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One A Day For Active Play: Capture the Cone

Wednesday, September 5, 2018
3 cards from ophea'sa one a day for acticity play resource fanned out
Ophea’s One a Day For Active Play hardcopy resource includes 200 games and activities that are fun to use for active breaks, ice-breakers or to support the implementation of Daily Physical Activity. Try the Capture the Cone activity! Great for all ages and settings, this activity gets participants...

Supporting student success with TGfU!

Saturday, September 1, 2018
TGfU - image
Teaching Games for Understanding (TGfU) focuses on helping students build a range of fundamental movement skills and game strategies while catering to their diverse needs and interests.The approach divides games into four categories that use common skills and tactics—invasion/territory games,...

5 Ways to Spend the Last Days of Summer Break

Thursday, August 23, 2018
It’s that time of year, Summer vacation is winding down and it’s time to get ready for the upcoming school year. But, before saying good-bye to all your favorite summer activities. It is important to take some time and enjoy the last few days of summer! In today’s blog we share five fun ways to...

5 tips to get you connected with nature this summer!

Thursday, August 2, 2018
female child gardening
The weather is warm and the sun is shining. It’s the perfect time to get outside, get healthy, and get active. There are plenty of ways to enjoy summer in nature this year. Here are five suggestions. 1. Visit a provincial park: Ontario has over 280 provincial parks for you and your family to...

Build Your Own Picnic Basket!

Friday, July 13, 2018
Summer season also means picnic season! Grab the family and head to a nearby park for some summer fun. The park can be a great place for a picnic with all the grass and open space to have fun and relax. A park with a playground is a bonus when picnicking with kids, allowing them to run, climb, and...

Energize Your Family Vacation!

Thursday, June 28, 2018
Childr and parent in front of parked car with their hands up
Ah … The Family Vacation. A different take on the 3 Rs: Relax, Reconnect, Rejuvenate. Oh, except maybe not the relax part. Travel, especially with young kids, can involve long, crowded and confining conditions, impacting their ability to move around. Oh, and maybe not the rejuvenate part. Because...

Exploring DPA In Action LIVE!

Thursday, May 17, 2018
group of students in classroom posing for picture
On May 4th, 2018, Ophea joined Andrea Haefele and Kelly Chatzinikolis for a Facebook Live session exploring Daily Physical Activity (DPA) In Action. The embedded recorded Facebook Live video is a follow up to the Making Sense of P/PM 138: Continuing the Conversation and Making Sense of P/PM 138:...

Let’s Get Moving!

Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Movement is...Joy, Belonging and Learning.
Today (March 28) Ophea launched the Movement is... campaign, to help promote the importance of getting kids physically active every day. Research shows that movement can help students in lots of ways. Our Movement is...campaign shines light on how movement is...“joy, learning, and belonging.” By...

New Ophea Report: Parental Attitudes Towards Health in Ontario Schools

Thursday, March 8, 2018
Ophea Parent Poll
Today Ophea released the results from a survey completed in fall 2017 by Environics Research Group. Ophea surveyed parents of Ontario school-aged children to better understand their perspectives on pressing health issues, Health and Physical Education (H&PE), healthy schools, physical activity...

Screens are Everywhere: How to Integrate Screen Time into Children and Youth’s Daily Lives Without Sacrificing Physical Activity

Monday, March 5, 2018
The majority of children and youth are not engaging in enough heart pumping physical activity for optimal health. At the same time, many of these children and youth are accumulating excessive amounts of time engaging in sedentary behaviours, especially screen time. This combination of sedentary...

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