Curriculum Support and Resources

Your school’s Public Health Nurse can support teachers delivering the health curriculum. The following is a list of some suggested resources.

For more information, or to request a presentation, contact your school’s Public Health Nurse directly or contact the School Health Intake Line at 613-580-6744 ext. 24242 or by email at healthy.schools@ottawa.ca.

Active Living / Injury Prevention

Displays, kits and presentations - Active Living / Injury Prevention

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Active Living

Phyz Mascot

For kindergarten to Grade 12 school events

Phyz is the physical activity mascot. He comes with a green Active Ottawa Actif t-shirt and a blue Ottawa Public Health vest. Optional gear includes a black helmet and skates.

A Public Health Nurse must accompany this resource. 

 

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Phyz Mascot

Jump Ropes

All grades

Skipping can be a positive way to enrich a student’s ability to develop strength, coordination and stamina. Kit comes with 15 long and 15 short ropes as well as a description on how to do simple skipping games. 

 

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Physical Activity Dice Game

All grades

Kids love these super-sized, soft activity dice. One die is labelled with numbers, the other with simple activities like touch your toes, or do a push up. The children throw both dice in the air and complete the number and type of activity dictated by the dice. 

 

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plush black dice with numbers and specific exercises on them

Rubber chickens

All grades

Great physical activity tool to use in a variety of games or in class teaching aid/prop. Comes with an outline on various rubber chicken games.

 

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Parachute

Grades JK-6

This parachute encourages cooperative play while building upper-body strength and helps in create perceptual and cognitive skills.

Sizes available: 12 ft, 20 ft, 30 ft.

 

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Tug-O-War

Grades 1 to 12

This 4-way Tug-o-war is an effective team builder. Being physically active and developing communication skills by working as a team to develop a strategy is the ultimate goal of this game. It can accommodate a large or small group. 

 

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Body Ball

Grades 4 to 12

Body Ball is an activity used to promote physical activity. Participants wear Velcro vests and throw balls at each other that stick to the vests. Each kit includes 4 vests and 4 balls.

 

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Omnikin Ball

Grades 4 to 12

This gigantic ball comes with set-up instructions as well as an electric pump.

 

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Speed Stackers

Grades 4 to 12

Speed Stackers can be used as a fun activity to help students develop hand-eye coordination as well as brain development, sequencing and patterning. Students stack and un-stack 12 specially designed cups in predetermined sequences.  

 

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Hacky Sacks

Grades 4 to 12

A fun, energetic, flexible moving game that encourages cooperation.

 

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Active Transportation Wheel

Grades 7 to 12 and parents

This interactive game for youth and parents educates and increases the awareness around the importance of active transportation in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Participants spin the wheel and answer questions related to physical activity, pedestrian safety, helmet safety, the environment, cycling safety and associated myths. Includes separate question and answers cards for youth and parents. Ideal for events/health fairs.

 

This activity must be staffed by a Public Health Nurse.

A colorful game wheel

Injury Prevention

Sun Safety Kit

Kindergarten to grade 8

This Sun Safety Kit contains an activity guide (JK to grade 4), UV Frisbee activity, DVD and factsheets. It also includes The Sun Game, a fun, kinesthetic floor game to reinforce UV and Sun Safety messages. The object of the game is to be the first student or team to arrive at the beach, having correctly answered the sun safety questions and then having collected all the items needed to be protected from the sun.  Contents of the kit are bilingual.

 

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Sun Safety Mini Kit

Kindergarten to grade 4

This Sun Safety Mini Kit contains an activity guide, UV Frisbee activity, DVD and factsheets. Contents of the kit are bilingual.

 

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Active Transportation Bingo

Grades 1 to 3

The goal of this game is to help students recognize road safety signs while teaching them road safety. This kit includes laminated road sign illustrations, a riddle activity to help reinforce learning, 30 different Bingo cards as well as Bingo card markers. Contents of this resource are bilingual.

 

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Cool 2 Be Safe Program

Grades 2 to 4

This is a curriculum-based program for schools. It is evidence-based and has been shown to reduce children's intentions to do fall-risk behaviors on playgrounds. This interactive program is designed to be flexible so that teachers can implement lessons whenever it suits their classroom schedule. 

 

Contact your Public Health Nurse for more information.

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Helmet Safety Bin

Grades 4 to 6

The Helmet Safety bin is used to educate students on helmet safety and head injury prevention. The bin contains a teaching manual with various lesson plans and activities, a bicycle helmet and mannequin head for a helmet fitting demonstration, photos of different types of helmets, photos of the brain lobes, an egg helmet, a gelatin brain mould, a trivia game and a DVD. 

