1 healthy schools and communities calendar make this year the healthiest one yet! For information and access to free resources to support healthy schools and communities, visit
2 September foundations for a healthy school high-quality instruction & programs a healthy physical environment a supportive social environment community partnerships Make This Year Your School s Healthiest Yet! Adopt a culture where a comprehensive approach to healthy active living goes hand in hand with learning and be a Healthy School! Ophea is here to help you month by month, every step of the way. What is a Healthy School? A Healthy School Takes a holistic approach, recognizing that healthy living isn t a lesson to be taught, but a lifestyle to be adopted. Looks to the entire school community to become part of a multi-faceted and sustainable approach to school health. Uses overall student health as the lens through which all activities are viewed, enhanced, and decisions are made. The Foundations for a Healthy School According to the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Health Promotion s philosophy and framework for Healthy Schools in Ontario, Healthy Schools combine four areas: 1 High-Quality Instruction and Programs 2 A Healthy Physical Environment 3 A Supportive Social Environment 4 Community Partnerships We encourage your school to participate in the Healthy Schools Recognition Program to promote and celebrate your Healthy School. For more information, visit the Ministry of Education s website: About Ophea Since 1921, Ophea has worked to support the health and learning of children and youth in Ontario. Led by the vision that all kids will value, participate in, and make a lifelong commitment to healthy active living, Ophea works in partnership with school boards, public health, government, non-governmental organizations and private sector organizations to develop groundbreaking programs and services that support healthy active schools and communities. a healthy school... is part of a healthy community. Ophea supports schools and communities through quality program supports, partnerships and advocacy. For more information and to access free resources to support healthy schools and communities, visit
3 Breakfast for Learning Month M T W T F S S Sign Up! e-connection Keep up with what s new in H&PE and Healthy Schools! Sign-up at today. Parents Reaching Out Grant School councils can apply by October 16, Visit the Ontario Ministry of Education website for details Success Story A Healthy School Wall of Fame in the school foyer demonstrates a commitment to healthy active living. As the year goes by, it is filled with school community photos, posters, quotes and art that celebrate being a Healthy School Community Connections Ministry of Education Healthy School tips, tools and resources Ontario Healthy Schools Coalition Resources including a toolkit for school councils Key Dates International Literacy Day Sept. 8 AIDS Walk for Life Sept Turnoff Week Sept International Day of Peace Sept. 21 Terry Fox National School Day Run Sept. 25 World Heart Day - Sept. 27 Did you know? The Joint Consortium For School Health (JCSH) Healthy School Planner is an online tool designed to help Canadian schools create healthier environments. It offers schools a way to assess the overall state of their environment as well as the choice to zero in on one or more specific topics such as healthy eating, physical activity or tobacco use. For Healthy School information and resources visit For information and access to free resources to support healthy schools and communities, visit
4 October foundations for a healthy school a healthy school... offers inclusive Health and Physical Education (H&PE) and other physical activity programs. high-quality instruction & programs a healthy physical environment a supportive social environment community partnerships Sign Up! Register for Ophea s Kids Health Conference, Oct at Success Story Pedometers are assigned to each student in physical education classes to count steps during class and to track students progress throughout the semester. The walking club for staff and students uses the pedometers before and after school.
