School Health Online


Welcome to School Health Online!

A new platform to support the delivery of the Ontario Health and Physical Education Curriculum and enhance the teaching experience.


Curriculum Support and Resources

School Health Online will equip teachers and educators with the tools and information they need, by offering comprehensive facilitator guides, engaging activities, and interactive multimedia resources. The content covers a wide spectrum of topics that align with the various grade levels and educational objectives. 

As we continue to grow and improve the platform, we welcome your feedback to meet your needs. You can provide us feedback by clicking the feedback button in the bottom right corner.

JK to Grade 3 

Active Living (Physical Activity)

Active for Life


Active for Life logo

Lesson plans and resources for developing physical literacy. 

Kindergarten Program & Ontario Health and Physical Education Curriculum Expectations (2019):

  • JK/SK:
    • 2.2 - Demonstrate a willingness to try new experiences
    • 6.1 - Demonstrate an understanding of the effects of healthy, active living on the mind and body
    • 6.5 - Discuss and demonstrate in play what makes them happy and unhappy, and why
    • 7 - Participate actively and regularly in a variety of activities that require the application of movement concepts
    • 8 - Develop movement skills and concepts as they use their growing bodies to move in a variety of ways and in a variety of contexts
  • Grades 1, 2 & 3:
    • B1 - Participate actively and regularly in a wide variety of physical activities, and demonstrate an understanding of how physical activity can be incorporated into their daily lives;
    • B2 - Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of being physically active, and apply physical fitness concepts and practices that contribute to healthy, active living.
    • B3 - Demonstrate responsibility for their own safety and the safety of others as they participate in physical activities.
    • C1 - Perform movement skills, demonstrating an understanding of the basic requirements of the skills and applying movement concepts as appropriate, as they engage in a variety of physical activities;
    • C2 - Apply movement strategies appropriately, demonstrating an understanding of the components of a variety of physical activities, in order to enhance their ability to participate successfully in those activities. 

Dental Health

Dental Health Education Module


Screenshot of the module

This module has been developed by Ottawa Public Health to increase dental health education within school communities. Inside this resource, you will find lesson plans as well as extension activities that aim to increase knowledge of proper dental health. 

Dental health is an indicator of many other health related behaviours such as personal care and nutritional habits. By increasing knowledge of healthy dental habits, we hope to influence positive changes in the overall health of children in our communities. 

Kindergarten Program & Ontario Health and Physical Education Curriculum Expectations (2019):

  • JK/SK:
    • 6.2 – Investigate the benefits of nutritious foods (e.g., nutritious snacks, healthy meals, foods from various cultures) and explore ways of ensuring healthy eating (e.g., choosing nutritious food for meals and snacks, avoiding foods to which they are allergic)
    • 6.3 - Practice and discuss appropriate personal hygiene that promotes personal, family, and community health
  • Grade 1:
    • D1.1 - Food for healthy bodies and minds
    • D2.5 - Hygienic procedures
  • Grade 2:
    • D1.5 - Body appreciation
    • D2.2 - Food choices (snacks, meals)
    • D2.4 - Oral health
  • Grade 3:
    • D2.1 - Oral health, food choices 

Healthy Eating

OPH Healthy Eating Book List for Children


Screenshot of the Book List

Registered Dietitians at Ottawa Public Health reviewed a variety of children’s books to create a list of books that promote healthy eating messages consistent with current nutrition recommendations. The result is this list of 16 books for children that focus on food – growing, preparing and eating. The books are available to borrow at Ottawa Public Libraries.

Kindergarten Program
 & Ontario Health and Physical Education Curriculum Expectations (2019):

  • JK/SK:
    • 6.1 - Demonstrate an understanding of the effects of healthy, active living on the mind and body
    • 6.2 - Investigate the benefits of nutritious foods
    • 11. - Demonstrate an understanding and critical awareness of a variety of written materials that are read by and with their educators
  • Grade 1:
    • D1.1 - Food for healthy bodies and minds
    • D2.2 - Hunger and thirst cues
  • Grade 2:
    • D1.2 - Food allergies
    • D2.1 - Healthy eating patterns
    • D2.2 - Food choices (snacks, meals)
  • Grade 3:
    • D1.1 - Food origins, nutritional value, and environmental impact
    • D2.1 - Oral health, food choices
    • D3.1 - Local and cultural foods, eating choices


Bright Bites


Bright Bites logo

Bright Bites was developed by Ontario Dietitians in Public Health (ODPH) to boost student well-being. Teachers and other school leaders can use the resources available to facilitate lessons and programs. Bright Bites can help you to:

  • Provide a healthy classroom environment
  • Provide hands-on opportunities to build food literacy
  • Support students in developing healthy relationships with food
  • Use Canada’s Food Guide

Kindergarten Program & Ontario Health and Physical Education Curriculum Expectations (2019):

  • JK/SK:
    • 6.1 - Demonstrate an understanding of the effects of healthy, active living on the mind and body
    • 6.2 - Investigate the benefits of nutritious foods
  • Grade 1:
    • D1.1 - Food for healthy bodies and minds
    • D2.1 - Canada’s Food Guide
    • D2.2 - Hunger and thirst cues
  • Grade 2:
    • D2.1 - Healthy eating patterns
    • D2.2 - Food choices (snacks, meals)
  • Grade 3: 
    • D1.1 - Food origins, nutritional value, and environmental impact
    • D2.1 - Oral health, food choices
    • D3.1 - Local and cultural foods, eating choices

 

Food is Science


Food is Science logo

Food is Science is a hands-on tool for teaching science through food. It includes experiential, evidence-based resources to help educators understand and teach new food literacy learning in Ontario’s Science and Technology Curriculum.  

Ontario Health and Physical Education Curriculum Expectations (2019): 

  • Grade 3:
    • D1.1 - Food origins, nutritional value, and environmental impact
    • D3.1 - Local and cultural foods, eating choices

 

Freggie Tales


Freggie Tales logo

Freggie Tales is a children’s program to encourage consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables. Includes lesson plans and interactive online games for students.

Ontario Health and Physical Education Curriculum Expectations (2019):

  • Grade 1:
    • D1.1 - Food for healthy bodies and minds
    • D2.1 - Canada’s Food Guide
    • D2.2 - Hunger and thirst cues
  • Grade 2:
    • D2.1 - Healthy eating patterns
    • D2.2 - Food choices (snacks, meals)
  • Grade 3:
    • D1.1 - Food origins, nutritional value, and environmental impact
    • D2.1 - Oral health, food choices
    • D3.1 - Local and cultural foods, eating choices

Growing Chefs! in Ontario Lesson Plans


Growing Chefs logo

Curriculum-linked lesson plans, activities & resources for teachers and homeschoolers. These new Growing Chefs! Lesson Plans are designed to offer safe ways to continue learning about food while teachers and students are navigating at home and in school adjusted learning structures while aiding students in meeting Learning Expectations cited in the Ontario Elementary School Curriculum.  

Subjects include:  Exploring food, food systems, value of food and taste like a chef. 

Ontario Health and Physical Education Curriculum Expectations (2019):

  • Grades 1-3:
    • D1. - Understanding Health Concepts
    • D2. - Making Healthy Choices
    • D3. - Making Connections for Healthy Living 

Media Smarts: Food Marketing


Media Smarts logo

The Media Smarts Food Marketing lesson plans and resources were created for teachers to educate students on understanding food advertising and how this may influence their food choices.

Kindergarten Program & Ontario Health and Physical Education Curriculum Expectations (2019):

  • JK/SK:
    • 6.2 - Investigate the benefits of nutritious foods
    • 12. - Demonstrate an understanding and critical awareness of media texts 
  • Grade 1:
    • D1.1 - Food for healthy bodies and minds
  • Grade 2:
    • D2.1 - Healthy eating patterns
    • D2.2 - Food choices (snacks, meals)
  • Grade 3:
    • D1.1 - Food origins, nutritional value, and environmental impact
    • D2.1 - Oral health, food choices 

Human Development and Hygiene

BAGS (Be a Germ Stopper)


Photo of Be a Germ Stopper resource

BAGS (Be a Germ Stopper) is a resource which aims to support K-3 teachers with classroom and curriculum support for handwashing and other infection control measures with their students.  It includes downloadable lesson plans, games and activities as well as resources including videos and songs. 

This document is intended to be used as a print resource and is not in an accessible format.

