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We'll show you how to make your school a healthy school! Parents, teachers & principals - learn how to make your school healthier using our free toolkit and find out why schools are an ideal place to …

We'll show you how to make your school a healthy school! Parents, teachers & principals - learn how to make your school healthier using our free toolkit and find out why schools are an ideal place to focus on improving kids’ health. Presented by People for Education and the Ontario Physical and Health Education Association.

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  • 1. A webinar by People for Education and Ophea February 15, 2012; 7:00 – 8:00pm Creating Healthy Schools and Kids ~a shared responsibility~This webinar was made possiblethrough funding from the Heartand Stroke Foundations SparkAdvocacy grants.
  • 2. Agenda: Ready…Set…Go!Ready!• Why the focus on healthy schools and kids?Set!• An assessment tool you can use• Idea exchange: what’s working provincially and locally?Go!• Engaging the whole school community• Strategies and supports
  • 3. Ready! Why focus on healthy schools and kids? Health and education are interdependent: healthy students are better learners
  • 4. Did you know?This is the first generation of kids that may not live as long as their parents. ~HSFO 2009~  Only 32% of children and youth get the recommended 60 minutes physical activity every day  6 - 19 year olds in Canada spend an average of 8.6 hours per day in sedentary pursuits  One out of every four Canadian children is overweight or obese  Less than 50% of kids are getting the minimum number of servings per day of vegetables and fruit  By graduation, the average student will have spent 15,000 hours watching TV and only 500 hours in Health and Physical Education programs
  • 5. Active Healthy Kids Canada Report CardD- Physical Activity LevelsD Active Play and LeisureC Active TransportationF Sedentary BehaviorD Physical EducationC Family Physical Activity
  • 6. Why are schools a great place to improvekids’ health?Health and education success are intertwined: schoolscannot achieve their primary mission of education ifstudents are not healthy. -Storey, 200995% of Ontario children and youth attend public schoolsStudents spend an average of 6 hours a day, 5 days a week, for12 to 14 years in schoolKids take H&PE classes every year until grade 8 and for one yearin high school
  • 7. Health & Physical Education (H&PE) CurriculumThe revised H&PEcurriculum is based onthe vision that theknowledge and skillsacquired in the programwill benefit studentsthroughout their lives,helping them thrive in anever changing world.
  • 8. Why Healthy Schools?According to the Ministry of Education:• H&PE programs are most effective when delivered in healthy schools and when students’ learning is supported by school staff, families and communities.• Research shows that a healthy school environment supports student success. Students, teachers and the larger community benefit when children and youth learn in a healthy school.
  • 9. Why Healthy Schools?The healthy schools approach is embedded in two keyfindings:  Healthy children are better prepared to learn.  Schools have a significant influence on the health and well-being of children and youth.By providing and promoting opportunities for enhancingstudents’ social, emotional and physical health:  Healthy behaviours will be established that will last a lifetime.  Achievement levels will improve.
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  • 11. Foundations for a Healthy School• High Quality Instruction and Programs• A Healthy Physical Environment• A Supportive Social Environment• Community Partnerships
  • 12. Set! Online Tool
  • 13. The Healthy Schools Process• Establish a Healthy School Community Team• Assess Your Environment• Plan and Act• Celebrate Page 13
  • 14. The Idea ExchangeLet’s Talk!• What is your school doing now to promote health?• What steps has your school taken to create healthier schools and kids?
  • 15. Go! Tips, strategies and supports to createhealthier schools and kids
  • 16. Healthy School Community Partners
  • 17. Parents Engaged in Healthy SchoolsLead by example. Participate in healthy activities at home as a family.
  • 18. Parents Engaged in Healthy SchoolsTalk about the importance of H&PE and healthy school activitieswith your child, teachers, principal, and school council.
  • 19. Parents Engaged in Healthy SchoolsGet together with others and assess your school’s strengths andpriorities, and make a plan.
  • 20. Parents Engaged in Healthy SchoolsPartner with public health, recreation and others.
  • 21. Parents Engaged in Healthy SchoolsWhat are we really saying? Encourage and support youth engagement.
  • 22. Parents Engaged in Healthy SchoolsSupport and be actively involved with the healthy schools activitiesat your child’s school e.g., school community events.
  • 23. Parents Engaged in Healthy SchoolsSpread the word! Communicate the importance of creating healthyschools and kids!
  • 24. Ontario Ministry of EducationHealthy Schools Recognition Program• Promotes and celebrates healthy practices in schools.• To accept the challenge, the school principal, school council chair and a student representative (if applicable) must identify at least one activity – in addition to any current activities – to undertake to make their schools healthier places to learn.www.ontario.ca/healthyschools
  • 25. Key Government Strategies and Policies• 2010 Health and Physical Education Curriculum• Healthy School Strategy• Daily Physical Activity (DPA)• School Food and Beverage Policy• Safe Schools• The School Effectiveness Framework• Student Well-Being Research Framework• Roots of Violence• Full day learning for 4 - and 5 - year olds• After-School Strategy• Ontario Public Health Standards Page 25
  • 26. Ophea Programs and Services• Provide high quality support• Address curriculum expectations; are school based and/or community-based• Are developed and tested by experts in the field and are consistent with current research and best practices• Are continuously evaluated to ensure they meet ongoing client and sector needs• Many are available in English and French• Reach educators, public health professionals and sport and recreation/community leaders
  • 27. Ophea.net: Healthy Schools & CommunitiesPresentation Title | Date
  • 28. For more information… People for Education - www.peopleforeducation.ca www.facebook.com/peopleforeducation twitter.com/anniekidder Ophea - www.ophea.net www.facebook.com/opheacanada twitter.com/opheacanada www.youtube.com/opheacanada The Ontario Ministry of Education Active Healthy Kids Canadahttp://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/healthyschools/foundations.html www.activehealthykids.ca Children’s fitness tax credit information Ontario Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance www.cra-arc.gc.ca/fitness (federal) or www.ocdpa.on.ca www.fin.gov.on.ca/en/catc/faq.html (provincial) ParticipACTION Centers for Disease Control and Prevention www.participaction.comhttp://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/adolescenthealth/pdf/parent_engagement_factsheet.pdf Ontario Healthy Schools Coalition www.ontariohealthyschools.ca Heart and Stroke Foundation www.heartandstroke.ca Page 28
  • 29. About People for EducationPeople for Education is an independent charitable organization working to support public education in Ontarios English, Catholic and French schools.  We believe that public education has the capacity to transform and enrich childrens lives, and is the foundation of a civil society.We work to build support for public education by:• providing clear, accessible information about the public education system to parents and citizens• conducting research and policy analysis on education issues• engaging people to become actively involved in education issues in their own community• connecting parents, educators, community groups, policy-makers and researchers across Ontario
  • 30. About Ophea Ophea is led by the vision that all children and youth in Ontariovalue, participate in, and make a lifelong commitment to healthy active living.Ophea is:•a provincial not-for-profit organization dedicated to supportingOntario schools and communities through quality programsupports, partnerships, and advocacy•supportive of Health and Physical Education (H&PE) as afoundational component of healthy schools and communities
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