 

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Helmet Safety Presentation

Grades 4 to 6

This 50-minute presentation covers multiple areas related to helmet safety and head injury prevention. The presentation includes the anatomy of the brain, the importance of protecting your brain, matching different types of helmets with different activities and ensuring the proper fit of a bicycle helmet. A trivia game completes the presentation to reinforcing learning. 

 

This activity must be staffed by a Public Health Nurse.
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Bicycle Safety Presentation

Grades 5 to 6

This 40-minute presentation covers multiple areas related to bicycle safety such as helmet safety, rules of the road, and bicycle riding skills. A trivia game completes the presentation to reinforcing learning.

 

This activity must be staffed by a Public Health Nurse.
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Multi Helmet Bin

Grades 7 to 12

This Multi helmet bin is used to support any activity or event by teaching about head injury prevention among youth. The bin includes a mini egg helmet, a head model and 4 helmets (bicycle, skateboarding, ski and hockey).

 

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Online resources from Ottawa Public Health - Active Living / Injury Prevention

Our pages / Target audience

Description

Active Living

Ottawa Public Health 

 (for general public)

Healthy Living:

  • How much do I need?
  • Helmet Safety
  • Start Cycling
  • Walk More
  • Where to be Active

Parenting in Ottawa

 (for parents)

  • Active Transportation

The LINK Ottawa

 (for youth and young adults)

  • Tips for youth to add more physical activity into their lives
  • Reward Apps

Injury Prevention

Ottawa Public Health

(for general public)

  • Helmet Safety
  • Sun Safety and Tanning
  • Water Safety
  • Playground Safety

Parenting in Ottawa

(for parents)

  • Anaphylaxis
  • Drug and Medication Safety
  • Helmet Safety
  • Walking and Cycling Safety
  • Sun Safety
  • Keeping children safe during hot weather
  • Mosquito and Tick Bites
  • Playground Safety
  • Water Safety

The LINK Ottawa 

(for youth and young adults)

  • Distracted driving
  • Staying safe while active
  • Sun safety
  • Water safety
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Online resources from other organizations  - Active Living / Injury Prevention

Organization

 Description

Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines

Latest updates and resources for the Canadian Physical Activity and 24-hour Movement guidelines.

Canadian Intramural Recreation Association (CIRA) - Ontario

Physical activity game demo videos.

Heart & Stroke Foundation of Ontario

Fun and engaging Hands Up videos can help children understand the importance of physical and health literacy. 

Includes lesson plans for K-8.

Ophea

Daily Physical Activity – Lesson plans, supplements and activities.

Participaction 

Build your best day program. Interactive activities for students. Fact sheets, activity posters, games and more.

Physical & Health Education Canada

Programs to ensure that children are receiving the very best physical activity and physical and health education programming designed to be inclusive, fun and support the development of the whole child.

PlaySport

Online activity-based resource to help participants build physical literacy, health literacy and the skills for healthy active living. Includes downloadable activity cards (animations/illustrations), links to the Ontario H&PE Curriculum).

Active Transportation

EnviroCentre – School Active Transportation

School Active Transportation Program.

Ontario Active School Travel

Information and tips for increase active school travel.

Includes:

School Travel Planning toolkit.

Ottawa Safety Council

Information on the Walking School Bus Program.

Ottawa Student Transportation Authority

Information on the Walking School Bus Program.

Concussions

Ministry of Education of Ontario -

Information for parents, educators, students and coaches on concussion prevention, identification and management.

Ministry of Education of Ontario -

Memorandum to provide direction to school boards on the development and implementation of their concussion policy.  

Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care - 

Guide on ways to prevent, identify and manage concussions. 

Ophea -

Toolkit developed to help schools and classrooms recognize Rowan’s Law Day and encourage students to speak up about concussions.

Ophea -

Concussion protocol and implementation tools.

Parachute Canada -

Concussion guide for teachers.

Parachute Canada -

Informative and fun half-day neuroscience presentation for students in grades 4 to 6. Students learn about parts of the brain and about protecting their brain and spinal cord. This program is coordinated through the University of Ottawa.

Road and Cycling Safety

Ontario Road Safety Learning tools and teaching aids organized by grade level and topic. For K-12.

Sun Safety

Canadian Cancer Society  SunSense Certification – Acknowledges and celebrates schools that have created a sun safe environment to protect students and staff from harmful ultraviolet radiation. 

Water Safety

Life Saving Society Swim to Survive – Training program for students in grade 3.

