Dear CanDo Coalition Member:
Who is ready for biking weather?!
Fort Collins is entering the world of Bike Share
Click here for more information on Bike Share or visit the Bike Share kiosk at the Downtown Transit Center for maps, helmets and visitor information!
share is an innovative public transportation program offering a network
of bicycles for short-term use. Through automated, self-service bike
check-out stations, bike share combines the flexibility and freedom of a bicycle with the accessibility of public transportation. Bike share systems enhance mobility within a city, promote
tourism and economic development, and offer a fun and healthy way of
getting around town. Extending the reach of public transit, bike share
systems create connections -
connecting people to where they live, work and play, and to other modes of transportation.
Bike Share differs slightly from the FC Bike Library
bike share is designed to serve as a mobility option for shorter,
spontaneous trips. This type of bike share can enhance the reach of
transit, allow for short commuter trips, errands and lunchtime trips, as
well as provide visitor connections to breweries, Old Town, and CSU.
Fort Collins Bike Share Launch
Friday, April 1
Ribbon Cutting & Group Ride
Noon - 1:00pm
Downtown Transit Center
Bring your bike for a tour of nearby stations after the ceremony.
Celebration with Live Music
Old Town Square
Other Bike News!
April 3-9 is Bike Safety Week
Smart Drive Smart is an initiative developed collaboratively by FC
Bikes, the Bicycle Ambassador Program and Fort Collins Police Services
to increase road user safety through education and enforcement. Ride
Smart Drive Smart aims to reduce the number of unsafe riding and driving
behaviors that are most likely to cause a crash involving a person on a
In addition to ongoing enforcement, Bike Safety Weeks are scheduled
throughout the year to encourage safe bicycling and driving behavior.
During Bike Safety Weeks, officers conduct focused education and
enforcement in areas of town that experience higher numbers of
bicycle-vehicle crashes and potential for user conflict. Officers
contact people on bikes and people in cars as a holistic approach to
advancing safety in our community, while prioritizing violations that
have a greater potential to result in injury. In addition, the FC
Bicycle Ambassador Program provides in-the-field education at key
locations around Fort Collins. Click here for more information. Click here to see more biking events in Fort Collins.
| Call To Action
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.
After seven meetings since December 2014, on February 22, the Loveland Planning Commission unanimously recommended approval of Create Loveland to the City Council. Create Loveland has been rescheduled to be presented to City Council during a study session on Tuesday April 12, 2016.
Between now and final adoption of the comprehensive plan, here’s how you can help:
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.
Health District of Northern Larimer County Election
Health District of Northern Larimer County has been meeting local
healthcare needs since 1960. They provide dental, mental health,
prescription assistance and health promotion services to the residents
of northern Larimer County. They also partner with other local
organizations to assess and plan for the larger health-care needs of our
Health District is a special tax district - like a school, fire or
water district - that was created by voters in 1960 to serve the health
needs of our community. It is local government, operating under special
district laws of the State of Colorado and is primarily supported by
local property tax dollars and governed by a publicly elected,
five-member board.Two board positions are currently up for election which will be held Tuesday, May 3. To find out more information about the election including where to vote and how to request an absentee ballot, go to http://www.healthdistrict.org/2016-election.
The League of Women Voters of Larimer County will moderate a candidate’s forum April 6, 7:00 pm
in the Fort Collins City Council chambers, 300 Laporte Ave. The public
is invited. Members of the audience are requested to arrive by 6:45 in
order to submit written questions for the candidates. The forum will be
replayed on the city’s Cable 14. Check fcgov.com/cable14
for dates and times.
| CanDo and Vida Sana Meeting Schedule
Our next meeting will be Monday, April 18 from 10:30am-12:00pm at Northside Aztlan Community Center (112 Willow St., Fort Collins.)
Built Environment Work Group (BEWG)
Our next meeting will be Tuesday, April 19 from 3:00-4:00pm 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
or Katherine Vega at email@example.com.
| Vida Sana
On Saturday, May 14
, Vida Sana will be hosting a health fair at Poudre Valley Mobile Home Park. If you are interested in hosting a fun activity-based table, contact Edgar Dominguez at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
we are seeking a donation of a commercial/classroom style trailer to
place in Poudre Valley Mobile Home Park. Our partnership with management
has resulted in an invitation to bring in a trailer for family
programming. Anyone with information or ideas on how to locate a trailer for donation can contact Deirdre Sullivan at email@example.com.
