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Tuesday, January 10, 2012
This year, Ophea and PARC are doing something different, and moving the PARC Symposium! We're looking forward to offering new learning opportunities and new inspiration to get people moving across Ontario. The annual PARC Physical Activity Symposium covers a range of physical activity issues,...

Positive impact of physical activity in schools

Monday, January 2, 2012
Last week the Toronto Star published an update on a school they profiled in May 2011. Regency Acres Public School in Markham, Ontario was just wrapping up the school year, and one of the teachers there had implemented a program in a few classrooms to increase physical activity and measure the...

Teaching children respect and inclusivity

Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Recently the Ontario government introduced legislation which would provide a strong anti-bullying message to children and youth across the province. This week, a group of individuals denounced this piece of legislation - claiming that it was a front for a means of indoctrinating children with a...

The Mental Health Commission of Canada seeks input from Canadian schools on student mental health needs

Friday, December 2, 2011
This message just came in to Ophea this afternoon. If your school has not participated in the survey, or if you are not sure, read on to find out more. The Mental Health Commission of Canada is asking every school in Canada to participate in a survey about school-based mental health and substance...

School Food and Beverage Policy - Information Request

Friday, December 2, 2011
Following is a letter from the Healthy Schools and Student Well-Being Unit of the Ministry of Education - they are looking for input from you! The Ministry of Education is in the process of developing resources to support secondary school teachers with the implementation of the School Food and...

Help prepare children and youth for a world in which HIV and AIDS continues to be a reality

Thursday, December 1, 2011
Did you know that today, December 1st, is World AIDS Day? It has been observed since 1988, and was the first global health day. The intent of World AIDS Day is for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have...

New curriculum would teach respect

Friday, November 18, 2011
Ophea's Board President, Dr. James Mandigo, is taking a public stand regarding the finalization of the 2010 elementary Health and Physical Education Curriculum (currently in an interim state) and release of the revised secondary curriculum. In an opinion piece in the Hamilton spectator titled 'New...

Making Cents of the Elementary Health and Physical Education Curriculum: Connecting Financial Literacy with H&PE

Friday, November 4, 2011
Do you think Ontario students need to be financially literate to make more informed choices in a complex and rapidly changing world? Do you think being financially literate can help students succeed? Do you think learning to be financially literate contributes to the development of knowledgeable,...

Celebrating achievements within the sector

Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Each year Ophea recognizes individuals and organizations who have contributed advancing the health and well being of children and youth in Ontario through the Ophea Awards. The following awards were distributed at the 2011 Ophea Conference on October 14, 2011: Award of Distinction - Nancy Schad...

The Facts About Ontario’s “Sex Ed” Curriculum: Why Ontario’s Students Need Quality Health and Physical Education

Thursday, October 6, 2011
Ophea has been supporting Health and Physical Education (H&PE) in Ontario for over 90 years. As an organization, we have never seen so much public awareness and dialogue about this issue as we have in the past year – unfortunately, all we have been talking about is sex, and we have not been...

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