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May Feature Healthy School: St. Marguerite d'Youville School

Thursday, May 23, 2019
We are excited to be sharing the experiences of select registered Healthy Schools who have been active on Twitter using #HSCertES; bringing you their success stories, challenges, and ideas to support you in making your school a healthier school. St. Marguerite d'Youville School is our May Feature...

Congratulations to 274 Healthy Schools!

Wednesday, May 15, 2019
274 schools received Ophea’s Healthy Schools Certification!
Ophea’s Healthy Schools Certification has come to an end for the 2018/19 school year. A total of 274 schools across Ontario were certified for completing the 6-Step Healthy Schools Process, making their school community a healthier place and receiving gold, silver, or bronze certification. We are...

Q&A Column #4: Clearing the Air about Cannabis: Youth and Driving

Tuesday, May 7, 2019
Cannabis 101
In the fourth installment of our “Clearing the Air about Cannabis” series, we spoke with Dr. Robert Mann from the Institute for Mental Health Policy Research at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) about youth cannabis use and driving. Read on to discover what you need to know about...

April Feature Healthy School: Newtonbrook Secondary School

Thursday, April 25, 2019
We are excited to have 357 registered Healthy Schools, representing 55 school boards across the province for Ophea’s Healthy Schools Certification 2018/19 school year! You can find out if schools from your board have registered by viewing the Registered Schools List. Every month until June, we’ll...

Less Competition + More Fun = Physical Activity for Everyone

Tuesday, April 2, 2019
Intramurals welcome all students into the game! When it comes to competitive sports, some kids just get left behind. “If you’re not playing for a club team by age eight or ten, you’re rarely going to make the high school basketball team because you don’t have the skills and experience,” explains...

Q&A Column #3: Clearing the Air about Cannabis: The Role of School Boards

Tuesday, April 2, 2019
Cannabis 101
As members of school communities, we all have important roles to play in educating young Canadians about cannabis use.  The legalization of cannabis in Canada has brought up plenty of questions for educators, especially related to the impact of legalization on schools, students, and communities;...

March Feature Healthy School: Huntsville Public School

Thursday, March 28, 2019
We are excited to have 357 registered Healthy Schools, representing 55 school boards across the province for Ophea’s Healthy Schools Certification 2018/19 school year! You can find out if schools from your board have registered by viewing the Registered Schools List. Every month until June, we’ll...

Ophea’s Response to the Government’s Updated H&PE Curriculum Direction

Friday, March 15, 2019
The effective implementation  of H&PE in schools has the  potential to positively impact  over 2 million Ontario  children and youth.
Today the Ministry of Education released its intended direction for revisions to the Health and Physical Education (H&PE) curriculum. The government has released a news release and background information that provides more details specifically to the H&PE curriculum. Ophea believes that H...

Q&A Column #2: Clearing the Air About Cannabis: Brain Development and Related Harms

Tuesday, March 5, 2019
Following our first Clearing the Air About Cannabis Q&A column featuring a discussion on legalization with Jean‐François Crépault, Senior Policy Analyst at the Centre of Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), we received questions asking for us to expand on his comments referring to cannabis harms...

How Financial Literacy can affect overall well-being

Tuesday, March 5, 2019
junior male student counting coins
Support your students in learning the fundamentals of how financial choices and decisions can affect their overall well-being. Financial literacy is the knowledge and skills a person needs to make good decisions about money throughout their life. Why is learning financial literacy so important?...

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