Passport to Health

January 16, 2014 – February 19, 2014 

Join the UOttawa Comprehensive School Health Cohort at a series of teacher professional development workshops leading up to the 2014 Teaching Choices Symposium and keynote speaker Dr. Jean Clinton!

CSH Photographer: Elena Prospero




The CSH Passport to Health Workshop Series

As a prelude to keynote speaker Dr. Jean Clinton’s presentation at the Teaching Choices Symposium, the Comprehensive School Health cohort of the Faculty of Education will be facilitating a series of professional development workshops.

These workshops, taking place from 12:00pm to 1:00pm in LMX, are directed to Teacher Candidates and focus on the three pillars of comprehensive school health: healthy living, healthy relationships, and healthy environments.


Workshop 1: Healthy Minds 
Presented by CSH members Michelle and Melanie
Thursday, January 16, 2014 – LMX 403

The increase of anxiety and other mental health issues in school-age children is a widespread concern in todays’ schools.  This workshop focused on how educators can contribute to the development of healthy minds and happy children.

Healthy Minds presenters and CSH Cohort members, Michelle Griffiths and Melanie Duncan, shared inspiring messages about how new teachers have the power to change the lives of young people. Please click on the following links to read their personal stories.




Workshop 2: Nutrition and School 
Presented by CSH members Mike, Chantal, and Kara 
Thursday, January 23, 2014 – LMX 477

Healthy eating is an integral part of a balanced lifestyle, but it isn’t always easy to maintain.  Throughout this workshop, we explored how to integrate healthy eating habits into our daily lives and into our schools so that good nutrition becomes a part of every child’s life!




Workshop 3: Learning Through Movement
Presented by CSH members Sonja and Michelle
Thursday, January 30, 2014 – LMX 477

Physical activity isn’t just for phys-ed class anymore: throughout this workshop, we investigated the bodily kinesthetic learning style and how it can be applied to multiple subject areas.




Workshop 4: Linking alternative activities to the curriculum 
Thursday, February 6, 2014
LMX 477

Throughout this workshop, we explored the benefits of alternative activities, such as swimming and skating, and demonstrated how activities such as these can be linked to the health and physical education curriculum of Ontario. Optional free skating workshop offered at 1:30pm.




Workshop 5: Yoga and Mindfulness 

Thursday, February 13, 2014
LMX 477

Learning how to integrate yoga and mindfulness into your classroom is a great way to increase students’ self-awareness and make connections to healthy living, healthy relationships, and healthy environments.



Keynote Speaker Dr. Jean Clinton

Wednesday, February 19, 2014
9:00am – 10:15am

The 2014 UOttawa Teaching Choices Symposium will feature keynote speaker Dr. Jean Clinton, Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster University.

For 20 years, Dr. Clinton has been a consultant to early years and childcare programs. She has served as a member of the National Advisory Committee of the ‘Welcome to Kindergarten’ Program with The Learning Partnership and has also served as as an expert advisor for “Invest in Kids” parenting initiative.






Fall 2013: CSH Lunch ‘n Learn Series

All workshops are in LMX477 from 12-1pm unless otherwise specified…

Sept 5 (noon-2pm)– Welcome!

Sept 12 – uOttawa Health Services ( and Sport Services (

Sept 19 -Physical literacy CHEO research team & CSH Goal Setting

During this lunch time seminar the Healthy Active Living and Obesity Research Group (HALO) will introduce you to the Canadian Assessment of Physical Literacy (CAPL). Physical education outcomes extend far beyond traditional models of fitness, so the CAPL enhances teacher understanding of multiple factors that contribute to students’ physical literacy, including children’s motivation and confidence for physical activity, their knowledge and understanding of physical activity, and current physical fitness, motor skill and physical activity behaviors. Taken together, these key domains indicate a child’s capacity for a healthy active lifestyle. The CAPL is a valid and reliable approach that teachers can use to identify the physical literacy strengths and weaknesses of students; enabling lesson plans targeted to student needs. Join us to learn about the CAPL and how you can use the CAPL as part of your practicum or CSL requirements.

Sept 26 – PHE Canada- website, resource overview, student advisory opportunity

Physical and Health Education Canada is a national, not for profit organization whose members are predominantly teachers, principals and university professors engaged in physical and health education. Come meet Sarah Jackson, Program Manager, and find out more about the opportunities you have to collaborate with our team in building Healthy School Communities.

Oct 3 and 10 – Momentum Moves Canada – Get a Move on! (

Dance education is something every child must experience! It is a well rounded activity that enhances every aspect of the body, from the physical to the emotional. Along with improving motor skills, working memory and physical fitness, the freedom of expression in dance is unparalleled. It also helps to develop a greater sense of self awareness, self confidence by celebrating our individual style. Dance is also the most natural social activity that builds and strengthens community!

Dance with us to explore new possibilities in movement and discover a new skill while having fun! Marc-André and Mr Bill will inspire you to find your own motivation which will expand your comfort zone!  Following a brief conversation exploring theories, expectations and benefits of creative movement, they will take you through some simple dance and aerobic exercises that will get you thinking creatively.  As part of the Momentum Moves team, they are committed providing a positive and supportive environment where dancers of all ages have the freedom to move and express themselves while working together to learn new skills.

Oct 24 – Professor Jess Whitley – Bringing Mindfulness into the Classroom

Forget reading and ‘rithmetic – many students in elementary schools are struggling to learn because they struggle to deal with anxiety and cope with everyday challenges. Many teachers say the same about themselves! Integrating mindfulness-based approaches into your classroom (and life) is a great way to help students build awareness of their own emotions, behaviours and learning. Learn some easy strategies that you can apply in your practicum and also possibilities for a more intensive mindfulness-based volunteer opportunity in a local school.

Oct 31 – Professor David Smith – Bullying Prevention Programs that Work

Prof. David Smith will discuss and share resources about bullying prevention programs that have been shown to be effective in reducing bullying and improving school climate.

Dec 5 – Sharing CSH practicum experiences & planning events for 2014 where future CSH events will be student led and organized.