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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...

Responding, Recovering and Re-imagining

Tuesday, May 19, 2020
Why prioritizing well-being is essential to finding the “new normal” in education It’s been more than eight weeks since Ontario schools closed to help slow the spread of COVID-19. And while, according to public health experts, the actions we’ve taken as a province are flattening the curve, the...

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...

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...

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