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CanDo News
Healthy Eating and Active Living in Fort Collins and Loveland 
In This Issue
Call To Action
Meeting Schedule
Vida Sana
School Wellness
Built Environment
Worksite Wellness
Local Food and Gardens
Partner Events
Local and National HEAL News
Quick Links

Dear CanDo Coalition Member:

Have you heard of Photovoice?

Photovoice is a group analysis method that combines photography with grassroots social action. Participants are asked to represent their communities or express their points of view by photographing scenes and combining them with narratives to explain how the photos highlight a particular theme. This type of community advocacy is an excellent way to highlight positives as well as areas where improvements are needed.

CanDo Loveland has used Photovoice in the past couple of years with great success. In 2013, CanDo assisted Loveland teens in the creation of a Photovoice showing the need for a sidewalk in their neighborhood. The Photovoice, coupled with direct advocacy to the Public Works department and several Loveland boards and commissions, resulted in a new sidewalk in the Maple Terrace neighborhood. Read about the project here.
Picture This: A Walkable, Livable Loveland

With this success under their belt, CanDo Loveland recently embarked on another advocacy effort…improving the walkability and livability of historic downtown Loveland. With the help of the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute along with Partnership for Age Friendly Communities (PAFC) and AARP, a group of Loveland residents took pictures and recorded personal narratives to go along with their photographs. These narratives, which included both positive perspectives and suggestions for improvements were compiled into a Photovoice titled Picture This: A Walkable, Livable Loveland which was presented last week at a well-attended community meeting of interested Loveland residents.

The Photovoice, along with a report from the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute,  helped shape short term (100 day challenge), medium term, and long term priorities for Loveland. Click here to read an article in the Reporter Herald about the meeting and the creation of a Citizen Task Force dedicated to working on short term and long term improvement goals. Click here for additional information on the report and key findings.

Read on to find out what CanDo and their partners are doing in February! 
Call To Action

Over the past 18 months, a main area of focus for the CanDo Coalition has been to advocate for the incorporation of meaningful health policies into the updated Loveland Comprehensive Plan. To date, the health policies that we collectively support have been well received because they align with the community’s vision and values.

Updating the Comprehensive Plan represents a critical opportunity to respond to community needs and to institutionalize community values through health-related policies.  We’re reaching out to ask for your help in our final push. During February and March of 2016, we anticipate that the Comprehensive Plan will enter its final phase.  First, it will be presented to the Planning Commission for a recommendation and then it will be presented to City Council for formal approval and adoption. Our elected and appointed officials have stated they want to hear from Loveland’s citizens, so now is the time to reiterate the value of your participation and your voice.

Between now and final adoption of the comprehensive plan, here’s how you can help:

Click here for all of the information you need to participate and get your voice heard including contact information for the Planning Commission, City Council and the Reporter Herald. In addition, a step-by-step process to help you gather your thoughts and develop an email, letter or 3-minute speech is provided.
If you choose to take action, please let Kelly Haworth know. We’d like to track efforts in our community for our grant and program reports and we’d like to offer help if needed.  
CanDo and Vida Sana Meeting Schedule

Built Environment Work Group (BEWG)
Our next meeting will be Tuesday, February 16 from 3:30-4:30pm at the Institute for the Built Environment in Routt Hall, Room 103.

Please click here for a
campus map. Additionally, it is highly recommended that you either bike in, or take the MAX. There is a MAX stop at University or Laurel.  
If you have any questions, contact Colin Day at

Vida Sana 
Our next meeting will be Monday, February 22 from 10:30-12:00 at Northside Aztlan Community Center (112 Willow St., Fort Collins.)

Loveland Coalition  
Our next meeting will be Wednesday, February 24 from 11:30am-1:00pm at Loveland Museum Gallery (503 N. Lincoln Ave.) 
Vida Sana

Vida Sana has partnered with UCHealth’s Healthy Hearts to offer a six-week class for the Lago Vista community starting Thursday, February 18 from 7:00-8:30pm.

