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UNICEF's Report on the Well-being of Children Living in Canada

Tuesday, April 16, 2013
A recent report from UNICEF says that Canada lags on childhood wellbeing.  A number of different rankings were used to inform the report including; children’s material well-being, health and safety, education, behaviours and risk and housing and environment. Perhaps most disturbing were the...

Five Reasons Health Promoters Shouldn’t Miss PARC Symposium 2013

Thursday, April 4, 2013
As a physical activity promoter you are invited to attend professional development conferences year round, so why should you attend the 2013 PARC Symposium? We’ve got 5 reasons why: 1. Keynote speaker Dr. Mike Evans What is the single best thing we can do for our health? This is the question Dr....

Using Phys Ed to Help Students Deal with Tragedy

Thursday, March 21, 2013
As a physical education teacher, I know there are hundreds of benefits for students participating in physical education classes. We know its impact on physical fitness, fundamental movement skills, cooperation and so many more. But recent events have led me to believe that we need to add another...

New Report: Ready, Set, Go: Building Healthy Schools in Ontario

Monday, March 18, 2013
Ophea supports today’s release of People for Education’s new report, Ready, Set, Go: Building Healthy Schools in Ontario, now available online here. The report states that “Ontario’s schools hold the potential to improve children’s chances for success—academically, physically, socially and...

"...There is never a wrong time to do the right thing."

Thursday, March 7, 2013
Ophea's CEO, Chris Markham, has responded to Bob Hepburn's opinion piece printed in the Toronto Star titled, Premier Kathleen Wynne faces risky choice on sex-ed curriculum. With all due respect to Bob Hepburn there is never a wrong time to do the right thing.  We need to stop politicizing this...

Ophea Responds to the Speech from the Throne

Wednesday, February 20, 2013
The Speech from the Throne provides a thoughtful way forward.  The commitment to health promotion, mental health and the prioritization of education and inclusion are the building blocks of a fair society.  Ophea’s strongly supports the notion that we must all work together to ensure that our young...

Ophea Welcomes New Ministers

Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Ophea welcomes the appointment of a number of new Ministers including Liz Sandals as Minister of Education and Teresa Piruzza as Minister of Children and Youth Services.  We look forward to working with the government of Ontario to advance the many healthy, active living priorities in this province...

Heather Mallick: Those Who Can’t Teach Teach Phys. Ed

Thursday, February 7, 2013
In her editorial, Toronto Star columnist, Heather Mallick, criticizes the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education's idea to install artificial turf, commenting that “those who can’t teach teach Phys. ed.” Ophea’s Executive Director and CEO, Chris Markham, was upset by...

Congratulations Premier Wynne

Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Ophea looks forward to working with the Wynne government to advancing a number of priorities including finalizing the H&PE curriculum.  On the weekend Wynne stated that “we have committed to having a conversation with the parents and the parent community on the health and physical education...

Welcome to the NEW and IMPROVED Ophea.net!

Tuesday, January 8, 2013
You may have noticed some changes on Ophea.net! We have been working hard over the past few months to improve our website to make it easier for you, our community, to access all of Ophea's programs, trainings and resources! You will find that we have revamped our Order section and simplified our...

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