Dear CanDo Coalition Member:
CanDo-Over 10 years of community health promotion and advocacy
the last 10 years, CanDo staff have worked with coalition partners to
convene and facilitate several working groups to focus on the priority
areas identified by the community, including school wellness, worksite
wellness, built environment, food environment, and health equity. Quite a
legacy has been built and there’s more to come, especially in the
Sustainability of Work
work, as with many public health programs, can deliver benefits only if
they are able to sustain programs, policies, and activities over time.
Specific examples of how CanDo’s work has evolved and grown can be seen
in organizations such as Poudre School District and Thompson School
District. CanDo’s commitment and support for school wellness led to
internally funded school and employee wellness teams in both districts
affecting tens of thousands of students and staff.
Importance of our Community Partners
while the CanDo staff often provide the initial support, resources,
health-specific expertise, and coordination of healthy eating and active
living strategies, it is our community partners who do a tremendous
amount of the “on the ground” work to keep the initiatives going
long-term. This includes the time, materials, supplies, grants,
leveraged funds, etc. that CanDo community partners have contributed to
advancing the healthy eating and physical activity goals of CanDo. This
is just one indicator of the strong relationships and support CanDo has
built in our community. It also demonstrates that when there is someone
willing to take the lead, others will be inspired to follow.
Together, we CanDo!
we talked about in our May newsletter, we have engaged many of you in
helping us define future direction and focus and will continue working
together with our community partners to tackle community needs in a
collaborative and sustainable direction. As we navigate a health care
environment that increasingly values population health, there is much
we all CanDo to make long-term difference.
| Call To Action
Attend a Loveland Planning Commission meeting
The Comprehensive Plan will be presented to the Planning Commission on August 10. Please click here to see the most updated information including the schedule and agenda. Public comments will be presented during this meeting.
City of Fort Collins
What is your vision for the future of downtown Fort Collins? Click here to share your ideas through the online survey!
West Elizabeth Enhanced Travel Corridor Plan
Interested in shaping
the future of West Elizabeth Street? Make your voice heard and get
involved early with the West Elizabeth Enhanced Travel Corridor (ETC)
Planning effort, which will focus on enhancing biking, walking and
transit in the area.
Visioning Open House
Wednesday, August 5, 6:00-8:00pm
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
1208 W. Elizabeth St.
Click here for more information.
| CanDo News
We are very happy to announce that Deirdre Sullivan will begin serving as CanDo/Vida Sana Supervisor beginning in August. Deirdre brings over fifteen
years of community health and policy advocacy experience and has deep
roots with both programs. We are excited to have her rejoin the
department and the mission.
Mehaffey Park in Loveland now open!
CanDo attended the
grand opening of Mehaffey Park on August 1. The staff presented
information on the Loveland Comprehensive Plan and discussed how the
public can get involved in the process. Mehaffey Park is loaded with
recreation options for the whole family. For more information and
directions, click here.
| CanDo Coalition and Workgroup Meeting Schedule
Built Environment Work Group
Our next meeting will be August 18 from 3:00-4:30pm in the City of Fort Collins Community Room (215 North Mason.) Please note: This is a Tuesday, instead of our usual Wednesday meeting time.
Click here to see minutes from our June meeting.
Our next coalition meeting will be September 23 from 11:30am-1:00pm at the Loveland Museum Gallery (503 N. Lincoln.)
Our next meeting date is TBD.
Fort Collins Coalition
Our next coalition meeting will be October 29 from 8:30-10:00. Location TBD.
Well Workplace and Healthy Food Environment Networking Sessions
continue to check this monthly newsletter for updates, news and local
happenings around worksite wellness. Additionally, look for the go-live
date announcement for the online Worksite Wellness Resource Guide!
The guide will share CanDo’s most requested tools by local employers,
plus a directory listing of additional regional, state and national
resources providing more specific support.
Download the 2015 CanDo Meeting Calendar here.
| Vida Sana
2015 Health Equity Learning Series
On July 23, 2015, Denise Gonzales, program director at the Con Alma Health Foundation, and Susan Wilger, MPAff, director of programs at the National Center for Frontier Communities,
discussed health equity challenges and opportunities in rural
communities of New Mexico, and how lessons learned from recent work can
be applied to rural Colorado. Both Fort Collins and Loveland hosted
live-streams of the presentation.
Click here for more information on the presentation.
Future series dates:
September 17, 2015 - John A. Powell, Executive Director, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society.
New multi-use, recreation and commuter trail connecting Loveland and Fort Collins soon to be a reality.