Ontario Health and Physical Education Curriculum Expectations (2019):

  • Kindergarten: 
    • 6.3 - Practice and discuss appropriate personal hygiene that promotes personal, family, and community health
  • Grade 1:
    • D2.4 - Safety at School
    • D2.5 - Hygienic procedures
  • Grade 3:
    • D2.2 - Safety guidelines outside of class

Mental Health Literacy

MindMasters 2


Photo of MindMasters2

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).

MindMasters 2 - View/download program files

Kindergarten ProgramOntario Health and Physical Education Curriculum Expectations (2019):

  • JK/SK:

    • 4.3 - Belonging and contributing
    • 4.4 - Self-regulation and well being 
  • Grade 1:

    • D1.5 - Mental health and overall health
    • D3.3 - Thoughts, emotions, actions 
  • Grade 2:
    • D1.5 - Body appreciation
    • D1.6 - Body and brain-responses and feelings
    • D2.5 - Knowing when to seek help 
  • Grade 3:
    • D1.6 - Brain stress response system
    • D3.4 - External factors that contribute to stressful feelings

Grade 4

Anaphylaxis and Food Allergies

All About Food Allergy Program 


Screenshot of the All About Food Allergy program

This program by Food Allergy Canada provides educators with a comprehensive overview of food allergy and anaphylaxis, and how to be a food allergy ally. Includes modules, guides, activities, assessments resources and guided learning experiences. 

Ontario Health and Physical Education Curriculum Expectations (2019) 

  • D1.1 – Nutrients
  • D1.3 - Bullying, abuse, and non-consensual behaviour
  • D2.1 - Personal eating habits
  • D2.2 - Decision making – assessing risk
  • D2.5 - Healthy choices to support mental health
  • D3.1 - Healthier eating in various settings
  • D3.3 - Stress management (cognitive, behavioural)

The All About Food Allergy program is designed with cross-curricular integration in mind so that the program is an easy, ready-to-use resource that checks off multiple learning standard requirements. By choosing to teach all four modules within this program, many multi-disciplinary outcomes will be met.

Curriculum links provides additional details on curriculum objectives addressed in this program, by grade level and region.

Dental Health

Dental Health Education Module


Screenshot of the dental health education module

This module has been developed by Ottawa Public Health to increase dental health education within school communities. Inside this resource, you will find lesson plans as well as extension activities that aim to increase knowledge of proper dental health.

Dental health is an indicator of many other health related behaviours such as personal care and nutritional habits. By increasing knowledge of healthy dental habits, we hope to influence positive changes in the overall health of children in our communities. 

Ontario Health and Physical Education Curriculum Expectations (2019):  

  • D1.1 – Nutrients
  • D2.1 - Personal eating habits
  • D2.4 - Puberty – personal hygiene and care

Healthy Eating

Bright Bites


Bright Bites logo

Bright Bites was developed by Ontario Dietitians in Public Health (ODPH) to boost student well-being. Teachers and other school leaders can use the resources available to facilitate lessons and programs. Bright Bites can help you to:

  • Provide a healthy classroom environment
  • Provide hands-on opportunities to build food literacy
  • Support students in developing healthy relationships with food
  • Use Canada’s Food Guide

Lesson Plans  

  • D1.1 - Nutrients 
  • D2.1 - Personal eating habits 
  • D3.1 - Healthier eating in various settings   


Freggie Tales


Freggie Tales logo

Freggie Tales is a children’s program to encourage consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables. Includes lesson plans and interactive online games for students.

Ontario Health and Physical Education Curriculum Expectations (2019):

  • D1.1 - Nutrients 
  • D2.1 - Personal eating habits 
  • D3.1 - Healthier eating in various settings 
                                                                                                                                                                                         

Media Smarts: Food Marketing


Media Smarts logo

The Media Smarts Food Marketing lesson plans and resources were created for teachers to educate students on understanding food advertising and how this may influence their food choices.


Ontario Health and Physical Education Curriculum Expectations (2019): 

  • D1.1 - Nutrients
  • D2.1 - Personal eating habits
  • D3.1 - Healthier eating in various settings 

 

Human Development and Sexual Health

Human Development and Hygiene


Screenshot of the presentation

This module is to be used along with the facilitator guide and provides the educator with a lesson on a variety of human development topics including hygiene, physical, emotional and social changes during puberty, self-concept, and online safety. 


Ontario Health and Physical Education Curriculum Expectations (2019): 

  • D1.5 - Puberty – changes; emotional, social impact  
  • D2.4 - Puberty – personal hygiene and care 
  • D1.2 - Safe use of technology 
  • D1.3 - Bullying, abuse, and non-consensual behaviour 

Mental Health Literacy

Healthy Transitions


Screenshot of the presentation

Healthy Transitions is a program designed to promote mental health in young adolescents while meeting expectations from the Ontario Curriculum. Through interactive activities, videos and group discussions, students will learn skills and attitudes important for positive mental health and resilience, including where and how to ask for help.   

Healthy Transitions offers two sessions for grade 4 students. Each session includes a detailed outline and directions for facilitating the session, student worksheets and optional PowerPoint presentations to be used in the session.

  • Session #1: Coping with Stress
  • Session #2: Emotions and Stigma

Getting Started!

Grade 4 Facilitator Guide

Grade 4 Student Activity Sheets

Grade 4 PowerPoint / PDF


*These documents are intended to be used as print resources or classroom presentations and are not in an accessible format.

Ontario Health and Physical Education Curriculum Expectations (2019): 

  • Grade 4:

    • D2.5 - Healthy choices to support mental health
    • D3.3 - Stress management (cognitive, behavioral)
  • Grade 5:
    • D1.1 - Supports - injury prevention, emergencies, bullying, violence
    • D2.6 - How to help others, when to seek help
    • D3.4 - Stigma awareness


Supplemental resources and links to support teachers and educators can be found in our Additional Online Resources (by topic) section.

Substance Use Health, Addictions, and Related Behaviours 

Tobacco and Vaping


Screenshot of the presentation

This module is to be used along with the facilitator guide and provides the educator with a lesson on the general topic of tobacco, substances found in tobacco & vaping products, methods of consumption, nicotine, addiction, short-term and long-term health effects of first- and second-hand smoke. Recovery, harm reduction and stigma are also discussed.  

Ontario Health and Physical Education Curriculum Expectations (2019):

  • D1.4 - Tobacco and vaping 
  • D2.3 - Decisions about smoking and vaping 
  • D3.2 - Short- and long-term effects of smoking and vaping  

 

Inflating Awareness: Demonstrating the Health Impacts of Smoking (Video)


Image of lungs for Inflating Awareness video

This video demonstration provides an opportunity to show students the effects of smoking on the lungs.  The video demonstration includes a pair of healthy lungs, and a pair of diseased lungs, which simulates the effects of smoking a pack of cigarettes a day for 20 years.  

Ontario Health and Physical Education Curriculum Expectations (2019):

  • D1.4 - Tobacco and vaping 
  • D2.3 - Decisions about smoking and vaping 
  • D3.2 - Short- and long-term effects of smoking and vaping  

Grade 5 

Anaphylaxis and Food Allergies

All About Food Allergy Program 


Screenshot of the All About Food Allergy program

This program by Food Allergy Canada provides educators with a comprehensive overview of food allergy and anaphylaxis, and how to be a food allergy ally. Includes modules, guides, activities, assessments resources and guided learning experiences. 

Ontario Health and Physical Education Curriculum Expectations (2019) 

  • D1.1 - Supports – injury prevention, emergencies, bullying, violence
  • D2.1 - Nutrition fact tables, food labels
  • D2.2 - Strategies – threats to personal safety
  • D2.4 - Self-concept, sexual orientation
  • D2.5 - Emotional, interpersonal stresses – puberty
  • D2.6 - How to help others, when to seek help
  • D3.4 - Stigma awareness

The All About Food Allergy program is designed with cross-curricular integration in mind so that the program is an easy, ready-to-use resource that checks off multiple learning standard requirements. By choosing to teach all four modules within this program, many multi-disciplinary outcomes will be met.

Curriculum links provides additional details on curriculum objectives addressed in this program, by grade level and region.

Healthy Eating

Bright Bites


Bright Bites logo

Bright Bites was developed by Ontario Dietitians in Public Health (ODPH) to boost student well-being. Teachers and other school leaders can use the resources available to facilitate lessons and programs. Bright Bites can help you to:

  • Provide a healthy classroom environment
  • Provide hands-on opportunities to build food literacy
  • Support students in developing healthy relationships with food
  • Use Canada’s Food Guide

Lesson Plans  

Ontario Health and Physical Education Curriculum Expectations (2019)

  • D2.1 - Nutrition fact tables, food labels
  • D3.1 - Media influences – food choices


Freggie Tales


Freggie Tales logo

Freggie Tales is a children’s program to encourage consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables. Includes lesson plans and interactive online games for students.

