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Ophea Healthy Schools Registration Now Open!

Friday, September 9, 2016
students form a huddle while raising Healthy Schools banner in center
We are excited to announce that registration for Ophea’s Healthy Schools Certification for the 2016/17 school year is now open! Registration is open to 350 publicly funded schools in Ontario (Catholic and public, French and English) based on first come, first served. Registration will remain open...

Get ready to celebrate the Paralympic Games!

Thursday, September 1, 2016
students playing basketball in wheelcharir
The Olympic Games aren’t over yet! The 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro will be in full swing September 7th - 18th! Get ready for eleven days packed with exciting events such as table tennis, judo, powerlifting, and sailing. Here are a few tips to help you and your students get into the...

5 Stress-Free Ways to Finish Off the Summer

Thursday, August 25, 2016
male on bike with sky in the background
Summer is coming to a close, which means school is fast approaching. There are plenty of healthy, stress-free ways to enjoy the remaining days of the season and prepare for the upcoming school year. We have a few suggestions: Gather up some friends and family for an end-of-summer picnic at one of...

Help Youth Stretch it Out: 3 Fun Yoga Activities

Thursday, August 11, 2016
two young female students stretcing
Looking for new ways to get children and youth physically and mentally active? Try our Yoga Alphabet Cards! These cards introduce children and youth to the art of yoga while strengthening their physical literacy and language skills. There are plenty of ways to enjoy using the cards. Here are three...

Let the Games Begin!

Thursday, July 28, 2016
Young boy jumping over track and field bar
Are you ready for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro taking place August 5th – 21st? Volleyball, archery, cycling, track and field, swimming, and rowing are just some of the many sports Team Canada will be playing in this year’s games! Get kids into the spirit of the games at home,...

5 tips to get you connected with nature this summer!

Thursday, July 21, 2016
female child gardening
The weather is warm and the sun is shining. It’s the perfect time to get outside, get healthy, and get active. There are plenty of ways to enjoy summer in nature this year. Here are five suggestions. 1. Visit a provincial park: Ontario has over 280 provincial parks for you and your family to...

Energize Your Family Vacation!

Thursday, July 14, 2016
Childr and parent in front of parked car with their hands up
This week we’re highlighting the Physical Activity Resource Centre (PARC) by featuring one of their new Energizer blogs! Established in 2003 and funded by the Government of Ontario, PARC is the Centre of Excellence for physical activity promotion in Ontario with the key objective of reducing...

Get recognized with Ophea Awards and Legacy Funds

Wednesday, July 6, 2016
one teacher with four students posing for picture
Do you know someone who is making a difference in their school community? Nominate them for an Ophea Award! Ophea Awards recognize those who make outstanding contributions to the fields of child and youth health, physical activity, and/or health and physical education. The following awards are...

June Healthy School Feature

Thursday, June 23, 2016
Healthy Schools Team Students posing for picture
In September 2015 Ophea’s Healthy Schools Certification was launched. 113 schools across Ontario completed the 6-Step Healthy Schools Process, making their school community a healthier place. Of those schools, 107 achieved enough points for gold, silver, or bronze certification. This is our last...

Have fun with Ophea’s 50 Fitness Activity Cards this summer!

Thursday, June 16, 2016
50 Fitness Activity Cards
With warm weather here to stay, it’s the perfect opportunity to add some fun and play into your everyday activities. Here are three new ways you can use your favourite Ophea 50 Fitness Activity Cards.  Beanbag Balance Adapted from Ophea’s workshop DPA: Getting Active in Any Space Participants move...