The above-mentioned websites contain information created, published, maintained or otherwise posted by institutions or organizations independent of the City of Ottawa. Although we have reviewed these sites, no guarantee can be made to their accuracy or availability. 

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Dental Health

Displays, kits and presentations - Dental Health

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Dental Health Resource Bin

Kindergarten to grade 4

Contains videos, books, posters, teaching models, as well as the Dental Health Education Module that includes lesson plans, activity sheets, background information and an evaluation section. Note: The Dental Health Education Module can be borrowed separately from the Dental Health Bin.

This user-friendly resource allows you to read the lesson plan, refer to the background section for additional information, photocopy the recommended activity sheets, utilize the models to teach students and assess student understanding. The Module also contains information to send home to parents to help promote dental health at home.

 

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Happy Tooth Costume

Children up to age 10

Adult-sized costumes complete with Velcro cavities, tears and smile – which we can turn down to make a frown. This costume is appropriate for use in the classroom, at a health fair, or at a community event.

 

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Online resources from Ottawa Public Health - Dental Health

Our pages / Target audience

Description

Ottawa Public Health

(for general public)

Parenting in Ottawa

(for parents)

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Online resources from other organizations - Dental Health

Organization

Description

Canadian Dental Association

Children activities and teaching resources to promote the importance of oral health to children in a fun way.

Healthy Smiles Ontario

Free dental care program for children 17 years old and under, if eligible. Designed for lower-income families in need of support.

The above-mentioned websites contain information created, published, maintained or otherwise posted by institutions or organizations independent of the City of Ottawa. Although we have reviewed these sites, no guarantee can be made to their accuracy or availability. 

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Growth & Development / Sexual Health

Displays, kits and presentations - Growth & Development / Sexual Health

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Changing Me Banners

Grades 4 to 6

This activity kit includes two banners with corresponding anatomical body parts identifying the physical changes occurring at puberty, as well as a lesson plan addressing the changes at puberty.

 

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Sexuality Kit

Grades 7 to 12

This activity kit includes samples of the different methods of contraception and sexually transmitted infection prevention as well as the Condom Game and the Objections to Condom Game. The games are interactive activities and talking points for students. The Condom Game includes the steps for correctly putting on a condom which students need to place in the correct order. The Objections to Condom Game comprises 12 cards with excuses/objections to using a condom and 12 rebuttals for why a condom should be used. Youth need to match up the excuse/objection with the appropriate rebuttal. A list of recommended websites for youths and educators is also included. 

 

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Healthy Sexuality Presentation and Support

Grades 7 to 12

Your Public Health Nurse can provide healthy sexuality support including the sexuality kit or a presentation to students. A variety of topics and activities are available (grade dependent) with regard to pregnancy prevention, sexually transmitted and/or blood born infections (STBBIs) and gender identity and sexual orientation. 

 

Contact your Public Health Nurse for more information.

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Sexuality Wheel

Grades 7 to 12

This display is ideal for a health fair setting as an interactive, educational tool when teaching students about sexual health. Students spin the wheel, land on a category and a Public Health Nurse asks them a question corresponding to the chosen category. There is an option to hide categories on the wheel with a blank pie piece if the category is not appropriate for the setting where the wheel is being used.

 

A Public Health Nurse must accompany this display.

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Online resources from Ottawa Public Health - Growth & Development / Sexual Health

Our pages / Target audience

Description

Ottawa Public Health

(for general public)

  • Information on different types of birth control
  • Sexual Health Clinics and services in Ottawa
  • Sexually Transmitted and/or Blood Borne Infections (STBBIs)
  • Men’s Sexual Health (Guys into guys)
  • Where to find free condoms in Ottawa
  • Test & Go (clinic times for quick routine STBBI testing)

Parenting in Ottawa - Children

Parenting in Ottawa - Youth

(for parents)

  • Talking to your child about puberty
  • Talking to your teen about puberty and Sexual Health

The LINK Ottawa

(for youth and young adults)

  • Sexual Health Clinics and Services
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections and/or Blood Born Infections (STBBIs)
  • Birth Control options
  • Pregnancy
  • Healthy Relationships
  • Sexuality, Gender, and Cultural Diversity
  • My body, My health (reproductive systems, puberty, vaginal health, masturbation, body image)
  • Sex it Smart (get free condoms)

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Online resources from other organizations - Growth & Development / Sexual Health

Organization

Description

 Ophea -

 

Downloadable resources and support teaching adolescent growth and development, personal hygiene and healthy active living. For grades 5-8.

 

Planned Parenthood Ottawa

Provides education, counselling, information and referrals.

PREVNet

Healthy Dating Relationships Guide.