Ontario Health and Physical Education Curriculum Expectations (2019):

  • D2.1 - Nutrition fact tables, food labels
  • D3.1 - Media influences – food choices

 

 

Food is Science


Food is Science logo

Food is Science is a hands-on tool for teaching science through food. It includes experiential, evidence-based resources to help educators understand and teach new food literacy learning in Ontario’s Science and Technology Curriculum.  

Lesson plans outline curriculum connections for science & technology and language.



Media Smarts: Food Marketing


Media Smarts logo

The Media Smarts Food Marketing lesson plans and resources were created for teachers to educate students on understanding food advertising and how this may influence their food choices.

 

Ontario Health and Physical Education Curriculum Expectations (2019): 

  • D2.1 - Nutrition fact tables, food labels
  • D3.1 - Media influences – food choices 

Human Development and Sexual Health 

Puberty


Screenshot of the presentation

This module is to be used along with the facilitator guide and provides the educator with a lesson on a variety of human development topics including physical, emotional, and social changes during puberty, self-concept, reproductive systems, menstruation and spermatogenesis, conception, and online safety.

Ontario Health and Physical Education Curriculum Expectations (2019):

  • D1.3 - Reproductive system
  • D1.4 - Menstruation, Spermatogenesis
  • D2.4 - Self-concept, sexual orientation
  • D2.5 - Emotional, interpersonal stresses – puberty

Activity Sheets: Reproductive Systems


Screenshot of the Reproductive System Activity

These labelling activity sheets can be used by educators when teaching human development and reproductive anatomy.


Activities:


Ontario Health and Physical Education Curriculum Expectations (2019):
  • D1.3 - Reproductive system




Frequently Asked Questions by Students


Screenshot of the Frequently Asked Questions by Students

A list of frequently asked questions by students on human development and sexual health-related topics compiled by Public Health Nurses. Answers include definitions, detailed explanations, and prevention messaging.


You will find questions and evidence-based answers on:

  • General topics related to puberty and sexual health
  • Menstrual cycle, erections and ejaculation
  • Gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation
  • Pregnancy 

Mental Health Literacy 

Healthy Transitions


Screenshot of the presentation

Healthy Transitions is a program designed to promote mental health in young adolescents while meeting expectations from the Ontario Curriculum. Through interactive activities, videos and group discussions, students will learn skills and attitudes important for positive mental health and resilience, including where and how to ask for help.   

Healthy Transitions offers one session for grade 5 students. This session includes a detailed outline and directions for facilitating the session, student worksheets and optional PowerPoint presentations to be used in the session.

  • Session #1: Emotions and Stigma

Getting Started! 
Grade 5 Facilitator Guide 
Grade 5 Student Activity Sheets
Grade 5 PowerPoint / PDF

*These documents are intended to be used as print resources or classroom presentations and are not in an accessible format.

Ontario Health and Physical Education Curriculum Expectations (2019): 

  • D1.1 - Supports
  • D2.6 - How to help others, when to seek help 
  • D3.4 - Stigma awareness

Substance Use Health, Addictions, and Related Behaviours 

Alcohol


Screenshot of the module

This module is to be used along with the facilitator guide and provides the educator with a lesson that covers multiple areas related to alcohol and its use including how it affects the body, alcohol strength, alcohol poisoning/overdose, and other potential health risks. Recovery, harm reduction and stigma are also discussed.  

Ontario Health and Physical Education Curriculum Expectations (2019):

  • D1.2 - Short- and long-term effects of alcohol use 
  • D2.3 - Refusal skills – alcohol use and other behaviours 
  • D3.3 - Decision to drink alcohol, use cannabis; influences  

Grade 6 

Anaphylaxis and Food Allergies

All About Food Allergy Program 


Screenshot of the All About Food Allergy program

This program by Food Allergy Canada provides educators with a comprehensive overview of food allergy and anaphylaxis, and how to be a food allergy ally. Includes modules, guides, activities and assessments. 

Ontario Health and Physical Education Curriculum Expectations (2019) 

  • D1.1 - Benefits of inclusion, respect, and acceptance
  • D1.4 - Seeking help – professional helpers
  • D1.5 - Connecting thoughts, emotions, and actions
  • D2.1 - Influences on healthy eating
  • D2.3 - Safe and positive social interaction, conflict management
  • D2.5 - Understanding of puberty changes, healthy relationships
  • D2.6 - Decision making, consent
  • D3.2 - Responsibilities, risks – care for self and others, safety practices
  • D3.3 - Stereotypes and assumptions – impacts and strategies for responding

 

The All About Food Allergy program is designed with cross-curricular integration in mind so that the program is an easy, ready-to-use resource that checks off multiple learning standard requirements. By choosing to teach all four modules within this program, many multi-disciplinary outcomes will be met.

Curriculum links provides additional details on curriculum objectives addressed in this program, by grade level and region.

Healthy Eating

Bright Bites


Bright Bites logo

Bright Bites was developed by Ontario Dietitians in Public Health (ODPH) to boost student well-being. Teachers and other school leaders can use the resources available to facilitate lessons and programs. Bright Bites can help you to:

  • Provide a healthy classroom environment
  • Provide hands-on opportunities to build food literacy
  • Support students in developing healthy relationships with food
  • Use Canada’s Food Guide

Lesson Plans  

Ontario Health and Physical Education Curriculum Expectations (2019)

  • D2.1 - Influences on healthy eating
  • D2.2 - Eating cues and guideline
  • D3.1 - Benefits of healthy eating / active living

 

Food is Science


Food is Science logo

Food is Science is a hands-on tool for teaching science through food. It includes experiential, evidence-based resources to help educators understand and teach new food literacy learning in Ontario’s Science and Technology Curriculum.  

Lesson plans outline curriculum connections for science & technology and social studies.


Freggie Tales


Freggie Tales logo

Freggie Tales is a children’s program to encourage consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables. Includes lesson plans and interactive online games for students.

Ontario Health and Physical Education Curriculum Expectations (2019):

  • D2.1 - Influences on healthy eating
  • D2.2 - Eating cues and guidelines
  • D3.1 - Benefits of healthy eating / active living


Media Smarts: Food Marketing


Media Smarts logo

The Media Smarts Food Marketing lesson plans and resources were created for teachers to educate students on understanding food advertising and how this may influence their food choices.

 

Ontario Health and Physical Education Curriculum Expectations (2019):

  • D2.1 - Influences on healthy eating
  • D2.2 - Eating cues and guidelines
  • D3.1 - Benefits of healthy eating / active living

Human Development and Sexual Health 

Puberty


Screenshot of the presentation

This module is to be used along with the facilitator guide and provides the educator with a lesson on a variety of human development topics including physical, emotional, and social changes during puberty, self-concept, reproductive systems, menstruation and spermatogenesis, conception, sexually explicit media and online safety.

Ontario Health and Physical Education Curriculum Expectations (2019):

D1.3 - Sexually explicit media
D2.5 - Understanding of puberty changes, healthy relationships
D2.6 - Decision making, consent
D1.4 - Seeking help – professional helpers


Frequently Asked Questions by Students


Screenshot of the Frequently Asked Questions by StudentsA list of frequently asked questions by students on human development and sexual health-related topics compiled by Public Health Nurses. Answers include definitions, detailed explanations, and prevention messaging. 

You will find questions and evidence-based answers on: 

  • General topics related to puberty and sexual health
  • Menstrual cycle, erections and ejaculation
  • Gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation
  • Pregnancy 

Mental Health Literacy

Healthy Transitions


Screenshot of the presentation

Healthy Transitions is a program designed to promote mental health in young adolescents while meeting expectations from the Ontario Curriculum. Through interactive activities, videos and group discussions, students will learn skills and attitudes important for positive mental health and resilience, including where and how to ask for help.  

Healthy Transitions offers two sessions for grade 6 students. Each session includes a detailed outline and directions for facilitating the session, student worksheets and optional PowerPoint module to be used in the session. 

  • Session #1: Thoughts, Feelings, Actions
  • Session #2: Communication

Getting Started! 
Grade 6 Facilitator Guide 
Grade 6 Student Activity Sheets 
Grade 6 PowerPoint / PDF

*These documents are intended to be used as print resources or classroom presentations and are not in an accessible format.

