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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...

A Journey through Canada’s NEW Food Guide: What Educators Need to Know

Tuesday, November 5, 2019
In September, Ophea hosted two webinars (one in English and one in French) to introduce Canada’s new food guide to educators; through identifying connections to the 2019 Health and Physical Education (H&PE) elementary curriculum and exploring teaching strategies for different grade levels. We...

Clearing the Air About Cannabis: Edibles

Tuesday, October 8, 2019
Cannabis 101
For our October column we wanted to provide information on cannabis edibles, which will become legal this month. It’s important that educators and school staff are aware of current regulations, to be able to answer any questions students may have on edibles and integrate this information into...

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