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CanDo News
Healthy Eating and Active Living in Fort Collins and Loveland 

In This Issue
Call To Action
CanDo Loveland
Meeting Schedule
Vida Sana
Built Environment
Worksite Wellness
Local Food and Gardens
Partner Events
Local and National HEAL News
Quick Links


Dear CanDo Coalition Member:

Food Bank for Larimer County recently completed a six-month project to analyze their current level of service and determine any gaps to help plan programming strategies over the next 20 years. To further plan for the future, they also examined county population growth projections. Based on their analysis, they project that they will need to provide enough food for 12.2 million meals each year by 2035 (a 65% increase over 2015). To meet demand, they have identified four goals.

Close gaps in service
Add Mobile Distribution and Expand
Plan for population growth
Expand warehousing capacity to source, store and distribute more food
Increase service for seniors
Add Senior Meal Program
Expand Kids Cafe participation
Identify New Partners and Add Kids Cafe
Food Truck

We are grateful for the amazing work our food bank is doing now and into our communities’ future. How can you help now? September is Hunger Action Month.

Take Action to Fight Hunger!

Join the Food Bank of Larimer County along with Feeding America’s nationwide network of food banks to take action to end hunger in our nation. Hunger Action Month is your opportunity to get involved and make a lasting impact. Whether it’s by activating, advocating, donating or volunteering, you can find a way to make a difference this September! Click here for more information
Call To Action

Loveland Citizen Task Force for Walking and Biking (CTF)

The Citizen Task Force for Walking and Biking (CTF) has made significant progress towards their goals of: demonstrating support of Bike and Pedestrian Projects; supporting the DDA in walking and biking efforts; and creating a position focused on the implementation of bike and pedestrian projects. These goals were created in May with the objective of influencing the City of Loveland budget process to ask for specific infrastructure projects as well as a bike and pedestrian coordinator.

Where are we at?

The budget first reading will be in October. Now is the time to continue to demonstrate support for these efforts. In the next couple of weeks, we will be regularly communicating with the CTF on how they can show their support, next steps, and future meetings! If you have not been receiving CTF emails and meeting information, but would like to get involved in the last push, please click the button below to be added to the CTF email list.

We are looking forward to maximum community involvement!


FC Bikes
Annual Bicycle and Pedestrian Counts
Shifts available September 13, 15, & 17 (Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday) 
The City of Fort Collins is conducting annual bicyclist and pedestrian counts throughout the community and is looking for volunteers. Choose from a variety of two-hour shifts (7:00-9:00am, 12:00-2:00pm, 5:00-7:00pm) over the course of three days - sign up for one or more! Check out our map of count locations.
Come join the fun! We greatly appreciate your help in this important event! To sign up, please visit Volunteer Spot or visit  for more information. 
Volunteers will also be eligible to win one of many Downtown Business Association gift cards!

We’re asking all volunteers to join us for a brief but REQUIRED* training session Tuesday, September 6 for orientation and materials. Food and drinks will be provided! 
*If you are unable to attend the required training session, please contact Amy Lewin to make other arrangements or 970-416-2040.

National Bike Challenge

Help Fort Collins lead the way in the National Bike Challenge! Sign up at  and log your miles, whether for recreation or transportation, between now and the end of September. Check to see if your workplace has a team, or simply help Fort Collins take the lead!

Fort Collins is currently in 9th place.

CanDo Loveland

Please note an important change in contact information for CanDo Loveland.

To reach Kelly Haworth, please email Kelly can still be reached by phone at (970) 495-7513.

Katie Guthrie can be reached at Katie can still be reached by phone at (970) 667-2192
CanDo and Vida Sana Meeting Schedule

Built Environment Work Group (BEWG)

Our next meeting will be Tuesday, September 13 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 
or Katherine Vega at
Vida Sana

Our next meeting will be on Monday, September 26 from 10:30am-12:00pm at the Northside Aztlan Community Center, 112 Willow St., Fort Collins.
Vida Sana

Vida Sana

City of Fort Collins Budget Offers

Vida Sana in Fort Collins recently submitted a letter of recommendation to the City of Fort Collins regarding budget offers that the coalition felt have the most opportunity to impact health equity.  They included items like affordable housing funding, human services grant program funding, Transfort service on Sundays, funding for efforts around equity and inclusion and more.  To see what current offers have made it “above the line” and weigh in yourself, please visit

Below is the timeline for speaking up on issues of importance to you:
  • Sept.13th - Council Work Session #1
  • Sept. 20th - Council Meeting - Public Hearing #1
  • Sept. 27th - Council Work Session #2
  • Oct. 4th - Council Meeting - Public Hearing #2
  • Oct. 11th - Council Work Session #3
  • Nov. 1st - Council Meeting - First Reading of the Budget Ordinance
  • Nov. 15th - Council Meeting - Second Reading of the Budget Ordinance

Meet Maria Elena Powers, Vida Sana’s newest Community Promotora
Vida Sana welcomes Maria Elena Powers to their Community Promotora family. Ms. Powers’ background as a physician, along with her tender heart and compassion for others, will make her an incredible addition to our team. Read Ms. Powers’ bio here.


