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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...

Ophea Conference: Register before June 24th to save!

Wednesday, June 8, 2016
group photo of people cheering
Don’t miss out on our Conference early bird special! The early bird registration price is only available until June 24, 2016. Our Conference provides teachers, administrators, health and physical education consultants, public health professionals and community leaders the opportunity to; learn,...

Be Sun Safe

Thursday, June 2, 2016
Image of sun with program logo
“Caleb grab the bat from the equipment room, Rachel bring the pitchers mitt and ball, everyone else; follow me outside through the side doors to the field! It’s a beautiful day to play ball!” - Sound familiar? As an educator, coach or recreational volunteer, there’s something about getting active...

May Healthy School Feature

Thursday, May 26, 2016
students in gymnasium assembly
In September 2015 Ophea’s Healthy Schools Certification was launched. We are thrilled to have 182 schools across Ontario committed to making their school community a healthier place. From January – June, we’ll be sharing the experiences of select registered Healthy Schools across Ontario, bringing...

Sexual Violence Prevention in Schools

Friday, May 20, 2016
Taking a Stand: Working together to prevent sexual violence and harassment in schools Guest Written by: Clara Vaz, White Ribbon Campaign What we see and learn as children stays with us as adults. Sexism, gender inequality, homophobia, violence against girls and women are all tied to how we are...