The classes will teach residents about heart disease and how to reduce risk factors. Topics include healthy snacks, exercising, and shopping on a budget.
School Wellness

Healthy Kids Club

Schools on the Move 5210 Challenge 

Healthy Kids Club is excited to announce the Schools on the Move 5210 Challenge for 2016! Since 1998, Healthy Kids Club, UCHealth, has been partnering with schools to make wellness part of the school culture, and to encourage adding the 5210 habits EVERYDAY for kids and adults alike!

The Schools on the Move 5210 Challenge is a one-month program to encourage students, teachers, school staff and families to adopt the 5210 healthy habits. The goals are to get 5 fruits and vegetables, 2 hours or less of recreational screen time, 1 hour or more of physical activity, and to drink 0 sugary drinks …everyday! During the month of February, students and staff will be tracking their 5210 habits to earn a t-shirt and prizes for their school. Click here for more information and to download a family 5210 Challenge log, a great way to get the whole family involved 5210 healthy habits.


Poudre School District

Volunteers Needed: Wellness Advisory Council for Schools

PSD’s Wellness team is looking for volunteers to serve on the Wellness Advisory Council for Schools (WACS). The Wellness Advisory Council for Schools (WACS) supports, advises and enhances the Poudre School District’s Wellness Vision by creating an environment where student wellness and nutrition is encouraged through adherence to the PSD Wellness Policy.  The committee is comprised of community stakeholders, as well as district staff, and is led by the district’s Wellness Manager. Volunteers are asked to participate in monthly meetings and serve a two-year term. Current seats available include:
  • Community member at-large
  • Middle School Parent
  • Licensed PE/Health Staff Member
  • Elementary Administrator
  • Secondary Administrator
  • High School Student
If you are interested in serving as a member of WACS in any of the above roles, please contact to request an application. Completed applications are due by March 1, 2016.


Action for Healthy Kids 

AFHK’s 2015-16 Wellness Wednesday Webinar Series

Looking for practical tips about healthy classroom parties, taste tests, yoga in the classroom and other wellness activities? Don’t miss our Wellness Wednesday Webinar Series. Join us live from 2-2:30 MT on the second Wednesday of each month. Register, view archived webinars and learn more.
  • September 9 - Not a Brain Break, But a Brain Energizer (archived)
  • October 14 - Having Fun with Healthy Classroom Parties (archived)
  • November 11 - Getting Kids to Try Healthy Foods with Taste Tests (archived)
  • December 9 - Motivating Students with Yoga in the Classroom (archived)
  • January 13 - Bringing Play Indoors when the Weather Gets Bad
  • February 10 - How to Host a Health & Wellness Fair
  • March 9 - Growing Your School Garden
  • April 13 - Volunteer for Healthy Schools
  • May 11 - Walk and Bike to School Programs that Engage Kids and Families 
Built Environment

Built Environment Work Group 

BEWG would like to thank Aaron Iverson, Senior Transportation Planner with the City, for discussing the history of pedestrian advocacy in Fort Collins. We learned of Fort Collins current standings as a walkable city and past efforts to create an FC Walks position. BEWG has great interest in helping the City of Fort Collins make improvements in walking infrastructure to advance from a Bronze to a Gold Level Walk Friendly City. Members are advocating for an FC Walks position that can address safety concerns, encourage mode shift, and measure progress through program evaluations. BEWG sees great potential in promoting healthy and active living by partnering with Bike FC and the City of Fort Collins Department of Transportation to advocate for an FC Walks position.
As a city, Fort Collins has created a supportive culture around active and multi-modal transport. FC Bikes and Bike FC have done an incredible job promoting, educating, and advocating for bicycle ridership in the city. BEWG would like to elevate pedestrian infrastructure, education, and encouragement to the impressive levels surrounding bicycling. Strong support has been shown by FC Bikes and Safe Routes to School around pedestrian advocacy and we hope to leverage these partnerships moving forward. We are also excited to have begun conversations with Vida Sana and the promotoras of Andersonville to consider how to provide equitable play spaces. There will be more to come in next month’s meeting and newsletter.
BEWG would like to encourage members of the community to take part in these discussions around pedestrian advocacy. Through diverse representation, we can better understand and address the needs of our diverse community members.
Please contact Colin Day at the Institute for the Built Environment for more information. or (970) 491-5041.