Public Health Agency of Canada

Information on Sexually Transmitted Infections, Sexual Health Facts and Information for the public.

Sex Information & Education Council of Canada (Sieccan)

Canadian Guidelines for Sexual Health Education provide guidance to educators and policy makers for the development and evaluation of comprehensive evidence-based sexual health education in Canada. (2019)

Also includes: Sexual Health Education for Youth with Physical Disabilities; Sexual Orientation in Schools; Gender Identity in Schools.

Teaching Sexual Health

 

 

Teacher portal from Alberta Education. Teacher guide on how to respond to student questions and manage sensitive issues. Includes lesson plans, tools and grade-specific resources.

 

Differing Abilities: Lesson plans for students who may experience challenges in their social and emotional development in comparison to typically developing students.    The lesson plans often give options for students who may need more support versus activities where students can work more independently or in small groups.

The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC) –

Information on sexual and reproductive health. Includes LGBTTQ+, healthy relationships and consent. Can order materials (brochures, info cards, guides).

The above-mentioned websites contain information created, published, maintained or otherwise posted by institutions or organizations independent of the City of Ottawa. Although we have reviewed these sites, no guarantee can be made to their accuracy or availability.

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Healthy Eating

Displays, kits and presentations - Healthy Eating

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Sugar Shocker Kit 

Kindergarten to grade 12

This display exposes the nutritional and sugar content of popular beverages. Fruit drinks, iced tea, pop drinks, energy drinks, iced coffee, sports drinks, vitamin added water, 100% orange juice, chocolate milk, white milk and water are featured. Packets of sugar illustrate the quantity of sugar in each beverage. An educational guide with key messages is also included.  

 

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A display of beverage bottles with sugar packets in front of each bottle representing the amount of sugar in the respective bottles.

Healthy Eating Toolkit 

Grades 1 to 6

This toolkit contains various food models for students to create a healthy breakfast & lunch. 

*The binder/lesson plans are currently being updated and therefore are not currently available in the kit. 

 

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 A playfully placed table display featuring fake plastic toy food and papers

Nutrition Mini Kit 

Grades 2 to 6

This nutrition mini kit is a tool to help teach students the importance of healthy nutrition. The kit consists of these topics: 

  • Lunch
  • Snacks
  • Vegetable and fruit
  • Canada’s Food Guide (2019)

The kit includes background information for teachers, food pictures, activities and factsheets. 

 

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a Navy blue table display with Black flash cards that show different foods featured in the Canadian food guide.

Sip Smart!™ Display and Wheel

Grades 3 to 7

This display reinforces the messages children learn in the Sip Smart!™ Ontario classroom educational program by promoting healthy drink choices. Use the wheel and let the students guess how many cubes of sugar there are in a sugar-sweetened beverage. The bright-coloured banner will display what drink choices are best to have every day, sometimes and to avoid. 

 

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Sip Smart Display and wheel

I ♥ 2 Cook

Grades 5 to 8

This bin consists of kitchen equipment such as dishes, utensils and sets of pots and pans. It also comes with a teacher’s manual which includes six lesson plans, recipes, and factsheets for students. Schools need to purchase ingredients with their own budget.  

 

This activity can be borrowed to use in your school for a 6 weeks period. 

 

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Complimentary resources:

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Virtual Grocery Tour 

Grades 6 to 12

This 60-minute PowerPoint presentation prepared by Ottawa Public Health can be sent to teachers to deliver as part of their lessons. This presentation covers multiple areas related to healthy grocery shopping. It includes insight to the grocery store layout, comparing nutrition labels and tips for making healthy choices.

 

*This presentation is currently being updated.

 

Contact your Public Health Nurse for more information. 

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Get the Real Deal on Your Meal – Nutrition Myths & Facts Game 

Grades 9 to 12

This resource is a Jeopardy style PowerPoint game for teachers to use as part of a healthy eating lesson. The game categories include “Thirsting for Knowledge; Knowing your ABCs; Let’s Keep the Doctor Away; Pass the Salt Please and How Sweet It Is”. A facilitation guide with explanation and background information is also included as part of this resource.

 

*This game is currently being updated.

 

Contact your Public Health Nurse for more information.

