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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...

10 Essential Items for your Backpack this School Year

Thursday, September 12, 2019
It’s that time of year again! So grab your backpack and fill it with essential items that will help you succeed this school year. Need some ideas to ensure nothing is forgotten and that you are prepared for anything (well, almost anything!) this year may have in store? Here is a handy list to help...

Clearing the Air About Cannabis: Back to School

Tuesday, September 3, 2019
Welcome to the Back to School issue of Ophea’s Clearing the Air on Cannabis Q&A Column! The continuation of this series will help you have access to timely information regarding cannabis this school year. A new column will be posted each month and distributed through the Ophea eConnection...

2019 Elementary Health and Physical Education Curriculum Released

Wednesday, August 21, 2019
On August 21, Education Minister Stephen Lecce announced the release of the elementary Health and Physical Education (H&PE) curriculum. The Ministry of Education has also released an announcement. Ophea compliments the Ministry of Education on a thoughtful, high quality, evidence informed...

New Food Literacy and Healthy Eating Partnership with The Helderleigh Foundation!

Monday, August 19, 2019
Ophea is pleased to announce our 3-year partnership with The Helderleigh Foundation to increase awareness and understanding of food literacy and healthy eating in Ontario schools. The Helderleigh Foundation is Canada’s leading foundation exclusively dedicated to enhancing food literacy; envisioning...

Congratulations to the Ophea Intramural Participant Schools!

Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Ophea’s Raise the Bar Intramural Program has come to the end of the first year! A total of 10 schools across Ontario 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...

Clearing the Air About Cannabis: Using a harm reduction approach to cannabis education in the classroom and the school setting

Tuesday, June 4, 2019
What do students need to know and be able to do in order to make informed decisions when dealing with situations involving cannabis? In the fifth installment of our “Clearing the Air About Cannabis” series, we tackle how cannabis education can be implemented in the classroom through a harm...

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...