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Healthy children are more prepared to learn. Quality instruction, both in the classroom and in other less formal settings, plays a major part in developing a health promoting school.

Below you will find credible teaching resources about public health topics for elementary and secondary school educators.



Lesson Plans and Activities

Discovering You (Gr. 5)

Student Workbook

Teacher Companion Guide

  • Created to assist Grade 5 teachers in meeting the Substance Use, Addictions, and Related Behaviours requirements that are in the New Grade 5 Ontario Health and Physical Education Curriculum and the Science and Technology Curriculum
  • Activities and lessons, delivered through an engaging student workbook and classroom discussion, allow students to explore the social and environmental factors that affect their choices, including decisions around alcohol use

Truth About Drugs Educators Kit (Gr. 7-12)

  • Resource includes an Educator’s Guide with 18 Lesson Plans, a 142-minute ‘The Truth About Drugs’ documentary on DVD, a 24-piece classroom set of 13 booklets with information on the most commonly abused drugs
  • Resource created in California by Foundation for a Drug-Free World
  • Available for loan from the Health Unit by contacting your school’s public health nurse

Media Smarts 

  • Lesson plans and activities about alcohol advertising and media literacy

Project ALERT(Gr. 7 & 8) 

  • Site offers fourteen easy-to-follow lessons, all available for free download. Each lesson includes implementation hints, reference materials and handouts that you can email directly to your students. Site also offers free online training for educators. *US resource

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

  • Fact sheets and other resources about alcohol and a number of other drugs

Additional Resources

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) School Programs and Assembly Presentations


Anaphylaxis in Schools – Online Course

  • Free Course
  • Takes approximately 30 minutes to complete
  • Receive a certificate upon completion
  • Includes National Guidelines for Anaphylaxis Management in Canadian Schools

Food Allergy Canada

  • Free resources for educators
  • Template to create an anaphylaxis emergency plan
  • Elementary and high school curriculum
  • Links to additional resources

Ontario Ministry of Education

  • Provides links to legislation for Sabrina’s Law (anaphylaxis) and Ryan’s Law (asthma)
  • Provides posters, fact sheets and Asthma Management Plan template as downloadable pdfs


Asthma e-Learning Module

An e-Learning module from OPHEA designed to support school staff in understanding and applying Ryan’s Law in their school to ensure the safety and well-being of students with asthma. – Requires an OPHEA account (free for educators)

Creating Asthma-Friendly Schools

  • Developed by OPHEA
  • Provides sample policy, student management template and information on asthma triggers and steps to prevent asthma attacks in the school environment

Managing Asthma in our Schools

  • Video developed by OPHEA (also available to order as a DVD from OPHEA)
  • Can be shown at staff meetings as a training tool

Food Allergy Canada Allergy Awareness Challenge

  • School program for educators to help raise awareness about food allergies in the classroom
  • Program materials available for elementary and high school classes
  • Includes presentations, promotional material, activities, worksheets and lesson plans

Training Videos for Common Inhalers

  • Videos developed by The Lung Association
  • Short 1-2 minute videos showing how to operate many of the most common inhalation devices


Diabetes Training for School Staff

  • Free online training developed by Canadian Paediatric Society and Diabetes Canada
  • Important information for anyone who comes in contact with a student who has type 1 diabetes: teachers, non-teaching school staff, bus drivers, playground monitors, before- and after-school program staff, extracurricular leaders, and so on.
  • Training divide into three levels, based on the role of the staff person with regards to supporting a student/students with diabetes.