The Long View Corridor Trail
will pass through three City of Fort Collins natural areas, one Larimer
County open space and one City of Loveland natural area. The five public
spaces, consisting of protected agricultural lands and wildlife
habitat, will offer future trail users sweeping views of the foothills
4.4-mile Long View Corridor Trail will run along the east side of North
Taft Avenue in Loveland and South Shields Street in Fort Collins,
providing a safe, detached, non-motorized alternative to traveling
between the two cities. No such trail currently exists connecting
Loveland and Fort Collins.
On the north end, the trail will tie into a
sidewalk and underpass leading into the City of Fort Collins’ Cathy
Fromme Prairie Natural Area and existing Fossil Creek Trail. “With Cathy
Fromme Prairie already having a concrete trail system, pedestrian
underpass and trailhead in place, it will be a great destination for
folks using the Long View Corridor Trail,” said Jason Stutzman, City of
Fort Collins Project Manager. On the south end, the trail will tie into
the Loveland Recreation Trail at the City of Loveland’s newly acquired
Sunset Vista Natural Area on the corner of 57th Street and North Taft
Avenue. At Sunset Vista, Loveland plans to build a trailhead, parking
lot and other amenities.
Click here for more information.
Women’s USA Pro Challenge
Stage 2 is set! On August 22, the Women’s USA Pro Challenge comes to Loveland and Fort Collins.
A gentle roll-out
through Loveland will let the women riders settle in before this day of
racing turns extremely competitive. Once west of Loveland things tilt
up and keep climbing for nearly 20 miles as everyone tests their legs
on the climb of Buckhorn Canyon. But if the climbers want to win this
day they will need to hold off a charging field as the stage furiously
descends Rist Canyon and the 18 miles back into Fort Collins. Can the
climbers hold off the sprinters or will Fort Collins be treated to a
mass field sprint by some of the fastest women in the U.S.?
Click here for the latest information.
Walking Audit and Workshop-Partnership for Age Friendly Communities
Tuesday, September 29, 8:30am
503 N. Lincoln
community seniors, citizens, elected oficials and government staff as
we assess downtown Loveland for ease of walking, accessibility, and
Click here for more information.
Healthy Kids Club
The Healthy Kids Run Series (Ages 5-12) is celebrating 17 years
The run series offers kids ages 5-12 the opportunity to
participate in eight, free 1-mile fun runs. Nearly 1,500 kids
participated in the 2014 series. Participants get a punch card and
prizes for running in four or more races.
There are four more races this year:
Aug. 22 - Peach Festival 5K, Hughes Stadium, Fort Collins
Sept. 19 - Be Great 5K, Weld Boys and Girls Club, Greeley
Oct. 10 - Healthy Kids Halloween Hustle, Centerra, Loveland
Oct. 17 - CSU Homecoming Run, CSU Oval, Fort Collins
Click here for more information.
City of Fort Collins - FCBikes
Cycling (formerly Traffic Skills 101) is a course for beginners,
returning and seasoned cyclists alike that will give you the confidence
to ride safely and legally in traffic or on the trail. You will learn
how to conduct bicycle safety checks, the rules of the road as they
relate to cycling, on-bike skills and crash avoidance techniques. We
recommended this class for adults and youth above age 14. Participants
should be prepared to ride their bicycle as there is a riding portion to
this class. A helmet and bicycle in good working condition are
required. A water bottle is recommended.
Saturday September 26, 8:15am-4:30pm
Saturday, November 14, 8:15am-4:30pm
Registration required through the Recreator or by calling the Recreator registration desk at (970) 221-6256.
|Garden and Local Food Resources
Farmers Markets are going strong!
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.
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.
Gardens on Spring Creek
Yoga in the Gardens
Embrace the natural
setting of our botanical gardens in our Yoga in the Gardens summer
series presented by the Gardens on Spring Creek and Miramont Lifestyle
Set in the lawn of the
North Patio, these classes are suitable for all skill levels led by a
Miramont Lifestyle Fitness yoga instructor. Bring your own water and
mat, and get ready to start the day out in a beautiful way.
Yoga Summer Dates
Saturday, Aug. 8, and Sept. 5
8:30-9:30am (Check-in begins at 8:00am)
Walk-ins are welcome. Cost is $10 per session. For more information, please contact the Gardens at 970-416-2486.
Click here for information on all of the special events at the 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.
The Growing Project
the growing season upon us, check out The Growing Project, a local
nonprofit that promotes the value of a strong, diverse, and just local
food system to all residents of Northern Colorado through direct
agricultural experiences, education, and advocacy.
Click here for information on how you can get involved.