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Position statements convey the opinion and recommendations of Ophea and are based on contemporary, relevant, and evidence-informed research. Ophea is committed to ensuring that all children and youth value and enjoy the lifelong benefits of healthy, active living and as such, provides position statements, recommendations or response papers on issues concerning health and physical education, chronic disease prevention, and health promotion, among other health and physical activity related topics in order to advocate for inclusive policies that enhance active health across the province.


Increasing and Coordinating School Health Investments in Ontario - 2018 Pre-Budget Submission

February 2018 - As part of the pre-budget consultation process, Ophea recently submitted recommendations that the government focus on deeper implementation existing policies to enable children and youth to build the knowledge and skills needed to lead healthy, active lives. Ophea believes that in order to have the greatest impact efforts should focus on the school setting, as research has shown that implementing health interventions within schools has a positive impact on student health behaviours, assists in making connections to the broader community, and is a cost-effective approach to supporting health policies. Key components of a school engagement strategy include deeper implementation of the Health and Physical Education (H&PE) Curriculum, reinforcing positive health behaviours through Ophea’s Healthy Schools Certification, and support for daily physical activity across the school day.

Ophea’s complete 2018 Pre-Budget Submission

Screen Time and Physical Activity Levels for Early Years, Children and Youth: Evidence Energizer

February 2018 - The recently released Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines suggest that we take a whole day approach, and argue that the combination of various behaviours is more important than any individual behaviour in isolation.This Evidence Energizer presents Ophea’s key messages related to screen time and physical activity for early years, children, and youth, and provides an evidence-based rationale for each message along with a complete bibliography of sources.

Evidence Energizer: Screen Time and Physical Activity Levels for Early Years, Children and Youth


Activating a Culture of Health and Well-Being in Ontario - 2017 Pre-Budget Submission

January 2017 - As part of the pre-budget consultation process, Ophea submitted recommendations that the government start translating policy into results. From the revised 2015 Health and Physical Education curriculum, to the Foundations for a Healthy School, to the Healthy Kids Strategy, to the Healthy Choices Act, Ontario has made significant investments in the development of key policies that not only promote health and well-being, but aim to make it easier for people to make healthy choices. The reality, however, is that while these foundational building blocks are now in place, kids are still facing significant health risks from lack of physical activity and sleep, to living with food insecurity, to an overabundance of anxiety and mental health challenges, and substance use including the process of legalizing marijuana .  What’s needed is not additional policy, but effective and coordinated implementation of these progressive strategies with a focus on equity and sustainability. This includes strong leadership from government, clear and consistent coordination between ministries, and additional, sustainable funding.

Physical Activity In the Elementary School Setting: Evidence Energizer 

This Evidence Energizer presents Ophea’s key messages related to physical activity in the elementary school setting, and provides an evidence-based rationale for each message along with a complete bibliography of sources. These key messages are relevant to anyone promoting physical activity and the implementation of quality H&PE in elementary schools in Ontario.

Evidence Energizer: Physical Activity in the Elementary School Setting


Quality Assessment to Support the Development of Physical Literacy Skills in Health and Physical Education Position Paper

Ophea and OASPHE (joint subject associations for Health and Physical Education) released a position on quality assessment in Physical Literacy at the Ophea Conference, October 15, 2015.  This position is aligned with the 2015 Health and Physical Education Curriculum and related Ontario policies.  The position is relevant for educators, public health and others supporting assessment within the educational context. Production and dissemination support has been provided by the Physical Activity Resource Centre (PARC).

Full Length Position Paper

One Page Position Paper


Addressing Human Development and Sexual Health within the Ontario Health and Physical Education Curriculum: Statement of Principles

June 2014 - Ophea and OASPHE have developed the following statements which are principled criteria for sexual health education which we believe should guide discussion and consideration of the curriculum. These Principles are consistent with the Canadian Guidelines for Sexual Health Education and the Fundamental Principles for Health and Physical Education, Ontario curriculum (Health and Physical Education).

Statement of Principles - Sexual Health

Ensuring the Well-Being and Health of 2.1 Million Kids - 2014 Pre-Budget Submission

February 2014 - As part of the pre-budget consultation process, Ophea submitted recommendations that the government take immediate action to ensure that kids are given the tools needed for positive health. The health and well-being of every student in Ontario matters. There’s no time to wait until the updated H&PE curriculum is released. Students need and a committed government ready to take a leadership role in their health now.

2014 Pre-Budget Submission