5 International Walk to School Month M T W T F S S Action Checklist Ideas Offer alternative activities (e.g. yoga, hiking, cross country skiing) to promote lifelong participation in physical activity. Play co-operative and non-competitive games to encourage participation and create positive learning experiences. Teach health concepts in a variety of subject areas (e.g., students prepare skits about drinking and driving in Drama) Community Connections Active & Safe Routes to School Encourages active methods of transportation Ministry of Transportation Road safety info P.A.R.T.Y. Program Tips, tools and resources to prevent alcohol and risk-related trauma in youth Ophea Supports Health and Physical Education (H&PE) Support Documents Ontario Safety Guidelines (www.ontariosafetyguidelines.ca) Road Safety Education, developed in partnership with the Ministry of Transportation Key Dates National Flu Prevention Awareness Month - Oct Mental Illness Awareness Week Oct International World Teacher s Day - Oct. 5 Healthy Workplace Month Oct. 5 - Nov. 1 World Mental Health Day Oct. 10 Ophea s Kids Health Conference Oct National School Safety Week Oct Waste Reduction Week Oct Did you know? Research in the areas of educational improvement and health promotion shows that interventions to support student learning and health are best implemented within the context of a comprehensive school health (Healthy School) approach. This is something Ophea has seen first-hand with our own work supporting Ontario s schools and communities. (www.livingschool.ca) For information and access to free resources to support healthy schools and communities, visit
6 November foundations for a healthy school a healthy school... links with the public health unit. high-quality instruction & programs a healthy physical environment a supportive social environment community partnerships Sign Up! e-connection - Keep up with what s new in H&PE and Healthy Schools! Sign up at today. Success Story During Diabetes Awareness Month, H&PE classes team up with Family Studies classes for a diabetes awareness event. With the public health unit, recreation, diabetes association and supermarket, they present healthy recipes, shopping tips and physical activity programs.
7 Diabetes Awareness Month M T W T F S S 1 Action Checklist Ideas Establish a Healthy School action team or workgroup. Invite public health to participate in your action team along with students, staff, parents and other community partners. Ask public health staff to help plan and coordinate, or to participate in school events Community Connections Association of Local Public Health Agencies Includes a listing of Ontario public health units Eat Right Ontario A healthy eating approach for diabetes prevention Public Health Agency of Canada Info on diabetes, including the Aboriginal Diabetes Strategy The College of Family Physicians of Canada Questions and answers about diabetes Ophea Supports Take Action in Secondary Schools Key Dates National Community Safety & Crime Prevention Campaign - Nov Pan-Canadian Paralympic School Week - Nov. 2-6 Take Our Kids to Work Day - Nov. 4 World Diabetes Day Nov. 14 National Addiction Awareness Week Nov Bullying Awareness Week Nov Drug Awareness Week Nov Universal Children s Day Nov. 20 Did you know? In November of 2008, renewed Ontario Public Health Standards were released. They include directives for public health to support school boards and for schools to address a number of health-related issues using a comprehensive school health (Healthy School) approach. Ophea can help you connect with public health. Visit for details. For information and access to free resources to support healthy schools and communities, visit
8 December foundations for a healthy school a healthy school... develops positive relationships among all school community members. high-quality instruction & programs a healthy physical environment a supportive social environment community partnerships Sign Up! Work with your community to be recognized as a Youth Friendly Community. For more information, go to Success Story The school partners with community agencies to hold a mental health week to help Stomp out the Stigma of mental health. It features poster competitions, guest speakers, and older students developing presentations about bullying prevention and mental health for students at a local elementary school.
9 Healthy School Celebrations M T W T F S S Action Checklist Ideas Have students, staff, parents, and community partners participate on the Healthy School action team. Work with recreation and sport partners to train students to lead activities for their peers. Give students opportunities to participate in school- or communitybased health promotion activities for community service hours Community Connections Ministry of Education Registry of Resources for Safe and Inclusive Schools Info about resources to help prevent bullying and promote safe and inclusive schools Media Awareness Network Lesson library for teachers, including lessons about bullying SafeCanada.ca Info on bullying prevention Canadian Mental Health Association Info on mental health and teens Canadian Red Cross Info on violence and abuse prevention programs for violence against children including bullying Ophea Supports CyberCops Key Dates World AIDS Day Dec. 1 International Day of Disabled Persons Dec. 3 International Volunteer Day - Dec. 5 Human Rights Day - Dec. 10 Did you know? Healthy Schools aim to prepare young people to take better care of themselves. They work together with community partners to coordinate healthy activities that support school goals and values. They improve health services for all members of the school community and create a school environment that provides students a chance to play an active role in their school as they lead activities and participate in decision-making opportunities. (Adapted from Andy Anderson, 2004, Health Promoting Schools: a community effort) For information and access to free resources to support healthy schools and communities, visit
10 January foundations for a healthy school a healthy school... enhances outdoor spaces. high-quality instruction & programs a healthy physical environment a supportive social environment community partnerships Sign Up! Order Take Action! a program for Grades K 12 designed to teach safety awareness regarding medicines and the prevention of recreational drug use. Success Story With support from the local public health department, a smoke-free zone is created in front of a school, as well as an indoor information area for students who want to quit smoking. Students create commercials that promote tobacco/drug-free healthy active living. These are shown during a lunch hour event and shared with a local elementary school.