A colorful chart with the game headers Thirsting for Knowledge, Knowing your ABCs, Let’s Keep the Doctor Away, Pass the Salt Please and How Sweet It Is

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Online resources from Ottawa Public Health - Healthy Eating

Our pages / Target audience

Description

Ottawa Public Health

(for general audience)

  • Find a Registered Dietitian in Ottawa
  • Finding Fresh Vegetables and Fruits in Ottawa
  • Food Insecurity
  • Food Safety
  • For Professionals
  • Programs and Resources
  • Healthy Eating for Children and Youth

Parenting in Ottawa

(for parents)

The LINK Ottawa

(for youth and young adults)

  • Dieting
  • Meal planning
  • Navigating Eating Out
  • Vegetarian and Vegan Diets
  • Energy Drinks

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Online resources from other organizations - Healthy Eating

Organization

Description

BrightBites

 

Resources for teachers and school leaders to improve school nutrition and the eating habits of students

 

Includes:

Sip Smart! Ontario – Lesson plans licensed by the Ministry of Education to educate children on sugary drinks and healthy drink choices

Dieticians of Canada

 

Resources, apps, and videos on various nutrition topics throughout the lifecycle

Includes:

  • eaTracker – App for clients to plan meals, analyze recipes, and track physical activity
  • Cookspiration – App to find recipes for any time of the day or week
  • UnlockFood – Information on nutrition and healthy eating. Formely EatRight Ontario.

Food Allergy Canada

Brochures, posters, and information sheets on common food allergens.

Foodland Ontario

Interactive website on the availability of Ontario produce, nutritional benefits, and recipes. Includes Kids Corner.

Freggie Tales

Children’s program to encourage consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables. Includes lesson plans and interactive online games for students. For grades 1-6. 

Government of Canada -

Released in 2019. This guide is a modern approach to promoting healthy eating, making healthier eating choices easier for all Canadians.  Available in multiple languages.

Health Canada

Various nutrition topics throughout the lifecycle: food labels, food allergies and intolerances, food safety, healthy weights, choosing healthy foods, nutrients, and much more.


Canada’s Food Guide – Tips and tools to help you eat well

Nutrition Screening

Nutrition screening questionnaires to find out what is going well, where there is room for improvement, and where to find trusted healthy eating information and tools.

 

Nutri-eSTEP for preschoolers - 17 questions for a parent or caregiver for a preschool child (3-5 years).

Policy/Program Memorandum No. 150 (PPM 150)

Nutrition standards for food and beverages sold in publicly funded elementary and secondary schools in Ontario.

The Healthy Eating Manual

Lesson plans and activities to incorporate healthy eating information into programs.

The above-mentioned websites contain information created, published, maintained or otherwise posted by institutions or organizations independent of the City of Ottawa. Although we have reviewed these sites, no guarantee can be made to their accuracy or availability.

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Hygiene

Displays, kits and presentations - Hygiene

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Handwashing poster

All grades

Printable bilingual poster that illustrates the 6-steps to proper hand washing.

 

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Glitterbug

Kindergarten to grade 8

This unit, and the activities that come with it, encourage proper hand washing. It contains an ultra violet light unit, “germ” lotion, activities, books, and an education module. Contents of the bin are bilingual.

 

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Hygiene Kit

Grades 4 to 6

The kit contains hygiene information cards, classroom activities, labelled product samples and fact sheets to teach students about personal hygiene. 

 

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Hygiene Kit

Smelling Smelly DVD

Grades 4 to 6

This 9-minute DVD will show students the importance of personal hygiene. 

 

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Smelling Smelly DVD

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Online resources from Ottawa Public Health - Hygiene

Our pages / Target Audience

Description

Ottawa Public Health

(for general public)

  • Cleaning and disinfection checklist
  • Cleaning and disinfection of toys
  • Chain of infection
  • Hand hygiene for infants and young children
  • Hand hygiene resources
  • Environmental cleaning and disinfection in child care centres and schools

Parenting in Ottawa - Children

 

Parenting in Ottawa - Youth

(for parents)

  • Hand Hygiene and children, proper hand washing technique
  • Using Hand Sanitizer
  • Washing a young child’s hands
  • Body, face, hair and nail care

The LINK Ottawa - Vaginal Health

 

The LINK Ottawa - Penis Care

(for youth and young adults)

 

  • Information and tips on vaginal health and penis care.

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Mental Health

Displays, kits and presentations - Mental Health

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MindMasters 2

JK to grade 4

MindMasters 2 is a mental health promotion resource that helps children to master emotional regulation through relaxation, positive thinking and mindfulness.
It introduces children to these skills in fun and age-appropriate ways. With practice, children can use these skills on their own, in a variety of settings throughout their lifetime.

MindMasters 2 was developed by the Child and Youth Health Network for Eastern Ontario and the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario. It is now a program of Ottawa Public Health. It is designed for adults (both parents and professionals) to use with children ages 4-9 years. 

