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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...

4 Ways to get active this Family (FUN) Day!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018
mother running in the snow with two adolescent children.
Cold weather doesn’t mean you need to keep the family fun indoors. With the appropriate clothing and a sense of fun and adventure you and your family can have a season of excitement. Need a little inspiration? Here are four ways to move more this winter and over the Family Day weekend. Hit The Ice...

December Teacher Feature: Jen Powles

Thursday, December 14, 2017
Ophea’s excited to bring to you a series of “Teacher Feature” blogs. Featuring Q&A’s with leading Healthy & Physical Education teachers, the blogs share ideas, insights, and resources straight from the source. This Teacher Feature brings you practical and inspiring ideas for teaching H&...

Active Goals for the New Year – Motivation from Ophea Staff

Thursday, December 7, 2017
Happy Holidays
Goodbye 2017, hello 2018...well almost. There’s something about a fresh start that sparks energy and ponder (for the sceptic in us). Thoughts of trying or starting something new have been conveniently excused with the words “I’ll do it next year”. And now, with 2018 just around the corner, Ophea...

5 Ways Active Play Supports Young Learners

Thursday, November 30, 2017
When active play and learning go hand in hand, we’re not only helping students get off to a strong start in the classroom, we’re also sending a message that staying active and managing our well-being are essential parts of learning and daily life—something young students will see reinforced...

November Teacher Feature: Pascale Vandenhaak

Friday, November 24, 2017
Ophea’s excited to bring to you a series of “Teacher Feature” blogs. Featuring Q&A’s with leading Healthy & Physical Education teachers, the blogs share ideas, insights, and resources straight from the source. This Teacher Feature brings you practical and inspiring ideas for teaching H&...

DPA Every Day!

Thursday, October 19, 2017
The Ministry of Education recently revised the Daily Physical Activity (DPA) policy (PPM 138) which supports 20 minutes of DPA during instructional time, contributing to the goal of getting children and youth active for 60 minutes every day. To support the implementation of DPA and enhance the...

Get your shoes ready & lead a run club!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017
The Kids’ Run Club, brought to you by Ontario Doctors, is a free downloadable program that motivates kids (Grades 1-12) to reach their physical activity goals! The program is designed for leaders and participants of all abilities, and no prior coaching or running experience is required. If you are...

Help kids lead happy, active lives with tips from Kids’ Run Club!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017
female student running outdorrs
We know kids these days are busy. And in order to retain physical and mental wellness, children between the ages of 5 and 17 should have at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity a day. [i]In 2015, only 7% of Canadian children between the ages of 5 and 11, and 5% of Canadian...

Spring into active outdoor play time with PlaySport!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017
child outdoors playing soccer with tem mates
Warmer weather is approaching! Get your students out and enjoying the fresh Spring air with activities from PlaySport. Helping build physical literacy and healthy, active living skills, PlaySport uses the Teaching Games for Understanding (TGfU) approach and is designed for students of all ages and...

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