Promotora Referrals

Vida Sana Promotoras are now taking referrals from community partners, healthcare providers, or individuals in need of support and navigation for chronic disease prevention programs and services. Call (970) 495-1705 to leave a message and a Promotora will return the call within 24 hours.


Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP - formerly Food Stamps)

Vida Sana is now enrolling people in SNAP. We know that there are many people in Larimer County who are eligible for SNAP, but no enrolled. If you know someone who might be eligible and would like a personal visit with a Promotora to begin enrollment, call (970) 495-1705 or email

Click here for more details on Food Stamp Impact Results.

Check out the Double Up Program - SNAP Benefits at Locals Farmers Markets!

Health Equity Learning Series in Loveland 

In partnership with the Loveland Public Library, Thompson School District, SummitStone Health Partners and the House of Neighborly Services, Vida Sana will be hosting the Colorado Trust’s Health Equity Learning Series in Loveland in September. This four session series aims to increase knowledge and awareness of health equity through presentations from experts discussing factors that increase disparities and solutions that advance health equity. Vida Sana staff anticipates The Health Equity Learning Series to be a catalyst for discussion and creation of a Vida Sana coalition in Loveland.

Vida Sana will launch the Health Equity Learning Series in Loveland on October 26th at 5:30pm at the Loveland Library. The first speaker will be Deliana Garcia, MA

Dinner will be provided.  More details to come but save the date!

Vida Sana Team 
Built Environment

Built Environment Work Group
During our August meeting, we reviewed our drafted advocacy letter for offers in the 2017-2018 BFO cycle. Based on the Recommended Budget that was recently published, only 3/5 of our recommended offers are likely to be funded. Sunday TransFort Service is just below the threshold and the FC Walks BFO is way off the radar for funding, which is very disappointing. I would like to discuss next steps to help move these offers higher up on the priority list for City Council at our next meeting. The City Manager’s Recommended Budget can be found here: (See p. 64, 308 - 319).
Next, we discussed the Food Bank of Larimer County’s release of data related to Food Share usage and concentrations of their food insecure patrons in Loveland and Fort Collins. We see potential for collaboration with the Food Bank to conduct further analysis of 3-mile buffers around their facilities to measure walkability and also transit connection for patrons located outside of that radius. Katherine will be following up with Liz Donovan and Amy Parsons with the Food Bank to explore these options.
We have established new monthly meeting times for the remainder of the year. Monthly meetings will take place every 3rd Thursday of the month from 3:30 - 4:30 pm. However, we are making an exception to our meeting in September due to previous scheduling conflicts.
Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, September 13th, 2016 from 3:00 - 4:00 pm at the Institute for the Built Environment located at Routt Hall on the CSU campus. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Katherine Vega ( or Colin Day ( We look forward to seeing you at our September meeting!
Worksite Wellness
Health LinksTM 

Check out the Health Links™ Kick-Start Program

The Health Links™ Kick-Start Program gives small organizations vital funding and one-on-one expert advising on designing a sustainable worksite wellness and safety program. Work with us to create a Healthy Business Road Map: an action plan for creating a healthy, safe, and positive place to work. There’s no cost to apply, and advising is free. Click here to learn more about the program and the Northern Colorado Community advisors.

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.    
Local Food and Gardens
Plant It Forward

Planning your garden? The Food Bank and Gardens on Spring Creek will once again be partnering with many local gardeners to
Plant It Forward. Consider growing food for members of our community in need. Click here for more information.   


Local Farmers Markets

Loveland Farmers Market - Tuesdays, 11:00am-3:00pm.
HWY 287 in front of Hobby Lobby (3133 N. Garfield). Click here for more information.

City of Loveland Farmers Market- Sundays, 9:00am-1:30pm. Opens June 26.
700 S. Railroad Avenue - Entire Pavilion #1 and #2
(at the far north end of Fairgrounds Park). Click here for more information.

Larimer County Farmers Market - Saturdays, 8:00am-Noon.

200 South Oak Street in Old Town Fort Collins. Click here for more information.

Fort Collins Farmers Market-Wednesdays and Sundays, 11:00am-3:00pm.
Harmony and Lemay in front of Ace Hardware. Click here for more information.