It includes a guidebook (with instructions, discussion questions and link to the Ontario Elementary curriculum) printable templates and media files (audio tracks, videos, songs). 

 

Contact your Public Health Nurse for more information.

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Playground Activity Leaders in Schools (PALS)

Grades 4 to 6

Playground Activity Leaders in Schools (PALS) is a leadership program that encourages all children to be active at recess. The aim of the program is to:

• Decrease conflict and reduce playground bullying;

• Increase physical activity;

• Offer senior students the opportunity to gain valuable communication, leadership and conflict resolution skills as games leaders.

A Public Health Nurse will support teachers to offer instruction to students with leadership qualities to be Playground Activity Leaders in their schools. The leaders plan and lead fun and safe activities, and mediate conflicts, during recess for younger students in their school. School staff over-see the program and, in some schools, parents help.

 

Contact your Public Health Nurse for more information.

Playground Activity Leaders in Schools (PALS)

Body Confidence Presentation

Grades 4 to 9

This 60-minute workshop addresses key topics including:

  • Appearance pressures; where they come from and their impact on body confidence
  • Media including professional, personal and social media (including how they can be manipulated, why they are manipulated and how they affect body confidence)
  • Peer pressure and it’s role on body confidence
  • Strategies for promoting and protecting body confidence

 

This activity must be staffed by a Public Health Nurse.

Self-esteem, body image photo

Stress Busters Display

Grades 5 to 8

 

An interactive display that addresses ways youth can deal with stress. The display consists of 11 photos and accompanying tips on how youth can deal in a healthy way with the stressors in their lives. 

 

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Healthy Transitions

Grade 6

Healthy Transitions is a mental health promotion program for young adolescents, their parents and teachers. The program was developed by the Child and Youth Health Network for Eastern Ontario and facilitated through the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO). During the program, students will learn about bouncing back from setbacks, talking to parents, friends and teachers, coping/handling feelings, worries and stress and how and where to get help if needed. The Healthy Transitions program is designed to be used during class time and meets expectations from The Ontario Curriculum. The program includes group activities and discussions about handling everyday struggles and positive ways to express oneself.

 

A Public Health Nurse from Ottawa Public Health can support teacher in the delivery of the program.

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Mental Health GAB

Grades 7 to 12

This game is based on the game MAD GAB. The object of the game is to get the most points while learning resiliency strategies, reducing mental health stigma and promoting health and well being. The puzzles contain small words that, when heard together, make a different word or phrase. For example, "Yore Luke Ink Hood" when pronounced quickly sounds like "You're Looking Good." Each puzzle comes with a clue that can be read by the facilitator if needed and key messages to reinforce learning.

 

Contact your Public Health Nurse for more information.

 

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Mental Health Block Game

Grades 9 to 12

 

An interactive block game used to engage students about mental health.

Questions are asked with the goal of starting a dialogue about reducing stigma, building resiliency, talking about mental health and building social connections. Students then move one of the blocks while attempting to keep the structure balanced.

 

This activity must be staffed by a Public Health Nurse.

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Online resources from Ottawa Public Health - Mental Health

Our pages / Target Audience

Description

Ottawa Public Health

(for general public)

Parenting in Ottawa - Children 

 

Parenting in Ottawa - Youth

 

Parenting in Ottawa - Pathway to School (School Readiness)

(for parents)

  • Anxiety and Stress in Children
  • Attachment
  • Body Image and Self Esteem
  • Bullying
  • Brain Development in Children
  • Behaviour and Temperament in Children
  • Self-Regulation in Children
  • Resiliency in Children
  • Sense of Agency
  • Bullying
  • Body Image and Self-esteem in Youth
  • Responding to Stressful Events
  • Gambling

The LINK Ottawa

(for youth and young adults)

  • How to Deal with Stress
  • Body Confidence
  • Bullying
  • Building Social Connections
  • How to Ask for Help
  • Reducing Stigma
  • Gambling

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Online resources from other organizations - Mental Health

Organization

Description

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health -

 

Interactive results of population survey of Ontario students in grades 7-12. Serves to identify epidemiological trends in student drug use, mental health, physical health, gambling, bullying and other risk behaviors, as well as identifying risk and protective factors.

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health -

Helps to increase awareness about mental illness and the stigma that surrounds it. Includes the Teacher’s Resource Guide.

Media Smarts

Resources and lesson plans on body image. For K-12.

Ophea

 

 

This site includes everything anyone who teaches kids needs to enable children and youth to lead healthy active lives.

Level up: Resource that supports educators and program leaders in promoting positive mental health and overall well-being with children and youth ages 6-18.