11 Substance Use Prevention Month M T W T F S S Action Checklist Ideas Provide adequate outdoor spaces for students to engage in a variety of activities. Ensure outdoor spaces are smoke-free and have trees and grassy areas where students can connect with nature. Install bike racks to support active and safe transportation to school Community Connections Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) Info and resources on mental health and substance abuse Community Foundations of Canada List of community foundations by area Drug Education and Awareness for Life RCMP-affiliated information and prevention tool Virtual Party through CAMH Interactive educational tool on alcohol abuse MADD Canada Info and resources on drinking and driving Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse Info on substance abuse including prevention, treatments and laws Ophea Supports: Take Action Key Dates National Non-Smoking Week Jan Weedless Wednesday Jan. 20 Family Literacy Day Jan. 27 Did you know? The 2009 Active Healthy Kids Canada Report Card on Physical Activity notes that Canadian children who are physically active perform better in school than children who are not active. Physical activity has also been shown to increase a child s self-confidence, self-esteem, self-image and connection to school. (Active Healthy Kids Canada, Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth, 2009) For information and access to free resources to support healthy schools and communities, visit
12 February foundations for a healthy school a healthy school... develops healthy school policies. high-quality instruction & programs a healthy physical environment a supportive social environment community partnerships Sign Up! Register for the 3rd International Congress on Physical Activity and Public Health, May 5-8, 2010, Toronto, ON at Success Story With support from a public health dietician, a school develops a nutrition policy to prepare for Nutrition Month (March). Positive changes implemented by the school nutrition action committee include healthy options in the cafeteria, healthy fundraising (e.g., dance-a-thon) and a breakfast program. Information is shared with parents through the newsletter, school website and school council.
13 Heart Month M T W T F S S Action Checklist Ideas Develop Healthy School policies with input from students and other members of the school community. You might: Create a healthy fundraising or classroom celebrations policy that prevents unhealthy foods from being sold or served. Put together a policy on anti-bullying or positive conflict resolution strategies. Put in place a policy (or practice) that supports staff wellness (e.g., only healthy snacks are served during staff meetings). Focus on making the Healthy School approach part of your school improvement plan Key Dates Eating Disorder Awareness Week Feb. 1-6 World Cancer Day Feb. 4 Safer Internet Day - Feb. 9 Sexual and Reproductive Health Awareness Day Feb Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games - Feb. 12-Mar. 21 Family Day - Feb. 15 Heritage Day- Feb. 15 Community Connections Heart and Stroke Foundation Info for parents, teachers and kids on healthy living for children Sexuality and U Sexual health presentations, lesson plans and tools Teaching Sexual Health Forum for teachers to share sexual health lesson plans Ophea Supports Physical Activity Resource Centre (PARC) Policy Workbook Did you know? The revised secondary Health and Physical Education Curriculum will be implemented in the Fall of Ophea will work with its partners to develop key instructional tools and resources to support implementation of this curriculum and to enhance educational practices in classrooms and gymnasiums across the province. For information and access to free resources to support healthy schools and communities, visit
14 March foundations for a healthy school a healthy school... offers professional development opportunities to school staff. high-quality instruction & programs a healthy physical environment a supportive social environment community partnerships Sign Up! Apply to be a presenter at the National Kids Health Conference (2010) hosted by Ophea and PHE Canada. Action Checklist Ideas Give all teachers opportunities to attend board workshops on H&PE. Encourage all teachers to participate in cross-curricular professional development opportunities on H&PE and Healthy Schools. Encourage teachers to present their innovative school or classroom/ gymnasium activities at conferences. Ask community partners to provide workshops for teachers and parents, and to support learning opportunities for students.