Mes Nacional de la Salud de las Minorías/National Minority
En honor al Mes Nacional de la Salud de las Minorías, el Centro para la Práctica de
la Salud Pública de Colorado será el anfitrión de la Cumbre de Salud
de las Minorías: Es hora de actuar! Acelerar la equidad en salud en
Colorado el 29 de Abril en la Universidad del Estado de Colorado. El
evento de día completo orientado a la acción hará hincapié en los temas
de salud de interés para las personas de color, y contará con el orador
principal Dayna Bowen Mateo, JD, Fundación Robert Wood Johnson Health
Policy Fellow y Profesor de Derecho, Universidad de la Escuela de
Derecho de Colorado; paneles temáticos, sesiones de desarrollo de
habilidades, y la creación de redes entre estudiantes y profesionales.
La Cumbre es gratuita, y se le proporcionará el almuerzo. El espacio es
limitado, así que por favor regístrese hoy!
honor of National Minority Health Month, the Center for Public Health
Practice Colorado School of Public Health will host the Minority Health
Summit: Time for Action! Accelerating Health Equity in Colorado on April
29 at Colorado State University. This action-oriented, full-day event
will highlight health issues of concern for people of color and will
feature keynote speaker Dayna Bowen Matthew, JD
, Robert Wood Johnson
Foundation Health Policy Fellow and Professor of Law, University of
Colorado Law School; topical panels, skill-building sessions, and
networking between students and professionals. The Summit is free, and
lunch will be provided. Space is limited, so please register today!
CUANDO/WHEN: 29 de Abril de 2016 - April 29, 2016
HORA/TIME: 8:30am - 4:00pm
DONDE/WHERE: Lory Student Center North Ballroom, 682-954 University Ave., Colorado State University
| School Wellness
Thompson School District
Wellness highlights include:
wellness provided 10 mini-grants to support school-related wellness
efforts including funding for before and after-school programming,
intramurals, behavioral health resources, staff wellness opportunities,
- Lincoln Elementary School received the Healthy School Champion $500 award.
- 55 TSD staff participating in Healthy Wage weight loss program.
- 125 staff participating in Stride with Pride, TSD (a 5k training program.)
- All TSD elementary schools participated in Healthy Kids Club Schools On the Move.
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
For our March meeting, BEWG conducted a walking audit at Lincoln
Middle School with partners from Vida Sana, Partners for Age-Friendly
Communities (PAFC), the City of Fort Collins, Pedal FC, FC Bikes, Bike
FC, and the Boys & Girls Club of Larimer County. Everyone had a
fantastic time working in groups to audit pedestrian and bicycle routes
near LMS (in sunny weather, thank goodness). The students who joined us
from the Boys and Girls Club were an incredible help as they have
first-hand experience with the walkways, roads, and infrastructure
around their school. I was excited to see a thriving community of
advocates do incredible collaborative work focused on
pedestrian/bicyclist health and well-being at this event. On that note, I
would like to send a big thank you to everyone who participated in the
walking audit! BEWG looks forward to working with our new friends in
future walk audits and projects.
We are currently pursuing a joint-project grant with Vida Sana to
conduct health-focused data collection and dissemination at a
neighborhood-scale. The results of the project would benefit the
communities being served by the Vida Sana promotoras and will provide
necessary data for the creation of future projects. This joint-project
grant will be discussed in more detail at our next meeting.
We will have our next meeting at the Institute for the Built Environment at 3:00 pm on Tuesday April 19th in Routt Hall Room 103
. Please feel free to contact Colin Day at Colin.Day@colostate.edu
or Katherine Vega at Katherine.firstname.lastname@example.org
if you have any questions. We hope to see you there!
| Worksite Wellness
Training Event in conjunction with Colorado Culture of Health Conference
The Impact of Worksite Wellness:
Leveraging Employee Needs to Kick-Start Successful Programming
integrating wellness and safety programming can have a dramatic effect
on employee happiness, productivity, and overall quality of life. This
session will train employers on how to convey the importance of wellness
through a convincing business proposition, assess employee needs, and
help establish the first steps towards kick-starting a successful
When: April 26th from 2:00-4:00pm
Where: Colorado Convention Center
To register, please visit www.coloradocultureofhealth.org and click on the registration link.
