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Physical Activity is one of the six health topics a school community may identify as their priority health topic for Ophea’s Healthy Schools Certification.

Based on the Ministry of Education's Foundations for a Healthy School (2014) this topic includes strategies and activities related to:

  • active living
  • living skills (e.g. self-awareness, social skills)
  • movement competence (e.g. skills, concepts, and strategies)
  • physical literacy
  • recreation
  • safety
  • the Teaching Games for Understanding approach

Physical Inactivity in Ontario Infographic: physical inactivity is one of the five behavioural risk factors for chronic disease identified by the Ontario Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance (OCDPA)

Related Education Policies and Resources:

For sample strategies and activities relating to Physical Activity, see pages 12-15 of the Foundations for a Healthy School resource.

Related Ophea Resources:

For more resources on this health topic, click here.

Hero of Play

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In the fall of 2014, Canadian Tire Corporation, the Government of Ontario and Ophea committed to getting Ontario kids more active every day.

To support and celebrate schools who commit to getting active, we created the Hero of Play program in collaboration with the Canadian Olympic School Program.

The Hero of Play program supports this goal by recognizing healthy schools that prioritize physical activity and develop an action plan that creates opportunities for students to achieve 60 minutes of physical activity every day, before, during and/or after school. These schools are eligible to receive:

  • Free physical activity resources
  • Free physical activity equipment
  • School celebration events
  • School visits from Canadian Olympians, and more!

To learn more about how your school and students can be a part of Hero of Play, turn to pages 10-11 in the Ophea Healthy Schools Certification guidebook.

Canadian Olympic School Program

The Canadian Olympic School Program (COSP) seeks to create the excitement of the Olympic Movement in the classroom and throughout the school. The resources are aimed at sparking discussions about values, telling stories that inspire, and encouraging students to work together to find creative solutions to suggested challenges and current issues. The Canadian Olympic Activity Challenge in-class resources were designed to support teachers in getting students active 60 minutes a day through eight Olympic-themed resources that encourage student driven learning.

Based on the Ministry of Education’s Foundations for a Healthy School (2014), the topic of Physical Activity includes strategies and activities related to: