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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...

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...

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...