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  • Lesson Plans and resources intended to help educators teach and reinforce concepts about bullying prevention.
  • Includes a free online course for educators around bullying prevention

Concussion Resources for Educators

  • Compiled by Parachute Canada
  • Includes videos, tools and concussion guidelines for teachers

Oliver’s Big Bump

  • Children’s storybook created by the District School Board of Niagara
  • Appropriate for JK – Grade 4
  • Accompanying lesson plans are available here

Ophea’s Concussion Identification, Management and Prevention for Ontario Schools e-Learning module

  • This e-Learning module is intended for all school staff including educators, administrators and support staff.
  • Developed to increase awareness and understanding of concussion, and the method and strategies to be used for identification and appropriate management. The module also includes strategies and resources to assist in the education of concussion prevention.
  • Module takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. A certificate is provided upon completion.
  • No cost, but does require an OPHEA account (free to register)

Lesson Plans and Activities

Germs Away!

  • Online game for kids, classroom activities and handwashing poster

Healthy Hands: Hand Hygiene Resource Manual (Gr. K-8)

  • Lesson plans, activities, reproducibles

Bug Out! Facilitator Booklet (Grades K-3)

  • Contains more than 10 classroom activities on germs and hygiene
  • Developed by Canadian Red Cross

Curriculum Supports

Germs Away! The ABC’s of Hand Washing

  • Six-minute hand washing DVD video and accompanying teacher guide and activities for preschool to Grade 2
  • Available for loan from the Health Unit by contacting your school’s public health nurse

Wash Up! It’s in Your Hands

  • A personal hygiene program for Grades 4-9
  • 12-minute DVD and accompanying teacher guide
  • Available for loan from the Health Unit by contacting your school’s public health nurse

Additional Resources

Let’s Wash Our Hands! poster

Scrub Club

  • Interactive games, webisodes, activity sheets and teacher’s guide

Germ Smart ‘Wash Your Hands’ video

Germ Smart: ‘How to Wash Your Hands’ video

‘Pump the Pump’ video

Head lice (pediculosis)

Head lice are tiny insects that live on the scalp, where they lay eggs. Head lice do not spread disease. It’s not a sign of uncleanliness or a parent/guardian’s fault if a child has head lice.

Head lice policies in schools are determined by school boards (under the Education Act) and not the Health Unit.

For information on the treatment and prevention of head lice, please visit:

Nutrition programs and resources are available to elementary and secondary schools in Haldimand and Norfolk. These programs and resources are intended to help schools create a healthy nutrition environment.

 Does your school have a healthy food culture? Watch this short video developed by York Region to find out what this means and how schools can influence our eating habits.

Lesson Plans and Activities


  • Produced and maintained by Ontario Dietitians in Public Health, this interactive website provides tips for all educators to help teach nutrition in a positive way.
  • Explore the grade specific curriculum supports, activity ideas, and discussion prompts to help boost student well-being inside and outside of the classroom.

Media Smarts

  • Lesson plans and activities on food marketing, body image, cyberbullying and other digital and media literacy topics for K-12.

Growing Chefs! Ontario

  • Growing Chefs! Ontario lesson plans are designed to help meet Learning Expectations cited in the Ontario Elementary Curriculum and to promote positive, respectful learning and exploration of culture and diversity through food in a fun and interactive manner.


Additional Resources

PPM-150: School Food and Beverage Policy

  • Includes information about the School Food and Beverage policy, elementary and secondary teacher resource guides, FAQs about the policy, etc.

Canada’s Food Guide or contact Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit

  • Canada’s food guide is an online suite of tools created by Health Canada.
  • The food guide provides the general Canadian population (2 years of age and older) with recommendations to promote healthy eating and nutritional well-being.
  • Eating patterns encouraged within Canada’s food guide are flexible, diverse and include foods that hold culture, personal or religious significance.
  • Contact the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit for copies of Canada’s food guide-Snap shot or order them online directly from Health Canada

You’re the Chef

  • You’re the Chef is a food literacy program designed to help children and youth develop food and nutrition knowledge, food skills, and the confidence necessary to plan and prepare nutritious meals and snacks.
  • Registered dietitians from HNHU provide training and resources to school community volunteers to run the program at their respective schools.

