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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...

One Year to the TORONTO 2015 Parapan Am Games!

Monday, August 11, 2014
Parapan Am Games Week
August 7th marked the 1 year countdown to the Pan Am Games. The Pan Am Games will take place August 7-15, 2015 and the Pan Am Games will take place July 10-26, 2015. The Parapan Am Games will include the best para-athletes in the Americas and Caribbean — more than 1,600 — who will participate in...

Get Active on Vacation

Wednesday, July 30, 2014
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We love that vacation time with the family can include summer trips away from home! Here are our top tips for staying active and eating healthy when travelling. Want a fun summer challenge for the whole family? See how many activities you can check off our list while on your family vacation. Take a...

3 tips to healthier eating this summer

Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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We love that summer means we get to enjoy some of our favourite outdoor food-related activities like visiting farmers markets and entertaining outdoors. But with the ‘regular’ routine of the school/work year not in place, eating healthy may be harder to maintain.  With a bit of planning though you...

One Year to the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games!

Thursday, July 10, 2014
Today marks the 1 year countdown to the Pan Am Games. The Pan Am Games will take place July 10 - 26, 2015 and the Parapan Am Games will take place August 7 - 15, 2015. The Government of Ontario and TO2015 have created a program to help every kid be a Pan Am/Parapan Am Kid. This means children and...

Water Safety Checklist

Wednesday, July 9, 2014
There’s no better way to beat the summer heat than taking a dip in the pool, the ocean or the lake and we know how important safety is when doing any water sport. It’s strongly recommended that both adults and children have water safety knowledge before jumping in, so signup for a swim class and/or...

Changes to Ophea’s Board of Directors

Friday, June 27, 2014
Ophea believes that enabling all children and youth in Ontario to value and enjoy the benefits of healthy, active living is a shared responsibility.  As such, we believe that schools, communities, local business, public health, and recreation all have a role to play, and that is reflected in the...