What is WFA? Read this blog post to find out about it. Work From Anywhere (WFA): Managing Oneself to Maximize Productivity (not to mention lots of other good stuff)
Health LinksTM is a nonprofit initiative based at the Colorado 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 HealthLinksCertified.org to get started.
We invite you to join us for any of our upcoming events - contact Michelle at email@example.com for questions and to get more information.
|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.
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.
City of Fort Collins - FCBikes
Gear up for bicycling year round with classes, special events, and resources for spring riding.
Scavenger Hunt by Bike
Explore your city by bike, March through April
Spring is a perfect time to ride a bike, so grab your bike and roll
around town on this fun, family-friendly, and self-paced adventure.
Bikes on Facebook
for weekly clues, or download clues. Submit your completed adventure by May 2 for a chance to win prizes!
Did you know we also offer classes by request for businesses or organizations? Check out the Bicycle Ambassador Program website for more information.
Sign up for Spring Bicycling Classes like Bicycle Friendly Driver Certification and Everyday Cycling. Registration and information is available through the Recreator or by calling the Recreator registration desk at (970) 221-6256.
Food Bank for Larimer County
With flavorful food, complementing beverages and a passion for
helping the hungry, the area’s top chefs, restaurants, wineries and
breweries gather for THE TASTE, a major fundraising event for the Food
Bank for Larimer County. You won’t find another opportunity to try a
wide variety of fabulous food and delicious drink under one roof!
All guests at THE TASTE enjoy unlimited tastings of delicious food
and fabulous drink and the opportunity to chat with local chefs, wine
experts and brew masters in a fun-filled cocktail party atmosphere.
Guests also have an opportunity to vote for their favorite restaurant to
award the “Toast of THE TASTE.” Live music and a silent auction filled
with fun items and experiences donated by local businesses round out the
April 14, 2015 - 6:00-9:00pm at the Hilton Fort Collins
(5:00pm VIP entrance, 6:00pm General admission)
Women’s Health Symposium: Take Charge of your Health
Friday, April 15 2016
Medical Center of the Rockies
Long’s Peak Room
2500 Rocky Mountain Ave., Loveland
Women’s Clinic of Northern Colorado and UCHealth Community Health
Improvement are excited to announce a Women’s Health Symposium: Take
Charge of your Health, to be held on April 15th at MCR. This symposium
focuses on the proven technique of mindfulness and features Dr. Michelle
May as the keynote speaker. She will primarily address “mindful
eating,” and an outstanding panel of local experts will apply the same
principles of mindfulness to physical exercise, stress reduction, etc.
The symposium includes:Health and Medical Professionals Breakfast Session - 7:00-9:30am
- Mindful Eating: A Sustainable Approach to a Healthy Lifestyle
- Skills to guide your clients/patients to eat mindfully and live vibrantly
Community Members Lunch Session - 10:00am-3:15pm
- Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat: How to Break Your Eat-Repent-Repeat Cycle
- Stop yo-yo dieting and weight cycling
- Learn how to use the Mindful Eating Cycle to guide your eating naturally.
- Interactive small group sessions with local experts
- Experience a “mindful” guided lunch with Dr. May
A $25.00 ticket to either session includes:
Register soon, seating is limited.
- A Mindful Meal
- Copy of Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat: How to Break Your Eat-Repent-Repeat Cycle by Dr. Michelle May
- Question and Answer opportunities
|Local and National HEAL News|
Healthy People 2030
Department of Health and Human Services (HHS
) has already
begun its planning for Healthy People 2030, scheduled for release
in 2020. For those unfamiliar with the process, “The Healthy People
initiative establishes disease prevention and health promotion
objectives for the Nation.” The Office of Disease Prevention and
Health Promotion (ODPHP
) is seeking nominations
members of the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on National Health
Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2030. Deadline -
April 18, 2016
Surgeon General’s all to Action - Walking as a Practice
Sponsored by America Walks Thursday, April 14th, 12:00 pm (MDT)
webinar will take a closer look at the “Walking as a Practice” report
that was released in January. This report outlines four categories that
identify how individuals and organizations are engaging in the practice
Click here for more information and to register.
Looking at Policies Through a Health Lens
Good health doesn’t start just at the doctor’s office. Where we live, learn, work, and play can influence healthy behaviors.
an individual can take steps to change her behavior - for example, to
exercise more - it takes individuals and organizations working together
to reshape the physical environment, such as through policies related to
playgrounds and reliable public transit, to help create healthy,
Click here to see how policies can affect how physically active we are.