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Celebrate Media Literacy Week

Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Kids looking at computer screen
Media Literacy Week is November 3-7, 2014 and is co-led by the Canadian Teachers’ Federation and Media Smarts. The purpose of Media Literacy week is to help parents, educators and children better understand and interpret content in this digital world. What is Media Literacy? In this age of digital...

It’s All Fun and Games

Thursday, October 30, 2014
Kids playing with parachute
We love having fun while staying active! Our challenge for you this week is to play a few group games and fitness activities that you’ve never done before or haven’t done in a while. Try them in the school gymnasium, schoolyard or at home with your family and share your results with us! Here are a...

It’s International Walk to School Week!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014
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This week is International Walk to School Week, so we want to tell you about the value of active transportation, and share some tips on how you can make walking to school a reality. Active transportation is an easy and effective form of physical activity that fits in perfectly with a student’s...

Milk. Really keeps kids going.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014
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Studies show that well-nourished students can concentrate longer and perform better in school, but did you know that 1/3 of our children are not consuming the recommended daily number of servings of Milk and Alternatives? Instead, they’re filling up on less nutritious options such as soda, fruit-...

Ophea is a finalist in the Play Exchange Challenge!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Ophea Staff excited!
Ophea is excited to be 1 of 6 finalists in the Play Exchange Challenge. The Play Exchange received 422 ideas from across Canada for empowering people to make healthier choices. Six challenge finalists have now been selected by the Play Exchange panel of expert judges. As a finalist we will be...

Healthy lunches made easy

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
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 As role models who lead our children by example and inspire our future generations, it’s important to set the standard on eating healthy and managing meals. We’ve put together a few of our best tips on how to start creating a well-managed and healthier lunch experience for all. Feel free to share...

SMART goals for back to school

Thursday, September 4, 2014
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School is back in session and a new year means a new opportunity for teachers and students to start goal setting for a successful year. Here’s an example of how SMART goals can be used in any educational environment. S is for “specific”. Specific goals are clearly defined and focused so that all...

Ready, set, back to school!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014
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The last few weeks of summer is a good time for parents and educators to start practicing back-to-school routines to help reduce stresses that usually occur when the school season rolls around.  Read on for ideas to promote a healthy and successful start to the new school year. Routines for...

A stress-free summer wind down

Tuesday, August 19, 2014
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With the summer slowly coming to a close, it’s a good reminder for both adults and children to enjoy and savour the last days of the season. We've created a list of our Top 10 ways to stay healthy, physically active and stress-free as we near the end of summer.  10. Finish your summer reading list...

Health and Physical Education (H&PE) Curriculum Update

Wednesday, August 13, 2014
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It’s Happening! At the end of July, the Minister of Education made a public commitment to undertake additional consultations on HDSH (human development and sexual health) and to release the grades 1-12 H&PE curriculum for implementation in schools by September 2015. This will result in better...