15 National Nutrition Month M T W T F S S Success Story With support from public health, students develop a healthy menu for the cafeteria. They create skits, displays and special food events to promote healthy choices in their school Community Connections Canada s Food Guide Links to download or order a print version Nutrition Tools for Schools Wiki for sharing info about nutrition tools for schools a toolkit for Ontario public health units (contact your public health unit) Eat Right Ontario Info on healthy eating including menu planner and recipes Nutrition Health Unit Nutrition info and resources Health Canada Tools for students, teachers and communicators Nutrition Resource Centre Quality nutrition programming Ophea Supports National Kids Health Conference (2010) hosted by Ophea and PHE Canada Menu of Choices Key Dates Red Cross Month March 1-31 International Women s Day March 8 National Poison Prevention Week March International Day to Eliminate Racial Discrimination March 21 Epilepsy Wear Purple Day March 26 Did you know? School programs that are integrated, holistic and strategic are more likely to produce better health and education outcomes than those which are mainly information-based and implemented only in the classroom. (IUHPE, Achieving Health Promoting Schools: Guidelines for Promoting Health in Schools) For information and access to free resources to support healthy schools and communities, visit
16 April foundations for a healthy school a healthy school... links with local sport and recreation organizations. high-quality instruction & programs a healthy physical environment a supportive social environment community partnerships Sign Up! National Kids Health Conference (2010) hosted by Ophea and PHE Canada. Ontario EcoSchools Certification Complete and submit your application by April 30. Success Story Various sport and recreation organizations work with the school to host a yearly interactive health fair for students and parents. The partners represent topics including physical activity, sexual health, mental health, food and nutrition, parenting, housing, disease prevention, and substance use and tobacco use.
17 World Health Month M T W T F S S Action Checklist Ideas Ask local sport and recreation organizations if they can: Help to start a walking/fitness program for staff and students. Provide lunch-time or after-school physical activity programming for students at no cost or for a minimal fee. Offer free passes for students and families to sample their activities. Offer equipment and/or space to support student and school activities. Host, or participate in, special recreation days. Provide training for student leaders Community Connections SPORT4ONTARIO Provincial sport organizations with programs for schools and info about inclusive sports organizations for people with disabilities Canadian Olympic Committee Lesson plans, polls and contests Canadian Cancer Society Info about cancer and cancer prevention Ophea Supports Walk this Way, Physical Activity Resource Centre (PARC) Key Dates National Cancer Month April 1-30 World Health Day April 7 National Environmental Education Week April National Volunteer Week - April Ontario Coaches Week - Apr Earth Day - April 22 Turnoff Week April Did you know? In Ontario, Healthy Schools have been shown to increase student physical activity levels in school and outside of school. In addition, students reported higher levels of personal well-being and higher grades. (Shain, M., 2006, Living School Follow-Up Evaluation and Daily Physical Activity Study) For information and access to free resources to support healthy schools and communities, visit
18 May foundations for a healthy school a healthy school... enhances indoor spaces. high-quality instruction & programs a healthy physical environment a supportive social environment community partnerships Sign Up! e-connection Keep up with what s new in H&PE and Healthy Schools! Sign-up at today. Success Story Students in a media class work with H&PE students. They create commercials and posters to tell others how they can get active now that the weather is nice outside. They promote their efforts through morning announcements and inserts in the school newsletter.