Drake Road Farmers Market - Saturdays, 10:00am-1:00pm.
802 W. Drake Rd. Click here for more information.

doubleupSupplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP-formerly Food Stamps) participants - take advantage of the Double Up Program!

The Double Up program offered through LiveWell Colorado gives SNAP farmer’s market  visitors extra incentive to bring hope Colorado-grown fruits and vegetables by offering a voucher for up to $20 matched from their original SNAP purchase.

This program is being offered at the Loveland Farmers Market, Larimer County Farmers Market, Fort Collins Farmers Market, and Drake Road Farmers Market. Click here for additional information.

Partner Events

Gardens on Spring Creek 

Nature’s Harvest Fest
Saturday, September 10
9:00am - 2:00pm   

This family friendly and educational event is a one-day celebration of all things nature and harvest in our community.

Celebrate adventures in NoCo’s big backyard with cooking and urban homesteading workshops, two butterfly releases, tastings of fresh produce, a marketplace full of local artisans and food producers, entertainment, kids’ activities and food vendors.       
A $2 per person suggested donation is appreciated

Presented by Poudre Pet and Feed Supply  

Healthy Kids Club

2016 Run Series

Registration is underway for the Healthy Kids and Fit.Teen Run Series’, sponsored by Healthy Kids Club, UCHealth. The 18th annual Healthy Kids Run Series includes 8 free local 1 mile fun runs. Elementary students ages 5-12 are eligible to register for the free series, and will receive a punch card to track their participation. Kids who complete 4 or more runs earn prizes! Teens ages 13-18 are eligible to register for the Fit.Teen Run Series, which includes 8 local 5K’s.  Fit.Teen participants receive a discounted $10 registration fee for each run. Register online for both series’ at


foodbankFood Bank for Larimer County  Food Bank Logo

Take Action to Fight Hunger!

Join us as we band together with Feeding America’s nationwide network of food banks to take action to end hunger in our nation.  Hunger Action Month is your opportunity to get involved and make a lasting impact. Whether it’s by activating, advocating, donating or volunteering, you can find a way to make a difference this September!

Top 9 Ways to Take Action This September
  1. Donate; $1 = $5 worth of food
  2. Tour the Food Bank 
  3. Volunteer at the Food Bank
  4. Invite a Food Bank staff member to speak to your office, church group or civic organization 
  5. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. #fblc
  6. Wear orange on Thursday, September 8 to help raise hunger awareness.
  7. Participate in the Empty Plate Campaign.
  8. Plant It Forward! Drop off your extra garden produce at the Food Bank.
  9. Sign the petition to make a hunger awareness license Plate available in Colorado.


City of Fort Collins


Open Streets
September 18, 10:00am-3:00pm
Linden and Redwood Streets from Willox Ln to Willow or Walnut Streets

Open Streets events promote alternative transportation and invite people to experience public streets in ways other than driving.

Click here for more information.

FC Bikes
Friday Foliage Rides

Friday, September 9, 5:15-6:30pm
Friday, September 23, 5:15-6:30pm
Friday, October 7, 5:15-6:30pm

Join Bicycle Ambassadors for fun rides in select areas of town to enjoy fall foliage, experience new bicycle infrastructure and build community. Each ride will feature a different route and will end at a destination where participants can socialize and enjoy the start to the weekend. Note:Bikes and helmets required. Register online or by calling 970-221-6655.

Bicycle Ambassador Program

Bicycling Classes in Loveland

Everyday Cycling at the Loveland Public Library’s Gertrude Scott Room
Tuesday, September 20 from 6:00-7:30 PM
RSVP online at
Cycling with Children at the Loveland Public Library
Wednesday, September 28th from 1:00-2:30pm.
RSVP online at Class is taught on bike, helmets and working bicycle required, kids who bicycle are welcome to attend with parent/guardian.
Bicycle Friendly Driver at the Chilson Senior Center
Thursday, September 29th from 2:00-3:30pm
Register through the Leisure Times
Local and National HEAL News

LiveWell Colorado

LiveWell Colorado is launching a major public awareness campaign called No More 24 that will educate Coloradans about our state’s health paradox. Colorado’s great quality of life attracts healthy, educated adults yet we struggle to provide that same healthy environment for the children born and raised here.

LiveWell’s collective goal is to ensure that every child in Colorado has the opportunity to grow up healthy. Right now, Colorado ranks a mediocre 24th in the nation for our children’s level of physical activity with nearly 55 percent of kids not getting the recommended amount of physical activity each week. In many cases, Colorado children lack parks and playgrounds in their neighborhoods and physical education in school, so they can’t get the physical activity they need to be healthy. We believe all Colorado children deserve the opportunity to develop healthy behaviors as they grow.

Click here to learn more about No More 24 and how you can help.

In health,