of healthy, active living is a shared responsibility.  As such, we believe that schools, communities, local business, public health, and recreation all have a role to play, and that is reflected in the...

Activity Day Kits Now Available!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Bringing the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games to kids across Ontario! The TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games are coming in July 2015 and we want to extend the spirit of the Games across the province. Activity Day Kits are designed to get kids active and help them learn about the different...

Ophea’s kick off to summer!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014
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Summer is the perfect opportunity for adults and children to stay physically active and mentally engaged outdoors! With summer vacation approaching, we put together a few ideas to help create a memorable summer experience. Get outsideWe know that because summer (and summer vacation) lasts only a...

Ophea is looking for input from community leaders and youth!

Monday, June 23, 2014
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Ophea is creating a resource to provide community leaders with easy-to-use visual supports that addresses mental health promotion through healthy eating, as well as the impact of substance abuse on mental health. This is for use with children and youth in multiple settings (i.e. classroom, after-...

TGfU – Learning & fun through games and choice

Thursday, June 19, 2014
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The Teaching Games for Understanding (TGfU) approach focuses on helping students build a range of fundamental movement skills while also catering to their diverse needs and interests. For full details on the TGfU approach read our TGfU 101 blog. TGfU promotes a love of games and a joy in being...

PlaySport is back and better than ever!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014
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The updated PlaySport resource is a free, bilingual, activity-based website that makes it easy for educators, coaches and recreation leaders to get kids up and active! PlaySport helps children and youth develop an understanding of and competency with skills and strategies associated with physical...

Teaching Games for Understanding (TGfU) 101

Tuesday, June 17, 2014
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Building physical literacy—defined as the ability to move with competence in a variety of physical activities—is at the heart of Teaching Games for Understanding (TGfU). The approach focuses on helping students learn fundamental movement skills, concepts and principles that they can apply to a...