19 Asthma Awareness Month M T W T F S S Activity Checklist Ideas Make equipment and space for healthy active living readily accessible to students and staff. Display posters, artwork, and pictures related to healthy active living throughout the school. Use alternate spaces for physical activity and H&PE when the gymnasium isn t available Key Dates National Summer Safety Week - May 1-7 Allergy Awareness Week - May 2-7 National Mental Health Week May 3-9 World Asthma Day May 4 3rd International Congress on Physical Activity and Public Health - May 5-8 WHO Move for Health Day - May 10 Canada Road Safety Week May Canada Health Day May 12 International Day of Families - May 15 International Day Against Homophobia May 17 Aboriginal Awareness Week May Canadian Environment Week May 30 June 5 World No-Tobacco Day - May 31 Community Connections The Ontario Lung Association Asthma facts, fun games, school asthma projects and more Ontario EcoSchools Educational program to help students develop ecological literacy Creating Asthma Friendly Schools Info on teachers roles in creating asthma-friendly schools Teen Asthma Info on asthma along with educational games Ophea Supports Students with Asthma Resource Package Asthma Communications Support Package Did you know? Healthy Schools impact student learning not only because they focus on improving the health of students but because of the way the school community comes together to work more efficiently and to improve all aspects of the school. (Guertin, 2009, A Reflection on the CSH EQAO Study) For information and access to free resources to support healthy schools and communities, visit
20 June foundations for a healthy school a healthy school... celebrates and recognizes achievement. high-quality instruction & programs a healthy physical environment a supportive social environment community partnerships Sign Up! Nominate an outstanding colleague for a 2010 Ophea Award. Go to for details. Success Story The school works with the local recreation department and public health to plan a Healthy School celebration. Recreation leaders deliver workshops on various activities while public health nurses help students make healthy snacks. Certificates are handed out to community partners and parents who assisted with Healthy School events during the year.
21 Parks & Recreation Month M T W T F S S Action Checklist Ideas Invite the entire school community to participate in a year-end celebration of healthy active living. Offer certificates and thank you notes to community partners and parents who contributed to Healthy School events. Raise awareness of the year s activities and accomplishments through assemblies, picture displays, videos or school announcements. Recognize individual students and teams athletic successes both in and outside of school Community Connections Parks and Recreation Ontario (PRO) Promotes the value and benefits of parks and recreation to the public Canadian Parks and Recreation Association Canada-wide initiative to make recreation more accessible for low-income children Parks Canada Info on Canada s national historic sites, parks and marine conservation areas Ophea Supports Menu of Choices Key Dates Canadian Environment Week - May 30-June 5 Clean Air Day June 2 World Environment Day June 5 National Sun Awareness Week to - June 7-13 National Aboriginal Day June 21 Canadian Multiculturalism Day June 27 Did you know? In a Healthy School, young people are considered as resources to be developed, not problems to be solved. From this perspective, health promotion is a whole-life, school-wide, community-wide effort to harmonize health and learning. (Anderson, 2004, Health Promoting Schools: a community effort) For information and access to free resources to support healthy schools and communities, visit
