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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....

Human Development & Sexual Health Peer Sharing Webinar Blog

Monday, April 13, 2020
In March, Ophea hosted a peer sharing webinar with a specific focus on supporting the implementation of the Human Development & Sexual Health curriculum expectations, one of the health topics in Strand D: Healthy Living within the 2019 Ontario Elementary Health and Physical Education (H&PE...

Effective Food Literacy Strategies in Elementary Health and Physical Education Webinar Blog

Tuesday, April 7, 2020
In March, Ophea hosted a French webinar with a specific focus on effective food literacy strategies in Health and Physical Education at the elementary level. The content was based on research and resources to improve the quality of life through healthy food choices and mitigate the harmful effects...

Supporting Human Development & Sexual Health Webinar Blog

Monday, April 6, 2020
In February, Ophea hosted a webinar with a specific focus on Supporting Human Development & Sexual Health, one of the health topics in Strand D: Healthy Living within the 2019 Ontario Elementary Health and Physical Education (H&PE) curriculum.  With the intention of enhancing teacher...

February Feature Healthy School: St. Evan Catholic Elementary School

Friday, February 28, 2020
Children exercising in the gym
We are excited to have 317 registered Healthy Schools, representing 50 Ontario school boards across the province for Ophea’s Healthy Schools Certification 2019/20 school year! You can find out if schools from your board have registered by viewing the Registered Schools List. Every month until June...