Ottawa Bullying Prevention Coalition

A variety of resources on bullying. Not all resources are available in French.

Physical & Health Education Canada - 

Simple-to-use strategies and tools to assess resilience needs and provide resources to promote and enhance teacher and student mental health.

School Mental Health Ontario

Resource designed to support elementary educators (K-8) in this role by offering a repository of high-quality everyday mental health practices that can be incorporated into classroom routines.

Youth Net

Offers presentations on mental health and engage in healthy activities to reduce stigma, promote positive coping strategies, and encourage reaching out for help. For grades 7-12.

The above-mentioned websites contain information created, published, maintained or otherwise posted by institutions or organizations independent of the City of Ottawa. Although we have reviewed these sites, no guarantee can be made to their accuracy or availability.

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Screen Time / Internet Safety

Displays, kits and presentations - Screen time / Internet Safety

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Screen Time Plinko Game

Grades 4 to 6

Grades 7 to 12

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Online resources from Ottawa Public Health - Screen time / Internet Safety

Our pages / Target audience

Description

Parenting in Ottawa

(for parents)

Includes information on recommended daily screen time use.

The LINK Ottawa

(for youth and young adults)

Includes information on the importance of building social connections and limiting screen time.

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Online resources from other organizations - Screen time / Internet Safety

Organization

Description

Media Smarts

Includes lessons, resources, tip sheets, PD and classroom tutorials on online safety. Includes sexting. For grades 4-8.

Ophea - 

Online resource addressing internet safety for students. For grades 4-6. 

Ophea - 

Teaches students about the risks and safety issues surrounding the Internet and helps them recognize and respond to these situations.  For grades 7-8. 

 Ottawa Police Service

Tips for safe internet use. Includes tips on online interactions and online bullying.

The above-mentioned websites contain information created, published, maintained or otherwise posted by institutions or organizations independent of the City of Ottawa. Although we have reviewed these sites, no guarantee can be made to their accuracy or availability.

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Substances

Displays, kits and presentations - Substances

Resource name and target audience

Resource description

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Poisons in Tobacco Kit

Grades 3 to 6

This interactive kit shows some of the dangerous chemicals found in household items that are also present in cigarettes. The anatomy of the lungs as well as the health effects of inhaling or ingesting these chemicals are discussed. A teacher facilitation guide, a student quiz and a storybook are also included.

 

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Photo of products found in cigarettes, present in the Poison in Tobacco kit

Pig's Lungs Presentation

Grade 4 

The inflatable pig’s lungs provide an excellent opportunity to teach students about the deadly effects of smoking. The display includes one healthy lung, a dried cross-section of a lung, a jar of “tar” and one diseased lung, which simulates the effects of smoking a pack of cigarettes a day for 20 years. Vaping is also discussed in this presentation.

 

This activity must be staffed by a Public Health Nurse.

Photo of a public health nurse demonstrating the effects of tobacco on pig's lungs
Alcohol iClicker Presentation

Grade 5

This is a 50-minute interactive presentation using iClicker software. Each student will receive a handheld remote which will allow him or her to answer questions throughout the presentation. This presentation covers multiple areas related to alcohol and its use including how it affects the body and its potential negative effects.

 

This activity must be staffed by a Public Health Nurse.

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Substance Misuse Prevention Games kit

Grades 5 to 8

A kit of interactive games related to alcohol and cannabis. Instructions as well as all the materials needed to play the games are included.  

 

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Photo of items found in the substance games kit (gloves, glasses, binders, flyswaters)

Cannabis iClicker Presentation

Grade 6

This is a 50-minute interactive presentation using iClicker software. Each student will receive a handheld remote which will allow him or her to answer questions throughout the presentation. This presentation covers multiple areas related to marijuana and its use including how it affects the body and its potential negative effects. 

 

This activity must be staffed by a Public Health Nurse.

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Substance iClicker Presentation

Grades 7 to 8

This is a 60-minute interactive presentation using i-Clicker software. Students will receive a handheld remote, which will allow them to answer questions throughout the presentation. This presentation covers multiple areas related to legal and illegal substances including the difference between prescription and illicit drugs. Substances covered in this presentation include examples of prescription drugs, non-prescription drugs and illicit drugs with an emphasis on tobacco, alcohol, and cannabis. Refusal skills are also discussed.

 

This activity must be staffed by a Public Health Nurse.

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Substance Block Game

Grades 7 to 12

An interactive block game used to engage students about cannabis and vaping.

 

Questions are asked with the goal of starting a dialogue about the health effects, legalities, and impacts of cannabis and vaping use. Students then move one of the blocks while attempting to keep the structure balanced.