24 Mois des parcs et loisirs L M M J V S D Essayez ceci! Inviter la communauté scolaire au complet à participer à une fête de fin d année de la vie saine et active; Offrir des certificats et des notes de remerciement à tous les partenaires communautaires et aux parents qui ont contribué aux activités École saine; Sensibiliser les gens concernant les activités et réalisations qui ont eu lieu tout au long de l année par le biais de montages, de photographies, de vidéos et d annonces; Souligner les réalisations sportives scolaires individuelles des élèves et des équipes de même que les réalisations à l extérieur de l école Liens communautaires L association canadienne de parcs et loisirs Organisation qui a pour but de promouvoir les bienfaits des parcs et des loisirs en plus d offrir des ressources à leurs membres Parcs Canada De l information au sujet des Parc nationaux Parc Ontario De l information au sujet de bons endroits à faire de la randonnée, de la pêche, de la natation, du canoë, du ski de fond et de la raquette Dates spéciales de ce mois Semaine canadienne de l environnement du 30 mai au 5 juin Journée de l air pur le 2 juin Journée mondiale de l environnement le 5 juin Semaine nationale de prudence au soleil du 7 juin au 13 juin Journée nationale des Autochtones le 21 juin Journée canadienne du multiculturalisme le 27 juin Le saviez-vous? Dans une (École saine), les jeunes sont considérés comme une ressource à développer, et non comme des problèmes à régler. En partant de ce point de vue, la promotion de la santé est un effort engageant toute l école, la communauté et qui durera toute la vie visant à harmoniser la santé et l apprentissage. (Anderson, 2004, Health Promoting Schools: a community effort) Téléchargez des informations et des ressources d appui gratuites pour les écoles et communautés saines de notre nouveau site web
25 FÉLICITATIONS PRIX DE RECONNAISSANCE D ÉCOLE SAINE 2010 Juin Enseignement et programmes de qualité Environnement physique sain et sécuritaire Milieu social favorable Partenariats communautaires Inscrivez-vous Nominer un collègue de haut calibre comme candidat pour un des prix Ophea 2010 Visitez pour obtenir les détails. Une école saine fête et reconnaît ses réussite. Cas de réussite Collaborer avec votre service de loisirs local pour planifier une fête des Écoles saines. Demander aux meneurs des loisirs d offrir des ateliers sur différentes activités et aux infirmières de la santé publique d aider les étudiants à préparer des boissons fouettés aux fruits et autres collations santé. Remettre des certificats aux partenaires communautaires et aux parents qui ont aidé lors des activités École saine tout au long de l année.
26 Mois de sensibilisation à l asthme L M M J V S D Essayez ceci! Utiliser fréquemment les gymnases ou autres espaces pour les activités physiques (éducation physique et santé et APQ); Mettre de l équipement et de l espace à la disposition des élèves et du personnel pour promouvoir la vie saine et active; Mettre des affiches, des objets d art et des photographies illustrant la vie saine et active partout dans l école; Évaluer les couloirs de l école pour vous assurer qu ils sont bien éclairés et pour restreindre les espaces sans surveillance (coins sombres); Évaluer la qualité de l air dans l école et effectuer les améliorations requises Dates spéciales de ce mois Semaine nationale de la sécurité estivale du 1 er au 7 mai Semaine de sensibilisation aux allergies du 2 au 7 mai Semaine nationale de la santé mentale du 3 au 9 mai Journée mondiale de l asthme le 4 mai Journée pour votre santé, bougez de l OMS le 10 mai Semaine canadienne de la sécurité routière du 11 au 17 mai Journée nationale de la santé le 12 mai Journée internationale des familles le 15 mai Journée internationale contre l homophobie le 17 mai Semaine de sensibilisation aux cultures autochtones du 18 au 21 mai Semaine canadienne de l environnement du 30 mai au 5 juin Journée mondiale sans tabac le 31 mai Liens communautaires L association pulmonaire du Canada De l information au sujet de la santé pulmonaire Santé Canada Remplit d information concernant l asthme L asthme au quotidien Renseignements et ressources concernant l asthme La Fédération de la jeunesse franco-ontarienne (FESFO) Organisme qui offre des ressources en activité physique pour les jeunes et les enseignants(tes) Outils de soutien d Ophea Les élèves asthmatiques : Ce que les éducateurs doivent savoir. Trousse d information Trousse d aide à la communication sur l asthme Le saviez-vous? L approche globale de la santé en milieu scolaire a un effet sur l apprentissage, non seulement en améliorant la santé des étudiants, mais aussi parce que l approche permet d unifier la communauté scolaire afin de travailler plus efficacement et d en améliorer tous les aspects. (Guertin, 2009, A Reflection on the CSH EQAO Study) Téléchargez des informations et des ressources d appui gratuites pour les écoles et communautés saines de notre nouveau site web