Ontario Health and Physical Education Curriculum Expectations (2019):

  • D1.1 - Benefits of inclusion, respect, and acceptance
  • D1.4 - Seeking help-professional helpers
  • D1.5 - Connecting thoughts, emotions and actions
  • D2.3 - Safe and positive social interaction, conflict management


Supplemental resources and links to support teachers and educators can be found in our Additional Online Resources (by topic) section.

Substance Use Health, Addictions, and Related Behaviours 

Cannabis


Screenshot of the presentationThis module is to be used along with the facilitator guide and provides the educator with a lesson that covers multiple areas related to cannabis including the general topic of cannabis, methods of use, THC vs CBD, addiction, how it affects the body and other potential health risks. Recovery, harm reduction and stigma are also discussed. 

Ontario Health and Physical Education Curriculum Expectations (2019):

  • D1.2 - Effects of cannabis, drugs
  • D2.4 - Strategies, safe choices, influences, alcohol, tobacco, cannabis

Grades 7 and 8

Healthy Eating

Bright Bites


Bright Bites logo

Bright Bites was developed by Ontario Dietitians in Public Health (ODPH) to boost student well-being. Teachers and other school leaders can use the resources available to facilitate lessons and programs. Bright Bites can help you to:

  • Provide a healthy classroom environment
  • Provide hands-on opportunities to build food literacy
  • Support students in developing healthy relationships with food
  • Use Canada’s Food Guide
  • Grade 7 
    • D2.1 - Eating patterns and health problems
    • D3.1 - Personal, external factors in food choices    
  • Grade 8
    •  D2.1 - Personal eating behaviours
    • D3.1 - Promoting healthy eating   

 

Food is Science


Food is Science logo

Food is Science is a hands-on tool for teaching science through food. It includes experiential, evidence-based resources to help educators understand and teach new food literacy learning in Ontario’s Science and Technology Curriculum.  

Lesson plans outline curriculum connections for science & technology, language, and mathematics.

 
Growing Chefs! in Ontario Lesson Plans


Growing Chefs logo

Curriculum-linked lesson plans, activities & resources for teachers and homeschoolers. These new Growing Chefs! Lesson Plans are designed to offer safe ways to continue learning about food while teachers and students are navigating at home and in school adjusted learning structures while aiding students in meeting Learning Expectations cited in the Ontario Elementary School Curriculum.  

Subjects include:  Exploring food, food systems, value of food and taste like a chef. 

Ontario Health and Physical Education Curriculum Expectations (2019):

  • Grade 7
    • D2.1 - Eating patterns and health problems
    • D3.1 - Personal, external factors in food choices
  • Grade 8
    • D2.1 - Personal eating behaviours
    • D3.1 - Promoting healthy eating


Media Smarts: Food Marketing


Media Smarts logo

The Media Smarts Food Marketing lesson plans and resources were created for teachers to educate students on understanding food advertising and how this may influence their food choices.


Ontario Health and Physical Education Curriculum Expectations (2019):

  • Grade 7
    • D3.1 - Personal, external factors in food choices

Human Development and Sexual Health

Sexual Health  (Grade 7)


Screenshot of the Grade 7 Sexual Health PresentationThis module is to be used along with the facilitator guide and provides the educator with a lesson on a variety of sexual health topics including consent, pregnancy prevention, sexually transmitted and/or blood born infections (STBBIs), and online safety​.  

Ontario Health and Physical Education Curriculum Expectations (2019):

  • D1.1 - Personal Safety and Injury Prevention 
  • D1.3 - Delaying sexual activity 
  • D1.4 - Sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections (STBBIs) 
  • D1.5 - STBBIs and pregnancy prevention 
  • D2.4 - Sexual health and decision making 

Sexual Health (Grade 8)


Screenshot of the Grade 8 Sexual Health PresentationThis module is to be used along with the facilitator guide and provides the educator with a lesson on a variety of health topics including gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, self-concept, consent, pregnancy prevention, sexually transmitted and/or blood born infections (STBBIs), and online safety​.

  • D1.4 - Decisions about sexual activity; supports
  • D1.5 - Gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, self-concept 
  • D2.3 - Decision making considerations and skills
  • D3.3 - Relationships and intimacy


Frequently Asked Questions by Students


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A list of frequently asked questions by students on human development and sexual health related topics compiled by Public Health Nurses. Answers include definitions, detailed explanations, and prevention messaging.

You will find questions and evidence-based answers on:

  • General topics related to puberty and sexual health
  • Menstrual cycle, erections and ejaculation
  • Gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation
  • Sex, pregnancy and sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections (STBBIs)
  • Birth control and barrier methods






Frequently Asked Questions by Educators


question mark images

A list of frequently asked questions by educators related to teaching on human development and sexual health. You will find questions and answers that include information on :

  • Using inclusive language
  • Where to refer students and parents for more information
  • How to order free condoms









The Condom Game


Screenshot of the condom game The Condom Game is an engaging classroom activity that includes the steps for correctly putting on a condom which students need to place in the correct order. 
  • D1.5 - STBBIs and pregnancy prevention





Understanding Conception Video


Coming soonThis video provides a visual and clear step by step explanation of the process of conception. This video can be used on its own and is also embedded in the Sexual Health module.  
 
Ontario Health and Physical Education Curriculum Expectations (2019):
  • The topic of conception is introduced in Grade 5 in The Ontario H&PE Curriculum; however, review and repetition are recommended as knowledge of conception and how pregnancy happens equips students with information that some may find useful prior to exploring The Ontario H&PE Curriculum objectives on human development, sexual health, and decision making. 








Understanding the Menstrual Cycle Video


Coming soon This video clip provides a visual and clear step by step explanation of the menstrual cycle. This video can be used on its own and is also embedded in the Sexual Health module.  

  • The menstrual cycle is introduced in Grade 5 in The Ontario H&PE Curriculum; however, review and repetition are recommended as this foundational concept equips students with information that some may find useful for personal knowledge or prior to exploring The Ontario H&PE Curriculum objectives on human development and sexual health. 








Ophea - Always Changing 


screenshot of the OPHEA resourceAlways Changing and Growing Up: Grades 7 & 8 Leader’s Guide provides curriculum-based lesson plans and themed activities addressing the physical, nutritional and emotional health of adolescents as well as valuable health, hygiene and body care content.  

  • D1 - Demonstrate an understanding of factors that contribute to healthy development 
  • D2 - Demonstrate the ability to apply health knowledge and social-emotional learning skills to make reasoned decisions and take appropriate actions relating to their personal health and well-being 
  • D3 - Demonstrate the ability to make connections that relate to health and well-being – how their choices and behaviours affect both themselves and others, and how factors in the world around them affect their own and others’ health and well-being.  

 

Videos: Barrier Method Demonstrations


These 2-4 minute video demonstrations from  Teaching Sexual Health are designed to assist teachers who would like to show barrier method demonstrations to their students.  

Using an External Condom

Image of condom demonstration

Using a Dental Dam

Image of dental dam demonstration

Using an Internal Condom

Image of internal condom demonstration

Visit Sex it Smart for more information on how to obtain free external condomsinternal condoms and/or dental dams.


Ontario Health and Physical Education Curriculum Expectations (2019): Grade 7

  • D1.5 - STBBIs and pregnancy prevention 

 

Video: Understanding Consent 


Screenshot of the Understanding consent videoThis 3-minute video on consent from Teaching Sexual Health is designed to assist educators who would like to explain consent to their students.
  
Ontario Health and Physical Education Curriculum Expectations (2019):
  • Grade 7:  
    • D1.3 - Delaying sexual activity (the concept of consent, the legal age of consent, and how consent is communicated) 

    • D2.4 - Sexual health and decision making 

  • Grade 8:  
    • D1.4 - Decisions about sexual activity; supports

    • D2.3 - Decision making considerations and skills


 

Supplemental resources and links to support teachers and educators can be found in our Additional Online Resources (by topic) section.

Mental Health Literacy 

YouthNet


Image of the YouthNet logo

YouthNet/RéseauAdo (YNRA), is a for youth, by youth mental health promotion and intervention organization that offers workshops to students in grade 7-12 with a focus on mental health literacy.

In-person workshops include: 

  • Wellness 101: We all have mental health, and mental health is just as important for our well-being as physical health. The goals for this presentation are for youth to understand mental health, understand the stigma associated with mental health/mental illness, better notice changes in their mental health, and learn where to go to ask for help.
  • StressLess: We all experience stress in our lives, and stress can be overwhelming. The goals for this presentation are for youth to understand stress and its purpose, notice the signs of being distressed, and learn about coping and resources that are helpful with managing stress.
  • How to Help a Friend: YNRA’s research has shown that youth are more likely to talk to other youth about their mental health issues when they talk to someone. The goals for this presentation are for youth to notice changes in their friends, become more comfortable checking in on a friend’s mental health, and learn how to connect a friend who is struggling to the appropriate resources.

