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#Ophea100 Learning Series: Rethinking Social-Emotional Learning

Monday, September 13, 2021
As Ophea celebrates a century of fostering healthy active living, we know our work is far from done. This August, we collaborated with subject matter experts and hosted an equity-informed practices learning and discussion series. Join us each month from September to December, as we provide a recap...

Building Healthy Eating Habits and Food Literacy Skills with the H&PE Curriculum Webinar Blog

Tuesday, May 25, 2021
Choosing a banana isn’t as simple as it looks. As you’re peering through the display of bananas in the produce aisle, you may be thinking: How do I choose a banana so that it is ripe enough to eat? Are bananas locally grown or are they imported? How are they grown and does this impact the...

Supporting Learning and Educator Well-being through Challenging Times

Monday, April 12, 2021
It is astounding to see all the innovative instructional, assessment and evaluation strategies educators have been providing to address the individual students’ needs in their classes, and ensuring meaningful learning opportunities for students on the face-to-face, virtual, and hybrid platforms...

Clearing the Air about Cannabis: Key Learnings from our Live Chat with CSSDP

Friday, March 5, 2021
Introduction On January 20th 2021, we went live on Facebook for #Cannabis101Chat, an interactive chat about harm reduction in cannabis education. During the event, guest speakers from Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy (CSSDP), Hasham Kamran and Kira London-Nadeau, answered your questions...

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...

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...

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...

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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