 

This activity must be staffed by a Public Health Nurse.

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Substance Wheel

Grades 7 to 12

This interactive display is ideal for a health fair or as an educational tool for youth regarding substance use. Students spin the wheel, land on a category and a Public Health Nurse asks them a question corresponding to the chosen category. Grade dependent, categories include alcohol, cannabis, tobacco, opioids, vaping as well as refusal skills, ways to party smart and prescription versus non-prescription drugs.  Includes separate sets of bilingual questions and answers for grades 7 and 8 and for grades 9 to 12.

 

A Public Health Nurse must accompany this display.

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Vaping Myths Educator Guide

Grades 7 to 12

This guide can be used to engage youth in meaningful discussion about the harmful effects of vaping. Topics include health effects, social influences and other important facts. 

 

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 Vaping Myths Educator Guide

Substance iClicker Presentation

Grades 9 to 12

This is a 65-minute interactive presentation using iClicker software. Students will receive a handheld remote which will allow them to answer questions throughout the presentation. This presentation covers multiple areas related to legal and illegal substances. Substances covered in this presentation include alcohol, vaping, cannabis, ecstasy, and opioids including fentanyl.

 

This activity must be staffed by a Public Health Nurse.

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Opioid Misuse Prevention presentation

Grades 9 to 12

This 30-minute presentation covers multiple areas related to opioids including fentanyl. The effects on the body including overdose signs & symptoms and what to do in case of an opioid overdose such as naloxone information and access are also presented.

 

This activity must be staffed by a Public Health Nurse.

Opioid Misuse Prevention presentation
 

Plasma Car Activity

Grades 9 to 12

This activity focuses on driving safety as it relates to impaired and distracted driving. It simulates driving while safely introducing a feeling of impairment (visual impairment goggles) or distraction (text messaging). Please see instructions for weight restrictions.

 

A Public Health Nurse must accompany this display.

Plasma cars

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Online resources from Ottawa Public Health - Substances

Our pages / Target audience

Description

Ottawa Public Health - 

(for parents)

  • Cannabis
  • Discarded Needles in our Community
  • Fentanyl and Carfentanil
  • Find Your Way Community Resource Guide
  • Harm Reduction Services in Ottawa
  • Local Resources
  • Naloxone
  • Preventing and Responding to an Overdose
  • Secure your Meds

Ottawa Public Health -

(for parents)

  • Alcohol and Your Health
  • Use Responsibly
  • Standard Drink Size
  • Information for Youth and Young Adults
  • Information for Parents

Ottawa Public Health -

(for parents)

  • Services in Ottawa to Help People Quit Smoking
  • Second-hand smoke, smoke-free spaces and the law
  • Vaping and Hookah
  • Youth and Young Adults

Ottawa Public Health - 

(for parents)

  • Preventing and Responding to Overdoses
  • Fentanyl and Carfentanil
  • Naloxone
  • Party Safe
  • #drugcheking results from Sandy Hill Community Centre
  • Local Resources

Parenting in Ottawa

(for parents)

  • Alcohol
  • Cannabis
  • Tobacco
  • Vaping
  • Opioids

The LINK Ottawa

(for youth and young adults)

  • Alcohol
  • Drugs
  • Tobacco
  • Cannabis
  • Vaping
  • Party Safe

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Online resources from other organizations - Substances

Organization

 Description

Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction

Information and publications to address issues related to substance use and addiction that affect the health and safety of Canadians.

Center for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)

Information on programs & services, mental illness & addiction

 

 

Interactive results of population survey of Ontario students in grades 7-12. Serves to identify epidemiological trends in student drug use, mental health, physical health, gambling, bullying and other risk behaviors, as well as identifying risk and protective factors.

Health Canada

Resources to educate Canadians, particularly youth, about the risks of drug and substance. Also includes information on enforcement, treatment and harm reduction.

Media Smarts

Lesson plans, tip sheets and other resources on various topics in the media (such as alcohol and tobacco).

Ophea

Information on cannabis to help students develop the knowledge and skills needed to make informed decisions to support their health and well-being. For grades 1-12.

The Lung Association

Information to promote lung health and prevent and manage lung disease.

University of Victoria – Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research

Tools to encourage students to both express and think crucially about their current drug- and gambling related beliefs, attitudes and behaviours. For grades 4-12.

The above-mentioned websites contain information created, published, maintained or otherwise posted by institutions or organizations independent of the City of Ottawa. Although we have reviewed these sites, no guarantee can be made to their accuracy or availability.

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