Ontario Health and Physical Education Curriculum Expectations (2019):

  • Grade 7:
    • D1.2 - Mental health, support
    • D1.6 - Mental health, mental illness
  • Grade 8:
    • D2.4 - Routines and habits for mental health
    • D3.4 - Societal views, impact of stigma


Mental Health Infographic (OSDUHS 2021)


Image of the OSDUHS Infographic

The Ontario Student Drug Use and Health Survey (OSDUHS) has been conducted every 2 years since 1977 by the Centre of Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). CAMH administered the survey to Ontario students in grades 7-12 during the 2020-2021 school year, and OPH’s Epidemiology team analyzed the local data. The 2021 report highlights the challenges that many youth faced during the COVID-19 pandemic, but also the resiliency and ability of many youth in our community to adapt to unprecedented challenges.

This infographic shows some of the key OSDUHS findings for youth in Ottawa.  For a more detailed report go to Status of Mental Health, Addictions and Substance Use Health among Ottawa Students during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Updated information for the year 2023 will be available soon.


Do You Need to Talk Infographic


Image of the Do you need to talk infographic

The Ontario Student Drug Use and Health Survey (OSDUHS) in 2021 indicated that 42% of Ottawa students in grades 7-12, reported wanting to talk to someone about a mental or emotional problem, but did not know where to turn. 

The Do you Need to Talk infographic was created to respond to the data indicating that youth do not know who to speak to when needing assistance.

This infographic provides valuable information for children, youth and families, including helplines, services and counselling options available to help support their mental health and well-being. 


Substance Use Health, Addictions, and Related Behaviours 

Vaping 


Screen shot of Vaping presentationThis module is to be used along with the facilitator guide and provides the teacher or educator with a lesson that covers multiple areas related to vaping and its use, including youth marketing tactics and potential health risks. Recovery, harm reduction and stigma are also discussed. 

Ontario Health and Physical Education Curriculum Expectations (2019):

  • Grade 7:
    • D1.2 - Mental health, substances, support
    • D3.2 - Implications of substance use, addictions, and related behaviours
  • Grade 8:
    • D1.3 - Warning signs, consequences

 

Substance Use Health Infographic (OSDUHS 2021)


Image of the OSDUHS Infographic

The Ontario Student Drug Use and Health Survey (OSDUHS) has been conducted every 2 years since 1977 by the Centre of Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). CAMH administered the survey to Ontario students in grades 7-12 during the 2020-2021 school year, and OPH’s Epidemiology team analyzed the local data. The 2021 report highlights the challenges that many youth faced during the COVID-19 pandemic, but also the resiliency and ability of many youth in our community to adapt to unprecedented challenges.

This infographic shows some of the key OSDUHS findings for youth in Ottawa.  For a more detailed report go to Status of Mental Health, Addictions and Substance Use Health among Ottawa Students during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Updated information for the year 2023 will be available soon.

 

Grades 9 to 12

Healthy Eating

Food is Science


Food is Science logo

Food is Science is a hands-on tool for teaching science through food. It includes experiential, evidence-based resources to help educators understand and teach new food literacy learning in Ontario’s Science and Technology Curriculum.  

Grade 9 lesson plans outline curriculum connections for science & technology and geography.

Human Development and Sexual Health

Healthy Relationships


Screenshot of the Grade 9-12 Healthy Relationships moduleThis module is to be used along with the facilitator guide and provides the educator with a lesson on Healthy Relationships including self-concept and sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, consent, online safety, and more.   
  • Grade 9:
    • C1.2 - Technology – benefits and risks, safe use
    • C1.5 - Factors affecting gender identity and sexual orientation; supports
    • C2.2 - Relationships – skills and strategies
    • C2.3 - Thinking ahead about sexual health, consent, personal limits
  • Grade 10:
    • C2.5 - Decision making, communication, healthy sexuality
    • C3.4 - Misconceptions relating to sexuality
    • C3.5 - Relationships – effects on self and others
  • Grade 12:
    • C3.4 - Bias and stereotyping in media portrayal of relationships 

 

 

Reproductive Systems Review


Screenshot of the Reproductive Systems Review moduleThis module is to be used along with the facilitator guide and provides the educator with a lesson offering a review of the reproductive systems. This module also reviews conception and the menstrual cycle.

The topic is introduced in Grade 5 in The Ontario H&PE Curriculum; however, review and repetition are recommended as knowledge of the reproductive system equips students with information that some may find useful prior to exploring The Ontario H&PE Curriculum objectives on human development, sexual health, and decision making.
  • Grade 11

    • C2.3 - Reproductive and sexual health; proactive health measures

 

Sexually Transmitted and/or Blood Born Infections (STBBIs)


Screenshot of the Sexually Transmitted and/or Blood Borne Infections (STBBIs) module

This module is to be used along with the facilitator guide and provides the educator with a lesson on STBBIs, previously known as STIs, including signs, symptoms, and testing.

  • Grade 9

    • C1.4 - Preventing pregnancy and STIs

 

 

   

Preventing Pregnancy and Sexually Transmitted and/or Blood Born Infections (STBBIs)


    Screenshot of the Preventing Pregnancy and STBBIs module

This module is to be used along with the facilitator guide and provides the educator with a lesson on the prevention of pregnancy and STBBIs including abstinence, barrier methods, hormonal methods, vaccination, and emergency contraceptives. The module also includes video demonstrations of how to properly use barrier methods.

  • Grade 9

    • C1.4 - Preventing pregnancy and STIs
  • Grade 11
    • C2.3 - Reproductive and sexual health; proactive health measures

 

 


Understanding Conception Video


Coming soonThis video  provides a visual and clear step by step explanation of the process of conception. This video can be used on its own and is also embedded in the Sexual Health module.    

Ontario Health and Physical Education Curriculum Expectations (2015): 
  • The topic of conception is introduced in Grade 5 in The Ontario H&PE Curriculum; however, review and repetition are recommended as knowledge of conception and how pregnancy happens equips students with information that some may find useful prior to exploring The Ontario H&PE Curriculum objectives on human development, sexual health, and decision making. 







Understanding the Menstrual Cycle Video


Coming soonThis video clip  provides a visual and clear step by step explanation of the menstrual cycle. This video can be used on its own and is also embedded in the Sexual Health module.
 
  • The menstrual cycle is introduced in Grade 5 in The Ontario H&PE Curriculum; however, review and repetition are recommended as this foundational concept equips students with information that some may find useful for personal knowledge or prior to exploring The Ontario H&PE Curriculum objectives on human development and sexual health.    

 



Frequently Asked Questions by Students
 


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A list of frequently asked questions by students on human development and sexual health related topics compiled by Public Health Nurses. Answers include definitions, detailed explanations, and prevention messaging.

You will find questions and evidence-based answers on:

  • General topics related to puberty and sexual health
  • Menstrual cycle, erections and ejaculation
  • Gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation
  • Sex, pregnancy and sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections (STBBIs)
  • Birth control and barrier methods





Frequently Asked Questions by Educators


question mark images

A list of frequently asked questions by educators related to teaching on human development and sexual health. You will find questions and answers that include information on :

  • Using inclusive language
  • Where to refer students and parents for more information
  • How to order free condoms








The Condom Game 


Screenshot of the condom gameThe Condom Game is an engaging classroom activity that includes the steps for correctly putting on a condom which students need to place in the correct order.  
  • Grade 9: C1.4 - Preventing pregnancy and STIs





Videos: Barrier Method 
Demonstrations 


These 2-4 minute video demonstrations from Teaching Sexual Health designed to assist teachers who would like to show barrier method demonstrations to their students.     

Using an External Condom

Image of an external condom demonstration

Using a Dental Dam

Image of a dental dam demonstration

Using an Internal Condom

Photo of an internal condom demonstration

Visit Sex it Smart for more information on how to obtain free external condomsinternal condoms and/or dental dams


Ontario Health and Physical Education Curriculum Expectations (2015): 

  • Grade 9: C1.4 - Preventing pregnancy and STIs
  • Grade 11: C2.3 - Reproductive and sexual health; proactive health measures


Video: Understanding Consent


Screenshot of the Understanding consent videoThis 3-minute video on consent from Teaching Sexual Health is designed to assist educators who would like to explain consent to their students.  
   