Nurturing Healthy Eaters in Elementary Schools

  • Developed by Ontario Dietitans in Public Health, this resource describes how school community members can support students in elementary schools (grades JK – 8) to nurture healthy eating.
  • Also available in French.

Nurturing Healthy Eaters in Secondary Schools

  • Developed by Ontario Dietitans in Public Health, this resource describes how school community members can support students in secondary schools to nurture healthy eating.
  • Also available in French.

Mental Health and Weight Bias in Schools

  • Developed by Ontario Dietitians in Public Health for use with schools to provide information on mental health and weight bias.
  • This resource provides tips on what educators can do to support inclusive and safe environments for all.
  • Also available in French.

Let’s Talk About Food

  • Developed by Dairy Farmer’s of Canada’s Registered dietitians, this teaching resource explores how to talk about food and eating in the classroom using inclusive and respectful language.
  • Included is an easy to follow printable with helpful tips that are appropriate for all ages and grades.

National Eating Disorder Information Centre Workshops for Educators

  • The National Eating Disorder Information Centre (NEDIC) has developped workshops for educators with a focus on
    • Spotting the signs of disordered eating and eating disorders and supporting students who are affected
    • School climate and curriculum
  • Their goal is to provide educators with the tools to offer support to students, the information to make informed decisions, and assist in fostering a school culture that celebrates natural physical diversity, and recognizes all of the values food brings to our lives.
  • NEDIC also offers educational programming to elementary, middle school, and high school students.

Lesson Plans and Activities

OPHEA (Gr. 1-8)

  • Lesson plans, teaching supplements and activities to help implement the 2015 H&PE Curriculum

Teaching Sexual Health: Teacher Portal (Alberta-based resource)

  • Lesson plans, demonstration videos, PPT presentations, classroom tips and strategies, parent packages, print resources, etc.

Curriculum Supports

Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit

  • Resource package with a manual/guide and DVD available on loan
  • Consultation and resource provision for staff
  • No longer able to offer classroom presentations to teach the curriculum
    • After curriculum has been taught by teacher, PHN will come in for a Q&A class if needed/desired

Always Changing (Gr. 5-9) (update)

  • Free Teacher’s Guides with lesson plans, Student Manuals and downloadable worksheets for Gr. 5-6 and Gr. 7+
  • ‘Always Changing and Growing Up’ 16-26 minute puberty education videos available online, offered in boysgirls, or co-ed versions

Human Development and Sexual Health: Teaching tips and strategies (Gr. 1-8)

Sexuality and U

  • Teaching Sexual Health Education Manual: A Primer for New Teachers, A Refresher for Experienced Teachers
  • Teaching Sex Ed for Youth with Disabilities
  • Managing Controversy
  • Classroom Presentations
  • Information on birth control and STIs

Teaching Puberty: You Can Do It

  • Training videos for grade 4-6 teachers, created by Toronto Public Health
  • PPT presentations on contraception, STIs, hygiene, puberty, etc.

The Genderbread Person

  • A youth-friendly visual that explains the difference between gender identity, gender expression and biological sex

Supplemental Resources for Fully Alive to support Catholic teachers with the 2015 Ontario Health & Physical Education curriculum, Grades 1-8

  • Developed by the Institute for Catholic Education (ICE)

Sexual health education in the schools: Questions & Answers – updated for 2015 Ontario curriculum

  • Developed by the Sex Information & Education Council of Canada (SIECCAN)

Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) factsheets and the Canadian Guidelines for Sexual Health Education

Additional Resources 

Ontario Ministry of Education Parent Guides for 2015 Health & Physical Education

It Starts With You. It Stays With Him: Working with boys to promote gender equality in our schools (Grades 6-9)

  • E-learning modules for both students and teachers, developed in partnership with ETFO and OSSTF

Lesson Plans and Activities

MindUp Curriculum

  • A social and emotional learning program for the classroom
  • Uses 15 short lessons to offer easy strategies for helping students focus their attention, improve their self-regulation skills, build resilience to stress, and develop a positive mindset in both school and life.
  • Books available for review or short-term loan from Health Unit by contacting your school’s public health nurse or health promoter

Media Smarts

  • Lesson plans and activities about body image, cyberbullying, and a variety of other digital and media literacy topics.


