Report examines the state of child and youth health in Ontario and the
TORONTO, Oct. 17, 2012 /CNW/ - Ontario's 21st century students are still
using a 20th century health and physical education curriculum … and
it's taking a toll on their health. Today Ophea released a report which
highlights the critical state of child and youth health. The report
also emphasizes the potential impact that the full release and
implementation of the revised health and physical education (H&PE)
curriculum could have on this alarming situation.
"The revised H&PE curriculum, if fully released and implemented, has the
potential to reach 2.1 million children and youth in Ontario," says
Chris Markham, Ophea's Executive Director and CEO. "While we all have a
role to play in helping our youth lead healthy, active lives, the most
logical place for the change to begin is in our school system, with the
The report addresses five key areas related to child and youth health:
physical activity, substance use, sexual health, healthy eating and
mental health. Each section highlights health issues and challenges
facing our children and youth, and emphasizes the ways in which the
revised Ontario health and physical education curriculum could help to
"It is the responsibility of the Government of Ontario to provide
educators with a current, up-to-date curriculum that addresses the
needs of today's students, and reflects best practices in instruction,"
states Dr. James Mandigo, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies for
the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences at Brock University, and
President of the Ophea Board of Directors. "This is especially true in
H&PE, given the ever-changing world in which we live. The revised
curriculum needs to be fully released and implemented. Our children and
youth don't have time to wait."
Ophea has gathered support for this report and the release and
implementation of the revised H&PE curriculum from over 25
organizations, including the Council of Ontario Directors of Education,
Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario, Ontario Teachers'
Federation, ParticipACTION and Public Health Ontario.
Members of the public are encouraged to download a copy of the report at
www.ophea.net/timetomove, where they can also access an online petition and tools to help them
express their support for the full release and implementation of the
H&PE curriculum to their MPP.
Ophea is a not-for-profit organization that champions healthy, active
living in schools and communities through quality programs and
services, partnerships and advocacy. Ophea's vision is that all
children and youth will value and enjoy the lifelong benefits of
healthy, active living. To learn more about Ophea visit www.ophea.net
For further information:
Melanie Slade Morrison
Marketing and Communications Manager