Teachers say they’ll find a way to keep Ontario’s updated sex-ed curriculum alive.

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As many of you are aware my I’ve spent nearly 15 years in public education, teaching and consulting on health and physical education. In 2008 I was part of the technical analysis of the 1998 curriculum identifying areas that needed to be revised, and then in the summer of 2009 I was a member of a diverse writing team for the health and physical education curriculum from grades 1-12. This was an amazing experience which connected me with awesome leaders across the province and led to my consulting position at Ophea and experiences trainer teachers from across the province for the past 8 years.

Last week, in less than a month in office, Doug Ford announced that Ontario public schools will revert back no the 1998 curriculum, disregarding all research, parent and student consultation, and international best practices on sexual health education. This 42-page document refers to “Sexually Transmitted Infections” and “STDs”, the Internet as the “World Wide Web,” and has no mention of consent, social media, and the devise families we see today. It also contains minimal reference to mental health, and the application of relationship and social skills in a sexual health context.

Last week I was interviewed by Macleans Magazine on what I thought Teacher’s would do regarding this change. I know great teachers will make the best decisions for their students. That’s our job. As the article statesTeachers, she explains, will be able to have discussions in the classroom about current events happening in their communities, or issues arising from their use of social media, which will serve as opportunities to introduce ideas from the 2015 curriculum. ‘It’s about having valuable conversations with students that they might need in a way that’s relevant to them,’ she says.”

Read the full article here: https://www.macleans.ca/education/teachers-will-find-a-way-to-keep-ontarios-updated-sex-ed-curriculum-alive/

Ophea has also put out a statement saying that they will not be revising their health lessons  reverting them back to the 1998 content and state “Ophea and OASPHE continue to believe that students have a right to learn from an up-to-date, research-based Health and Physical Education curriculum that includes human development and sexual health education.” View Ophea’s advocacy tools here.

 

It’s How We Roll: 15 min Foam Rolling Video

#HurtSoGood! Last week I had the joy of filming a short foam rolling video with the team from Best Health Magazine.

Foam Rolling is a form of self-myofascial release, or self-massage, that gets rid of knots in your muscles and connective tissue. It also increases blood flow to your muscles and creates better mobility, helping with recovery and improving performance.

I shared some of the sequencing we use at Tribe during our 60-minute Roll Out class (which happens on Monday and Wednesday evenings at 8pm and Saturdays at 12pm).

Watch the video here and join us at Tribe for your post workout recovery!

5 Tips To Succeed At Your Tribe 14-Class Challenge.

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Lots of firsts for me here.

1 – I’ve never participated in a multi day commitment to fitness challenge – unless you count my race training – which I guess is a challenge, but it’s different.

2 – I’m now hosting the challenge too, at Tribe, so this is super fun!

Here’s what you need to know! (so read on and think about joining me!)

We’re challenging the Tribe to 14 classes in 14 days. Do you have what it takes? Of course you do! We believe in you. To help you along your journey, here are 5 tips to make the most of your challenge.

1. Commit!

The first step to accepting our challenge couldn’t be any easier. Use your current class packages, monthly unlimited pass, or the special 2-Week Challenge Unlimited pass to attend 14 of your favourite classes between June 1-14th and be entered to win some awesome prizes from our amazing partners New Balance Canada, Ciele Athletics, Garden of Life, and Nuun Canada.

2. Define Your Why.

What do you want it more than? Cultivate a well-thought out, honest goal that will continue to motivate you for the 14 classes. Share your goal on the back of your challenge card, and on social, and keep it on your mind as your motivation to move more over these 14 days.

3. Schedule Your 14 Classes Now.

Approach your challenge like the non-negotiable meetings from your workday. Schedule them in at the start of the week either online or in person, and don’t let anything get in your way. You are unstoppable!

4. Invite Your Tribe.

Sometimes it does take a village, and it can certainly make a difference when your friends and family support your effort to cultivate health and wellness in your life. Invite your Tribe to join you in studio for the challenge, ask your work colleagues to hold you accountable and follow up daily with how the challenge is going, or simply share your progress through social – online followers are a great way to connect, inspire, and be motivated – and don’t forget to tag us too! (@Tribe_Fitness – but you already knew that right?)

5. Celebrate Your Success.

One class done? Awesome! Remembered your workout clothes? Woo hoo! Did your first yoga class? Hurray!
No matter the size of your success, celebrate it. Let this 14-class challenge present you with an opportunity to reveal your best self and to create a habit of healthy routines. Don’t think of this challenge as short-term; rather, you are reaffirming your commitment to yourself—and we are so excited to be along for the journey!

Pop in to the studio and pick up your Challenge Tracking Card any time, and start booking your classes online today!