  • Grade 9: C2.3 - Thinking ahead about sexual health, consent, personal limits 
  • Grade 10C2.5 - Decision making, communication, healthy sexuality 
  • Grade 11C3.4 - Skills for dealing with stressful situations 
  • Grade 12C1.3 - Skills and strategies for evolving relationships
 

Healthy Dating Relationships Guide


Healthy dating logo with purple backgroundThis Prevnet guide to healthy dating relationships was created through partnerships with researchers and organizations who are promoting healthy relationship strategies. It is available as PDF guide or as training modules.    

Ontario Health and Physical Education Curriculum Expectations (2015): 
  • Grade 9: C2.2 - Relationships – skills and strategies
  • Grade 10: C3.5 - Relationships – effects on self and others
  • Grade 12: C1.3 - Skills and strategies for evolving relationships







Supplemental resources and links to support teachers and educators can be found in our Additional Online Resources (by topic) section.

Mental Health Literacy 

Have THAT Talk Youth Activity Guide


Screenshot of Have That Talk Activity Guide

The have THAT talk series was developed to help individuals have important conversations and take action to improve mental health and wellness. Teachers and educators are encouraged to use the videos and accompanying guides to have THAT talk about mental health and wellness.  

We hope the videos and activities will help educators and youth be more comfortable talking about mental health, learn ways to improve mental health and know where to get help and resources for mental health.

Guides and Videos:

The Complete Guide:


Ontario Health and Physical Education Curriculum Expectations (2015): 

  • Grade 9:
    • C2.2 - Relationships – skills and strategies
    • C3.2 - Mental health concerns – warning signs and responses
    • C3.3 - Responding to bullying/ harassment
  • Grade 10:
    • C1.1 - Mental Health - factors that enhance
    • C3.5 - Relationships - effects on self and others
  • Grade 11:
    • C1.4 - Mental illness, addictions – causes, manifestations, and effects on personal health and well-being
    • C3.4 - Skills for dealing with stressful situations
    • C3.5 - Mental illness – reducing stigma
  • Grade 12:
    • C2.3 - Developing resilience, making healthy choices

Have THAT Talk about Racism Activity Guide


Screenshot of Let's have THAT talk about Racism

Racism is a public health issue that is experienced worldwide. The have THAT talk about racism activity guide will teach about:

  • the impacts of racism on health
  • how you can be an ally
  • how you can start the conversation with youth

Guides and Videos:


Ontario Health and Physical Education Curriculum Expectations (2015): 
  • Grade 9:
    • C3.3 - Responding to bullying/ harassment
  • Grade 10:
    • C1.1 - Mental health - factors that enhance
    • C2.3 - Conflict – within oneself and with others; resolution strategies
  • Grade 11:
    • C3.3 - Risk factors and supports
    • C3.4 - Skills for dealing with stressful situations
  • Grade 12:
    • C2.2 - Using living skills and supports to reduce vulnerability to harassment, violence, abuse
    • C3.2 - Harassment, violence, abuse in local and global contexts – resources, support

 

YouthNet


Image of the YouthNet logo

YouthNet/RéseauAdo (YNRA), is a for youth, by youth mental health promotion and intervention organization that offers workshops to students in grade 7-12 with a focus on mental health literacy.

In-person workshops include: 

  • Wellness 101: We all have mental health, and mental health is just as important for our well-being as physical health. The goals for this presentation are for youth to understand mental health, understand the stigma associated with mental health/mental illness, better notice changes in their mental health, and learn where to go to ask for help.
  • StressLess: We all experience stress in our lives, and stress can be overwhelming. The goals for this presentation are for youth to understand stress and its purpose, notice the signs of being distressed, and learn about coping and resources that are helpful with managing stress.
  • How to Help a Friend: YNRA’s research has shown that youth are more likely to talk to other youth about their mental health issues when they talk to someone. The goals for this presentation are for youth to notice changes in their friends, become more comfortable checking in on a friend’s mental health, and learn how to connect a friend who is struggling to the appropriate resources.

Ontario Health and Physical Education Curriculum Expectations (2015): 

  • Grade 9:
    • C3.2 - Mental health concerns – warning signs and responses
  • Grade 10:
    • C1.1 - Mental health – factors that enhance
  • Grade 11: 
    • C3.4 - Skills for dealing with stressful situations
    • C3.5 - Mental illness – reducing stigma
  • Grade 12:
    • C2.3 - Developing resilience, making healthy choices

 

Mental Health Infographic (OSDUHS 2021)


Image of the OSDUHS Infographic

The Ontario Student Drug Use and Health Survey (OSDUHS) has been conducted every 2 years since 1977 by the Centre of Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). CAMH administered the survey to Ontario students in grades 7-12 during the 2020-2021 school year, and OPH’s Epidemiology team analyzed the local data. The 2021 report highlights the challenges that many youth faced during the COVID-19 pandemic, but also the resiliency and ability of many youth in our community to adapt to unprecedented challenges.

This infographic shows some of the key OSDUHS findings for youth in Ottawa.  For a more detailed report go to Status of Mental Health, Addictions and Substance Use Health among Ottawa Students during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Updated information for the year 2023 will be available soon.


Do You Need to Talk Infographic


Image of the Do you need to talk infographic

The Ontario Student Drug Use and Health Survey (OSDUHS) in 2021 indicated that 42% of Ottawa students in grades 7-12, reported wanting to talk to someone about a mental or emotional problem, but did not know where to turn. 

The Do you Need to Talk infographic was created to respond to the data indicating that youth do not know who to speak to when needing assistance.

This infographic provides valuable information for children, youth and families, including helplines, services and counselling options available to help support their mental health and well-being. 


Substance Use Health, Addictions, and Related Behaviours 

Opioids 


Screenshot of Opioids presentation This module is to be used along with the facilitator guide and provides the educator with a lesson that covers the general topic of opioids, fentanyl, addiction, substance use disorder, the effects on the body, overdose signs & symptoms, and what to do in case of an opioid overdose including naloxone. Recovery, harm reduction and stigma are also discussed. 

Ontario Health and Physical Education Curriculum Expectations (2015): 

  • Grade 9: C3.4 - Social influences; decision-making, communication skills
  • Grade 10: C1.2 - Effects on health and well-being
  • Grade 11:
    • C2.2 - Connections between substance use, addictive behaviour, and physical and mental health; making safer choices
    • C3.3 - Risk factors and supports
  • Grade 12: C1.2 - Consequences of substance misuse 

 

Vaping 


Screen shot of Vaping presentation This module is to be used along with the facilitator guide and provides the teacher or educator with a lesson that covers multiple areas related to vaping and its use, including youth marketing tactics and potential health risks. Recovery, harm reduction and stigma are also discussed. 

Ontario Health and Physical Education Curriculum Expectations (2015): 

  • Grade 9: C3.4 - Social influences; decision-making, communication skills
  • Grade 10:
    • C1.2 - Effects on health and well-being
    • C2.4 - Responding to challenges involving substance use or addictions – use of living skills
  • Grade 11:
    • C2.2 - Connections between substance use, addictive behaviour, and physical and mental health; making safer choices
    • C3.3 - Risk factors and supports
  • Grade 12: C1.2 - Consequences of substance misuse – short-term, long-term, legal

 

Substance Use Health Infographic (OSDUHS 2021)


Image of the OSDUHS Infographic

The Ontario Student Drug Use and Health Survey (OSDUHS) has been conducted every 2 years since 1977 by the Centre of Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). CAMH administered the survey to Ontario students in grades 7-12 during the 2020-2021 school year, and OPH’s Epidemiology team analyzed the local data. The 2021 report highlights the challenges that many youth faced during the COVID-19 pandemic, but also the resiliency and ability of many youth in our community to adapt to unprecedented challenges.

This infographic shows some of the key OSDUHS findings for youth in Ottawa.  For a more detailed report go to Status of Mental Health, Addictions and Substance Use Health among Ottawa Students during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Updated information for the year 2023 will be available soon.

 

Special Education

Human Development and Sexual Health

Lesson Plans for Students with Special Education NeedsDiffering Abilities 


Teachingsexualhealth.caLesson plans from  Teaching Sexual Health  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.      

Example topics covered include:
     
  • Personal boundaries     
  • Personal safety     
  • Our bodies are private     
  • Relationships     
  • Sexual and reproductive health (STIs & birth control)     
  • Puberty changes 

Additional Online Resources

The following contains external websites with 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.

