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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...

A Research Agenda to Better Support Indigenous Students and Indigenous Content in Ontario Health and Physical Education

Monday, December 7, 2020
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action, published in 2015, highlighted Canadian educators’ moral and ethical responsibilities to contribute to the advancement of reconciliation between Canadians and Indigenous peoples. However, as H&PE educators in Ontario’s schools...

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...

Rethinking and Redefining Intramural Activities: COVID-19 Considerations to Support Your Planning

Monday, November 9, 2020
Schools play an important role in providing opportunities for students to participate in physical activity. “Schools are uniquely positioned to positively influence levels of physical activity as they reach the vast majority of children and youth, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity or family...

A Safe Return to School Includes H&PE

Tuesday, September 8, 2020
"Given the importance of physical activity to long-term health, the COVID-19 pandemic should not limit the amount of physical activity for children/youth" (Government of Canada, 2020, COVID-19 guidance for schools Kindergarten to Grade 12) Going back to school is a time of excitement, a time to...

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...

Safe Re-opening of Schools Supports

Tuesday, August 4, 2020
Ontario’s students, parents/caregivers, and staff have demonstrated their commitment to learning and resilience ever since the COVID-19 outbreak. The Government of Ontario has now released a Guide to Reopening Ontario’s Schools for the 2020/2021 year, which includes a greater focus on social and...

Congratulations to the Ophea Intramural Participant Schools!

Monday, June 1, 2020
Ophea’s Raise the Bar Intramural Program has come to the end of the second year! A total of 13 schools are recognized as a participant school for completing the 4-Step Raise the Bar Intramural Program Process! We are so impressed with the innovative and physical activity-promoting intramural...

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...

An Exploration of Assessment and Evaluation in the Elementary Health and Physical Education Curriculum Webinar Blog

Monday, May 11, 2020
In April, Ophea recorded a webinar focusing on assessment and evaluation in the 2019 Elementary Health and Physical Elementary curriculum, taking a specific look into Strand A: Social-Emotional Learning skills, as this was an area of interest that was shared in feedback from our previous webinars....