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5 Stress-Free Ways to End 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...

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
Guest blog by PARC *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 chronic disease through physical activity. Ah … The Family Vacation. A different take on the 3 Rs: Relax...

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...

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...

Creating an Asthma Friendly School

Tuesday, May 17, 2016
 enfants sautant
Saviez-vous que l’asthme touche environ un enfant sur cinq en Ontario et qu’il est l’une des causes premières d’absentéisme à l’école, de visites à l’urgence et d’hospitalisation chez les enfants?[1] Il est important de créer une école attentive à l’asthme afin d’aider les élèves souffrant d’asthme...

Inquiry-Based Learning: An Educator’s Perspective

Friday, May 6, 2016
students running
Q&A featuring Paul André Cyr, EAO, Teacher at St. Marguerite d'Youville 1.   Why do you feel inquiry is such a powerful approach to engage students in learning? Inquiry is empowering. It allows students to gain greater control of their learning, and to become more critical of their progress....

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