Personal Safety and Injury Prevention

Check out the resources below to find ways to keep you and your family active and safe. Need information on helmet safety? Or maybe you want to know more about mosquito and tick bites. We've got you covered!

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

Concussions

Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO)

Information to help you better understand, cope with and/or support someone with a concussion.

Ministry of Education of Ontario -

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

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

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.
Ottawa Safety Council

The Ottawa Safety Council is a not-for-profit organization offering programs and services to the residents of Ottawa. Their programs include School Zone Safety (Crossing Guards, Pedestrian Safety, Walking School Bus, Bicycle Safety and Booster Seat Safety). 

Information on the Walking School Bus Program 

Information on Booster Seat Safety

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.

Dental Health

Ottawa Public Health

(for general public)

Parenting in Ottawa

(for parents)

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.

Head Lice

Frequently Asked Questions About Head Lice in Schools

A list of frequently asked questions for school staff about head lice in schools. You will find questions and answers on a variety of topics, including:

  • Head lice information;
  • Head lice transmission;
  • Children attending school with head lice;
  • Who to notify when head lice are identified in a school;
  • Assessment & treatment;
  • Cleaning and disinfection.

Documents for schools

Let parents know if a child is suspected of having head lice or if someone in the class has head lice.

When a child is found to have head lice, he or she may remain at school. There is no medical reason for excluding a child with nits or live lice from school or child care. It is essential to handle the situation sensitively and to minimize any embarrassment to the child. The principal can send the Notice to Parents About Head Lice and the Head Lice Fact Sheet to parents of children in the classroom or daycare group where lice has been identified. A full course of treatment and avoiding close head-to-head activities are recommended.

Parenting in Ottawa

Information on head lice, treatment, cleaning and guidance for school or child care setting.

AboutKidsHealth - SickKids

Information on head lice, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention. Available as downloadable PDFs in English, French, Arabic, Spanish, Urdu, and Tamil. Also available in an audio format. 

Canadian Paediatric Society

Information on head lice, treatment and guidance for school setting.

Human Development and Sexual Health

Order Free Condoms:
Sex it Smart

Want FREE condoms or dental dams delivered to your school? Order them free online. Using condoms and dental dams are the only forms of protection that can help stop the transmission of sexually transmitted and blood borne infections (STBBIs) like chlamydia, gonorrhea, hepatitis, HIV, and syphilis. Condom use can prevent unplanned pregnancies at the same time. There are many different brands available. There are lubricated or non-lubricated, latex or non-latex options.

Sexuality and Gender Diversity Definitions

The rainbow flag is a symbol of the growing movement to accept, celebrate, and embrace sexual diversity, and to support efforts that aim to end discrimination. Whether or not you identify as a member of the LGBTQ2+ community, you can still be part of the movement to end discrimination. Understanding these terms can support you in providing inclusive Sexual Health education in your classroom.

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) 

Planned Parenthood Ottawa

  • Provides education, counselling, information and referrals. 

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 

Public Health Agency of Canada 

  • Information on sexually transmitted infections, sexual health facts and information for the public. 

Sex and U – Sexual Health Resource Library

This website provides information on sexual and reproductive health. Includes LGBTTQ+, healthy relationships and consent.  Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC).

Healthy Eating and Active Living (Physical Activity)

Healthy Eating

Ottawa Public Health

(for general audience)

  • Eating and Nutrition
    • Find a registered dietitian in Ottawa
    • Food access
    • Food insecurity
    • Food safety
    • For professionals
    • Programs and resources
    • Healthy eating for children and youth
  • Programs and Resources
    • Marketing of unhealthy food and drinks to children and youth 
    • After school programs
    • Food skills factsheets
    • Credible healthy eating online resources  
    • Cooking videos
    • Everybody’s food budget 

Parenting in Ottawa

(for parents)

 

  • Healthy eating for children
    • Picky eating and creating a healthy relationship with food
    • How to feed your littles
    • How to get your child cooking
    • Other information on food allergies, marketing to kids
  • Healthy eating for teens
    • Healthy eating matters
    • Fad diets
    • Healthy lunches and snacks
    • Energy drinks
    • Sugar sweetened drinks
    • Food skills
    • Be aware of food marketing 

 Canada’s Food Guide  

Cookspiration: Recipes and menu planning  

Recipe ideas, with photos, to fit any palate or appetite. Recipes include nutritional details. 

Foodland Ontario - Kids Corner  

Kids Corner to learn about wholesome Ontario foods, recipes, food facts, buying local, finding local and more! 

OPHEA Healthy Schools Healthy Communities: Planning Supports  

Ontario Physical and Health Education Association (OPHEA) is a registered provincial charity providing quality curriculum and classroom supports for educators.     

Ontario Dietitians in Public Health

School Breakfast Program - Ottawa Network for Education    

Providing students in need with a nutritious breakfast – giving them the chance to start their day ready to learn on equal footing with their peers. 

With support from individual and corporate donors, volunteers, educators, the City of Ottawa, and the Ontario Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services, we ensure that local children and youth have the energy their growing bodies and developing brains need to succeed in school. 

Student Nutrition Program Resources: Ontario Dietitians in Public Health

(English only)

The online learning modules are designed for program coordinators, school staff, administrators, and volunteers who are delivering and/or interested in student nutrition programs.  

Completing these learning modules will help you to understand and apply the MCCSS (Ontario Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services) Student Nutrition Program Nutrition Guidelines.  

The Student Body: Promoting Health at Any Size  
(English only) (Gr. 7-8)  

Derrière le miroir : Image corporelle   
(French only) (Gr. 7-8)  

Instruction and resources for teachers to facilitate interactive classroom activities focusing on healthy eating habits.  

The Derriere le miroir : Image corporelle’s campaign is an initiative of the organization ÉquiLibre. ÉquiLibre's mission is to prevent and reduce problems related to weight and body image in the population, through actions that encourage and facilitate the development of a positive body image and the adoption of healthy lifestyle habits. 

UnlockFood Children’s Nutrition  

UnlockFood.ca helps to connect you with a dietitian and helps you find the nutrition and food information when you need it. 
Information on nutrition, food and healthy eating, as well as recipes, videos and online tools. 
Active Living (Physical Activity)

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

24-Hour Movement Guidelines 

Physical activity/movement guidelines, including 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for the Early Years and Children and Youth.

Active Living Alliance for Canadians with a Disability 

Supporting inclusion in physical activity programming, policies and social and physical environments. 

Resources include toolkits, tip sheets, Youth Ambassador Advocacy Kit and much more. 

Canadian Women & Sport  

Building better sport through gender equity. Experts on systemic change strive to build a stronger, more equitable sport system for girls and women and for all Canadians. 

Health and Physical Education

The Ontario Curriculum, Grades 1–8: Health and Physical Education  

Healthy Canadians - Being Active

Benefits of adding activity to your lifestyle, recommended guidelines, encouraging children to be active, playing safely. 

Jump Rope for Heart

Jump is about kids helping kids across Canada every year in physical activity to build healthy habits for life! 

New this year, schools can run Jump in school or virtually – with support from Jump Rope for Heart.  

Teacher resources including a Teacher’s Jump planning guide and lesson plans for Grade K-6 

Ontario Physical and Health Education Association (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.

Right to Play 

For First Nations, Inuit, Métis children and youth.  
Community-led programs teach life skills so youth can reach their full potential.

Sport for Life  

Sport for Life strives to improve opportunities for enhanced physical literacy programming, prepare more Canadians to pursue excellence in sport, and increase the likelihood of Canadians staying active for life. 

Resources for athletes with a disability, best practices, physical literacy, parents, coaches and implementation. 

Unstructured Play

The Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) recognizes unstructured play as a child’s right and a critical component to child and youth health and well-being; Canadian Public Health Association Advocacy Position Statements. 
Active Transportation

Ottawa Student Transportation Authority

The Ottawa Student Transportation Authority (OSTA) is responsible for all home-to-school transportation on behalf of the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB) and the Ottawa Catholic School Board (OCSB). 

OSTA delivers safe and efficient transportation services to students at both its Member School Boards using yellow buses, wheelchair buses, school purpose vans and School Active Transportation programs. 

Active Transportation Resource page 
Toolkit for Educators 

Walking School Bus 

EnviroCentre – School Active Transportation

Committed to advancing active and sustainable transportation options for Ottawa residents. School active transportation means getting to and from school (or part of the way) by walking, cycling, or scooting 
Information on the Walking School Bus Program. 

