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Better student health? Eliminate junk food from schools

The media has been all over a recent report from Philip Leonard that looked at the BMI index of Canadian students ages 12-25, and found that  students in provinces that had banned the sale of junk food in schools, had lower/healthier weights.

From the Toronto Star article Junk Food Ban in Canadian Schools is Working, by Michael Macdonald :  “His research revealed that for each year a student was exposed to a junk food ban, there was a corresponding 0.05 decline in their BMI, a value derived from height and weight. As a result, the students not allowed to make junk food purchases at school for five or more years were, on average, about two pounds lighter than students who did not face a ban.”

See also: NB CBC News “Banning of junk food sales in Canadian schools having a positive effect” and Global News School junk food bans have positive impact on weight.

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June 27, 2017 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

Conference Board of Canada releases report to reduce sedentary behaviors

Moving Ahead: School-based interventions to reduce physical inactivity and sedentary behavior is a recent and freely downloadable report released by the Conference Board of Canada. You do have to register with the Board to access the resource.

From the executive summary (page i):

  • “Only 9 per cent of Canadian children and youth aged 5 to 17 get the recommended 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity per day at least six days a week.
  • The school environment is an ideal setting to deliver interventions to increase physical activity and reduce sedentary behaviour among children and youth.
  • Examples of interventions include additions to the curriculum, classroom activity breaks, environmental modifications, and promotion of active transportation.
  • Comprehensive and sustained interventions may bring the greatest benefits in the long term.”

And from page ii

“This research found that the most effective and cost-efficient interventions for schools—regardless of a school’s size, resources, or population characteristics—include programs that are integrated into the existing school curriculum, including subjects besides physical education, as well as activity breaks embedded into class time.”

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December 23, 2016 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

Participaction news release – Canada’s kids sedentary compared to other countries.

From a November 16 news release [pdf]:

For the first time, the grades from the ParticipACTION Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth are compared to grades from 37 other countries across six continents. …. The consolidated findings show Canada has above-global average grades in physical activity infrastructure and programs, yet is trailing at the back of the pack in grades that measure physical activity and sedentary behaviour.”

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November 16, 2016 at 4:35 pm Leave a comment

MoE: financial literacy & student success and wellness (2 news releases)

Today, the Ministry released 2 announcements / news releases – one on financial literacy, the other on student success and wellness.

Improving Financial Literacy for Ontario Students. Selected from the news release:  Ontario has published two documents detailing opportunities and topics related to financial literacy and how it is woven throughout Ontario’s elementary and secondary curriculum. An updated version of these will be published in the 2016-17 school year.

Additional Resources


Ontario Supporting Student Success and Wellness: Province Seeking Input on Well-Being in Schools . Selected from the news release:  The province is consulting with a diverse range of partners in education, health care, youth justice, social services, business, arts and culture and the non-profit sector, as well as francophone partners and communities to incorporate their unique identities, cultural backgrounds and perspectives. The ministry is also working with Indigenous partners to co-develop supports and indicators of well-being for Indigenous students that can help inform the larger well-being strategy for all students.

People can read the engagement paper entitled Well-Being in Our Schools, Strength in Our Society, and submit their views by:

Check it out! Rowan

November 3, 2016 at 2:25 pm 1 comment

Phys Ed for overweight students

The April 2016 issue of the Journal of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (JOPERD) (87:4) includes an articles by Paul Rukavina and Sarah Doolittle titled Fostering Inclusion and Positive Physical Education Experiences for Overweight and Obese Students (p. 36-45).

This article discusses the challenges of overweight students ranging from labeling by teachers, attitudes of other students, to the ability and confidence the students. The article includes at inclusion strategies and has 5 tables including:

  1. Teacher’s concerns for overweight students in physical education
  2. Simple strategies for inclusion and positive social climate
  3. Complex strategies for inclusion and positive social climate
  4. Simple class strategies for skill development, gameplay and fitness
  5. More complex class strategies for skill development, game play and fitness.

TDSB teachers may contact the library to obtain a copy of this article.


Check it out! Rowan

May 10, 2016 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

Inquiry-based learning in Health & Phys Ed – New resource and webinar

From the May 2016 OPHEA newsletter. 

“Ophea’s new Inquiry-Based Learning in Health and Physical Education resource is a free online guide that supports elementary and secondary teachers in using inquiry-based learning to implement the 2015 Health and Physical Education Curriculum, Grades 1-12.

As a student-centered learning approach, inquiry–based learning supports students in developing critical and creative thinking, and interpersonal life skills in both health, and physical education.  Ophea’s new guide provides an overview of this learning approach, with strategies for assessment and application, and includes ready-to-go sample inquiry plans and related implementation tools.

Learn more about this new resource!

Join us for a Webinar!
Want to learn more about teaching physical education through inquiry? Attend our webinar on May 19, 2016  from 4-5pm to learn more about the inquiry learning approach, process and Ophea supports. For webinar details, click here.”

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May 9, 2016 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

Ministry releases discussion paper on student well-being

On May 4 2016, the Ministry issued a news release announcing a discussion paper on student well being.

From the news release:

“Research shows that children who have a positive sense of well-being are more resilient and better positioned to make positive and healthy choices to support their life-long learning. Students cannot achieve academically if they do not feel safe or welcomed at school, if their well-being is at risk or if they lack the tools necessary to live active and healthy lifestyles, both at home and in the classroom. Children who have a positive sense of self are better equipped to meet the challenges of a fast-paced and increasingly interconnected world.

Informed by First Nations, Métis and Inuit ways of knowing and holistic perspectives of education, starting in the fall of 2016, Ontario will build on the release of the discussion document by launching an engagement process with its education partners to establish a common understanding of what promoting well-being means in schools and to develop ways to measure progress in promoting child and student well-being. In future years, the province will also seek feedback about enhancing well-being for children in the early years, as well as educators and staff.”

The Ministry page Ontario’s Well-being Strategy for Education includes the discussion paper  and fact sheet for parents.Here are two images you can expect to see again: The Four Components of the Well-Being Strategy and the Four Domains of Well-Being


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May 5, 2016 at 1:00 pm Leave a comment

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