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Ask a Dietitian: Navigating the Grocery Store Webinar Blog

Wednesday, February 24, 2021
On January 26, 2021, Ophea hosted a webinar about making wise choices while grocery shopping. The hour-long overview offered answers about grocery shopping questions, such as ‘what are the best buys in each section of the store?’ and ‘how do I read nutrition labels?' The purpose of this webinar was...

The Digital Landscape of the Fundamental Principles in Health & Physical Education

Thursday, January 7, 2021
Schools have changed drastically over the course of the pandemic, and it is clear that the education system is shifting. While educators in school buildings adapt their instruction to safe physical distancing measures shaped and constrained by the physical environment, remote educators are learning...

Clearing the Air about Cannabis: Consider the Continuum of Use

Wednesday, January 6, 2021
Introduction We know that 22% of Ontario students between Grades 7-12 have used cannabis in the past year1. Some of those students used cannabis only once, whereas others used it daily. The potential risks associated with these different levels of use can vary greatly, and therefore, different...

Ask a Dietitian: Supporting Educator Nutrition and Well-being Webinar Blog

Tuesday, January 5, 2021
On December 9, 2020, Ophea hosted a webinar exploring educator’s own personal well-being and nutrition. The purpose of this webinar was to provide an overview of nutrition and self-care to continue supporting healthy, active living and well-being for educators. We all know that the Health and...

Ask a Dietitian: Explore Nutrition Facts and the H&PE Curriculum Webinar Blog

Wednesday, December 16, 2020
On November 18, 2020, Ophea hosted a webinar exploring nutrition facts and the H&PE Curriculum, which featured educators and a dietitian. The purpose of the session was to give educators a chance to learn about nutrition, confirm or expose long-held nutrition beliefs, and leave feeling...

A Research Agenda to Better Support Indigenous Students and Indigenous Content in Ontario Health and Physical Education

Monday, December 7, 2020
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action, published in 2015, highlighted Canadian educators’ moral and ethical responsibilities to contribute to the advancement of reconciliation between Canadians and Indigenous peoples. However, as H&PE educators in Ontario’s schools...

Clearing the Air About Cannabis: To use or not to use? Youth share their perspectives.

Monday, November 9, 2020
Most of our students are under the legal age for cannabis consumption, and the majority of them do not use cannabis. The 22% of Ontario students1 (and 18% of Canadian students2) who do use cannabis have a number of different reasons for doing so. In this Q&A column, we’ll explore some of the...

Rethinking and Redefining Intramural Activities: COVID-19 Considerations to Support Your Planning

Monday, November 9, 2020
Schools play an important role in providing opportunities for students to participate in physical activity. “Schools are uniquely positioned to positively influence levels of physical activity as they reach the vast majority of children and youth, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity or family...

A Safe Return to School Includes H&PE

Tuesday, September 8, 2020
"Given the importance of physical activity to long-term health, the COVID-19 pandemic should not limit the amount of physical activity for children/youth" (Government of Canada, 2020, COVID-19 guidance for schools Kindergarten to Grade 12) Going back to school is a time of excitement, a time to...

Clearing the Air About Cannabis: Trends in Student Cannabis Use Since Legalization

Friday, September 4, 2020
In the period surrounding cannabis legalization in Canada, questions abounded on the impact it would have on youth. As an educator, you may have debated with your colleagues, or had friends and family members asking your opinion. Today, we finally have data to help us understand what’s changed and...

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