Our Impact Why We Exist
To support student well-being in schools across Ontario.
Our Story What We Do
History of Organization
Based in Toronto, Ophea is recognized by the Ontario Ministry of Education as a provincial subject association for Health and Physical Education. Ophea originated in 1921 as the Public Health and Physical Education section of the Ontario Education Association. A new executive format was created in 1967, helping to ensure that provincial issues pertaining to physical and health education would receive full consideration without bias. During the 1990’s, Ophea incorporated, creating a more focused and corporate-minded organization. In the new millennium, Ophea re-focused its strategic direction to support schools and communities. Ophea’s commitment to continual improvement has built its capacity to have a significant impact in Ontario and beyond.
Accolades and Accomplishments
- Reach all 5,000 publicly-funded schools, 72 school boards, 36 public health units & 13 faculties of education in Ontario
- 93% of Ontario schools rely on Ophea as their primary support for health & wellness tools
- "One-Stop-Shop" for health and physical activity supports
- Largest independent publisher of health and wellness information in Canadian schools
- Full-service project-management organization (ISO certified)
Our Programs How We Do It
Ophea builds the knowledge, ability and confidence of teachers, principals, school board administrators, public health and community leaders to deliver quality educational programs across various health topics. We also advocate for inclusive policies that enhance healthy, active living.
Ophea collaborates with partners (government, private sector, community health organizations) to help build healthier, safer and happier schools and communities. Some of the partners we have worked with include:
- Canadian Tire
- Dairy Farmers of Canada
- Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment
- Novo Nordisk
- Ontario Government
- Ontario Medical Association
- TD Bank Group
We have 4 main areas of focus (English & French):
- Curriculum: Health and Physical Education, kindergarten - grade 12
- Healthy Schools: community engagement approach to school health
- Physical Activity: promotion across the lifespan
- Injury prevention: across all sports and physical activities within schools
Our products & services meet the needs of our clients:
- Teaching & Support Tools: lesson plans, activity cards, videos, resource guides & student materials
- Conferences & Workshops: online & in-person training sessions
- Help Desk: contact us by phone, email or in-person
What You Can Do
Support Healthy Schools
Ophea’s Healthy Schools Certification recognizes and celebrates school communities for promoting and enhancing the health and well-being of students, school staff and the broader community. This important initiative helps communities, through a step-by-step process, come together to share ideas, plan and take action to address any one of the following health topics:
- Physical Activity: Only 7% of Toronto’s students are meeting Canada’s physical activity guidelines for youth (Toronto's Vital Signs® Report 2015).
- Healthy Eating: Only 38.3% of Torontonians 12 and over reported eating at least five servings of fruit and vegetables daily (Toronto's Vital Signs® Report 2015).
- Mental Health: The mental health of Toronto’s youth (12-19) has declined (Toronto's Vital Signs® Report 2015).
- Personal Safety & Injury Prevention: One in five students reported experiencing bullying in the previous 12 months (Toronto's Vital Signs® Report 2015).
- Growth & Development: LGBTQ communities are one of the most frequently targeted groups for hate per bias crimes (Toronto's Vital Signs® Report 2015).
- Substance Use, Addictions & Related Behaviours: Compared to Ontario averages, Toronto students smoke and drink less (Toronto's Vital Signs® Report 2015).
Schools earn points at each process step and are recognized for their achievements through a Gold, Silver or Bronze Certification.
Your donation will help Ophea build more healthy schools across Ontario.
Visit www.ophea.net/healthy-schools-certification to learn more.