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Clearing the Air About Cannabis: Medical Cannabis

Tuesday, December 3, 2019
We have received multiple questions on the evidence behind medical cannabis, so have broadened the scope of this month’s issue to provide you with some answers. Read on to learn more about medical cannabis, how to approach and support conversations with students or other teachers, and resources...

Beginning the Discussion: An Overview of the 2019 Elementary Health and Physical Education Curriculum

Thursday, November 21, 2019
With the recent release of the 2019 Health and Physical Education (H&PE) elementary curriculum, Ophea is committed to supporting educators through providing professional learning opportunities throughout the 2019/2020 school year. In October, we hosted English and French webinars to support...

Get Girls Active with FitSpirit

Thursday, November 14, 2019
FitSpirit motivates grade 7-12 girls in Ontario schools to become physically active and inspires them to stay active throughout their lives. Ophea is partnering with FitSpirit to promote the FitSpirit program to schools in Ontario. We all believe that all kids have the right to enjoy the lifelong...

Clearing the Air About Cannabis: What is Vaping?

Tuesday, November 5, 2019
What do teachers need to know to support discussions with other teachers, discussions between teachers and students as well as teachers and parents, guardians and caregivers? And what do students need to know and be able to do in order to make informed decisions about Vaping?  With the recent...

A Journey through Canada’s NEW Food Guide: What Educators Need to Know

Tuesday, November 5, 2019
In September, Ophea hosted two webinars (one in English and one in French) to introduce Canada’s new food guide to educators; through identifying connections to the 2019 Health and Physical Education (H&PE) elementary curriculum and exploring teaching strategies for different grade levels. We...

Clearing the Air on Cannabis: Edibles

Tuesday, October 8, 2019
Cannabis 101
For our October column we wanted to provide information on cannabis edibles, which will become legal this month. It’s important that educators and school staff are aware of current regulations, to be able to answer any questions students may have on edibles and integrate this information into...

10 Essential Items for your Backpack this School Year

Thursday, September 12, 2019
It’s that time of year again! So grab your backpack and fill it with essential items that will help you succeed this school year. Need some ideas to ensure nothing is forgotten and that you are prepared for anything (well, almost anything!) this year may have in store? Here is a handy list to help...

Clearing the Air about Cannabis: Back to School

Tuesday, September 3, 2019
Welcome to the Back to School issue of Ophea’s Clearing the Air on Cannabis Q&A Column! The continuation of this series will help you have access to timely information regarding cannabis this school year. A new column will be posted each month and distributed through the Ophea eConnection...

2019 Elementary Health and Physical Education Curriculum Released

Wednesday, August 21, 2019
On August 21, Education Minister Stephen Lecce announced the release of the elementary Health and Physical Education (H&PE) curriculum. The Ministry of Education has also released an announcement. Ophea compliments the Ministry of Education on a thoughtful, high quality, evidence informed...

New Food Literacy and Healthy Eating Partnership with The Helderleigh Foundation!

Monday, August 19, 2019
Ophea is pleased to announce our 3-year partnership with The Helderleigh Foundation to increase awareness and understanding of food literacy and healthy eating in Ontario schools. The Helderleigh Foundation is Canada’s leading foundation exclusively dedicated to enhancing food literacy; envisioning...

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