Worksite Wellness

Health LinksTM is a nonprofit initiative based at the Color
ado School of Public Health that  helps businesses build sustainable workplace health and safety programs. Health LinksTM provides expert advising, Healthy Business Certification and connection to resources and local preferred providers that offer health, safety and well-being services. Get recognized as a champion of worker health and safety today and get connected to a local community advisor. Visit to get started.
We invite you to join us for any of our upcoming events - contact Michelle at for questions and to get more information.
**The Governor’s Council for Active and Healthy Lifestyles will be handing out their Governor’s Award for Workplace Wellness at this year’s Colorado Culture of Health Conference. Apply for Healthy Business Certification Today and be eligible to win!
Local Food and Gardens

Northern Colorado Food Cluster

Fort Collins Winter Farmers Market

When: 10:00am-2:00 pm
Where: Downtown Fort Collins at the Opera Galleria, 123 N. College Ave.  
  • February 13, 27
  • March 12, 26
  • April 9, 23
The primary mission for the Fort Collins Winter Farmers Markets is to support local food producers, to provide an outlet for direct sales to consumers, encourage season extension and increased supplies of fresh produce and whole foods in the region, and to educate consumers about the variety of local foods that are produced and sold during the fall, winter and early spring. The Winter Farmers Market facilitates the creation of relationships between producers and consumers. Click here for market updates.

Partner Events
City of Fort Collins - FCBikes

Bike Winter Celebration
February 5, 2016

Mark your calendars and plan to join us to celebrate winter riding in Fort Collins, whether you rode once or every day! Connect with Fort Collins’ cycling community, swap stories about your wintery riding season, and see the top photos from our Bike Winter Photo Contest. Light snacks will be provided at Wolverine Letterpress and Publick House from 6:00-9:00pm.
Follow us on Facebook to find helpful tips and tricks so you enjoy the winter riding season. #fcbikes, #bikewinter. For more information about other special events and to learn more about winter riding visit:
Winter is a great time to increase your knowledge about cycling so you can get out and ride as opportunities present themselves. Prep for your Spring Break by attending our Cycle Touring Basics class. Learn how to use your bike as transportation in Everyday Cycling. Increase your confidence riding in traffic or on trails with Smart Cycling. Register for the following classes via the
Everyday Cycling
  • Thursday, February 11, 2016, 7-8:30pm, Northside Aztlan Center (Recreator Activity Number: 109591-01)
 Smart Cycling
  • Saturday, February 20, 2016, 8:15am-4:30pm, Westbridge Medical Suites (Recreator  Activity Number: 109590-01)
Did you know we also offer classes by request for businesses or organizations? Check out the Bicycle Ambassador Program website for more information.

Registration required through the Recreator or by calling the Recreator registration desk at (970) 221-6256.


Partnership for Age-Friendly Communities (PAFC)

Larimer County Joins National Age-Friendly Communities Network

Celebrate the launch of Larimer County’s Designation as an AARP Age-Friendly Community.

Thursday, February 11, 2:00-3:30pm
Larimer County Courthouse, 1st Floor (200 West Oak Street)

All are welcome. Reception following event!
Local and National HEAL News

2015 Dietary Guidelines 

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) jointly publish the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (Dietary Guidelines) every 5 years. Each edition of the Dietary Guidelines reflects the current body of nutrition science.

The Dietary Guidelines provides evidence-based food and beverage recommendations for Americans ages 2 and older. These recommendations aim to:
  • Promote health
  • Prevent chronic disease
  • Help people reach and maintain a healthy weight
Public health agencies, health care providers, and educational institutions all rely on Dietary Guidelines recommendations and strategies.

The Dietary Guidelines also has a significant impact on nutrition in the United States because it:
  • Forms the basis of federal nutrition policy and programs
  • Helps guide local, state, and national health promotion and disease prevention initiatives
  • Informs various organizations and industries (e.g., products developed and marketed by the food and beverage industry)

Click here to see the 2015 Dietary Guidelines. 


In health,