School Active Transportation Resources  

Ottawa Safety Council

The Ottawa Safety Council is a not-for-profit organization offering an array of programs and services to the residents of Ottawa. Our programs include School Zone Safety (Crossing Guards, Pedestrian Safety, Walking School Bus, Bicycle Safety and Booster Seat Safety). 

Information on the Walking School Bus Program 

Information on Booster Seat Safety

Ontario Active School Travel

Information and tips for increase active school travel. 

Includes: 

School Travel Planning toolkit

Mental Health Literacy

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
  • Brain development in children
  • Behaviour and temperament in children
  • Self-regulation in children
  • Resiliency in children
  • Sense of agency
  • Body image and self-esteem in youth
  • Responding to stressful events
  • Gambling

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.

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

Lesson plans created in collaboration with Ophea to support stress management and healthy coping skills. Each lesson plan is organized by different age groups: early years, grades 1-3, 4-6, 7-8, and 9-12.

Prevalent Medical Conditions (Anaphylaxis, Asthma, Diabetes and Epilepsy)

Review the Ministry of Education’s Policy/Program Memorandum 161 on supporting children and students with prevalent medical conditions in schools.

Anaphylaxis and Food Allergies 

Allergy Aware

Free online anaphylaxis courses and resources for schools (posters, plans, etc.), including:

  • Sample School Anaphylaxis Plan
  • Individual Anaphylaxis Emergency Plan
  • Anaphylaxis in Schools and Other Settings, 3rd edition revised: National guidelines for anaphylaxis management in Canadian schools

Food Allergy Canada

Free online anaphylaxis training courses for educators and resources for schools (posters, tip sheets, plans, etc.), including: 

MedicAlert - No Child Without Program

Program provides free MedicAlert ID and service plan to eligible children between the ages of 4 and 14.

Sabrina's Law

Ontario Ministry of Education

Information on law that ensures all school boards have policies or procedures in place to address anaphylaxis in schools, which includes providing instruction to staff and guidance on the administration of medication.

Asthma

Asthma Canada

Asthma Management in Schools – Best Practices

 

Children’s Asthma Action Plan

Canadian Lung Association

Information and resources on asthma, including a pediatric asthma action plan (1-12 years).

CHEO

Resources to help understand, cope with and/or support someone with asthma, including:
Book recommendations that educators may use in class.

Ontario Ministry of Education 
 
Ryan's Law 

Information on law that ensures all school boards have policies or procedures in place to support children and students with asthma. 

OPHEA

E-Learning module on implementing Ryan’s Law and PPM 161: Ensuring Asthma Friendly Schools 2023/24.
This e-Learning module is designed to support school staff in understanding and applying Ryan’s Law in their school to support the safety and well-being of students with asthma.
Diabetes
 

Ottawa Public Health

Information on type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes, and diabetes services in Ottawa.

Canadian Paediatric Society

Diabetes at School

Resources for families, schools and caregivers to help school-aged children with type 1 diabetes, including:

CHEO

Resources to help better understand, cope with and/or support someone with diabetes.

Ontario Ministry of Education

Policies and procedures that support children and students with diabetes.

Ontario Ministry of Health

 

The Ministry of Health provides a variety of services and resources to help individuals manage diabetes.

Epilepsy

Canadian Epilepsy Alliance (CEA)

Information on epilepsy including:

Caring for Kids

Information on:

  • Epilepsy
  • Epileptic seizures
  • How epilepsy affects a child in school
  • Supports for students with epilepsy in schools
  • Roles and responsibilities of parents/guardians and schools
  • Seizure action plans
  • Seizure first aid basics
  • What classmates should know about epilepsy

CHEO

 A variety of resources to help better understand, cope with and/or support someone with epilepsy.

Epilepsy Ottawa

Services to support parents and educators integrate children with epilepsy into their classrooms and school, including:

  • Accommodations and Safety Plans.
  • Seizure Smart program to learn more about epilepsy and how to help someone having a seizure.
  • Seizure Smart at school presentations for children and youth.

Epilepsy Ontario

With funding from the Ministry of Education, Epilepsy Ontario has developed a training tool for teachers to assist them in supporting students with epilepsy in the classroom. The tool is divided into 3 15-minute modules:

  • Module 1: Facts About Epilepsy
  • Module 2: Responding to Seizures
  • Module 3: Supporting Students

Ontario Ministry of Education

Policies and procedures that support children and students with epilepsy.

SickKids – Epilepsy at School

Resource material for parents/guardians, including:

  • Informing a child’s school about their epilepsy
  • Seizure safety: Plan of action
  • Advocating on your child’s behalf
  • Transition to high school

Screen Time/Internet Safety

Parenting in Ottawa

(for parents)

Includes information on recommended daily screen time use.

Media Smarts

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

Ottawa Police Service

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

Substance Use Health, Addictions, and Related Behaviours

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 Safer
  • #drugcheking results from Sandy Hill Community Centre
  • Local resources

Parenting in Ottawa

(for parents)

  • Alcohol
  • Cannabis
  • Tobacco
  • Vaping
  • Opioids

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, about legal and illegal drugs, cannabis and alcohol. How and where to get help and the effects of stigma.

Consider the Consequences (for students grades 7-12): 

This online self-led module from Health Canada aims to provide youth aged 13-18 with information about vaping to help them make informed decisions about their health. It also helps and supports educators in engaging with youth on the issue. This module includes activities, videos and informative content that covers multiple topics related to vaping, including the risks and harms of youth vaping, the effects of nicotine and cannabis use during adolescence, legislation and regulations in Canada, the cost of vaping, and tips to deal with peer pressure.

Media Smarts

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

Ophea

Information and resources developed to provide educators with capacity building tools to help youth develop the knowledge and skills needed to make informed decisions to support their health and well-being.  For grades 1-12

Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit 

Lesson plan, resources, infographics, videos, quit plan, information and tools to support tobacco and vaping prevention.  

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a public health nurse assigned to my school?

Aligning with Ottawa Public Health’s mission to work together with the community and to maximize impact, resources and supports for schools have shifted to an online platform, School Health Online The platform contains a wide range of curated and up-to-date content on various topics that will be easily accessible to teachers and educators.  Although schools no longer have an assigned nurse, two public health liaison nurses are working closely in collaboration with each school board to address emerging needs, priorities, and health issues. The liaison nurses will be available to support with school boards’ strategic planning and will strive to meet the needs that arise through direct support or leveraging knowledge brokers and partners.

Why did the program delivery model change this year?

The decision to shift to an online platform stems from changes to provincial funding, as well as the need to align with Ottawa Public Health’s emerging vision and strategy, and to meet the evolving needs of the community. Some resources, including nurses working in School Health, were shifted to priority areas in the organization. Despite this change, we are committed to reaching a large audience by embracing technology, to maximize the impact on the health and well-being of students.  

Are nurses available for classroom presentations?  

The former School Health team has transitioned from in-person presentations to an innovative online platform. This platform hosts a wide range of educational resources and materials designed to empower teachers and educators with essential health knowledge and resources to support the delivery of the Ontario Health and Physical Education Curriculum.  

Can we borrow health resources (such as kits, bins)?

As resources have shifted to an online model, at this time, physical resources are not available.  Please visit this webpage for available online resources. 

Where can I find more information about an infectious disease relating to school?

For information about infectious diseases relating to schools, you can visit the Guidelines for Schools and Child Care Centres on Infectious Diseases and Other Childhood Health Issues. The guidelines provide information on various diseases,  causes/symptoms, transmission, incubation, period of communicability, exclusions for school, and reporting requirements.  For reportable diseases, please contact our Outbreak Reporting Line at 613-580-2424, ext. 26325 (Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm or 3-1-1 after hours). 

Is Ottawa Public Health offering in-person services in schools? 

Ottawa Public Health offers in-person services in schools, such as dental screeningsimmunization clinics, and outbreak management 

I would like to share feedback on the School Health Online platform, how can I do that? 

We welcome all feedback as it allows us to hear about the way it’s helping you in your work, or how we can improve our services.  Please use our feedback formfind the icon conveniently located in the bottom right corner of this page.

I can’t find what I’m looking for – what do I do now? 

We’re sorry to hear that you did not find what you were looking for.  On our main page, you’ll be able to find a breakdown of grade specific resources. Following grade-specific resources, you will find another section which contains all other public health-related topics. You may also want to have a peek at our left-side menu (desktop only) for other popular school-related topics. If you still can’t find what you’re looking for, you can use our feedback form on the main page to let us know. If you require personalized assistance, you may contact us at healthy.schools@ottawa.ca.

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