Curriculum Supports

PREV/Net – What Educators Need to Know about Bullying

  • Includes tips for various members of the school community, fact sheets and tools for schools, bullying prevention activities, teacher handbook, etc.


Additional Resources

Mind Your Mind

  • interactive youth website with information on types of mental illnesses, wellness strategies, support resources and contacts, and tools to educate and help them cope, de-stress, or start thinking about a plan for being well.


Haldimand-Norfolk REACH

  • Information and contact details about services such as 24/7 crisis support line, Mental Health Workers in Schools (ROKS), Walk-in Counselling clinics, etc.

Kids Help Phone

Teacher’s Guide – Everyday practices for Mental Health and Well Being in the Classroom

Teach Resiliency – designed to support your journey towards engagement and energy at work and school and building healthy futures for yourselves and your students

Lesson Plans and Activities

Oral Health Curriculum Resource

  • Lesson plans and resources to support the Ontario Gr. 1 – 8 curriculum
  • Developed by the Ontario Association of Public Health Dentistry


Additional Resources

Healthy Smiles Ontario

  • A government-funded dental program that provides free preventive, routine, and emergency dental services for children and youth 17 years old and under from low-income households.

Lesson Plans and Activities

OPHEA (Gr. 1-8)

  • Lesson plans, teaching supplements and activities to help implement the 2015 H&PE Curriculum

Active for Life

  • Resources and lesson plans for teaching physical literacy to children ages 3-12

At My Best

  • Teachers can sign up for free to access a teacher portal with lesson plans, videos and games
  • Materials designed to promote and develop children’s overall wellbeing, including physical activity, healthy eating, and emotional wellbeing
  • Two programs available, K–Gr. 3 & Gr. 4–Gr. 6
  • Created by Physical and Health Education Canada

Curriculum Supports

Passport for Life (Gr. 3-12)

  • Passport for Life is a tool that enables teachers to understand the physical literacy of their students. It assesses students in four categories: fitness skills, movement skills, active participation, and living skills. Students complete the assessments and the information is entered into the online system. Once completed, students receive a printable Passport that identifies their strengths and areas for improvement so they may set goals for improving their physical literacy. Teachers receive the results about their individual students, as well as aggregate information about the class, so they may structure their physical and health education programming appropriately. 

Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for Children and Youth

Additional Resources


  • Hundreds of silly, energetic and fun videos that get kids active at school
  • Many are short, desk-side activities that teachers can use for brain breaks or morning warm-ups
  • Schools or classrooms can sign up for free

Active After School

  • A searchable database of more than 800 fun, safe and engaging activities for after-school programs, indoor recesses, DPA, phys. ed class, etc.
  • Can sort with filters such as group size, play area, fundamental skills, adaptations and more

10 Simple Activities to Encourage Physical Activity in the Classroom


Primary, Junior and Intermediate DPA activity ideas

  • Created by Toronto Catholic District School Board

Lesson Plans and Activities

Heart & Stroke Foundation’s Heart Healthy Lesson Plans (K-8)

  • Lesson plans broken down by grade, with each grade covering topics such as tobacco-free living, healthy eating, being physically active, and general body anatomy and system functions

Media Smarts: Thinking Like a Tobacco Company

  • Lesson plans and activities about tobacco advertising and target marketing and other digital and media literacy topics


Additional Resources

OPHEA’s Ideas for Action

  • Guide provides a collection of activities that can be delivered in the school or community, along with a supporting list of useful websites (for accessing statistics, campaigns and other information).
  • The activities are based on research about the tobacco industry and its impact on youth, and many of them have been created for ‘youth by youth.‘