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Dear CanDo Coalition Member:


Have you heard of the expression “worksite wellness?” What is it and why is it a trend we would like to see on the upswing? Worksite wellness is just that, wellness programs and benefits that are available to employees at, or through, their place of work. No longer is health and wellness considered just a personal issue, it has become a personnel issue as well with record numbers of adults suffering from chronic diseases and other lifestyle-related health risks that might be preventable with direct access to education, benefits, and programs designed to support a healthier, more productive workforce.  


Research has proven the many benefits of worksite wellness programs including:

  • Reduced health care costs
  • Enhanced employee productivity
  • Reduced absenteeism and sick leave

Fort Collins’ second largest employer, Poudre School District (PSD), has an  extensive worksite wellness program that includes a health clinic, wellness  classes, and an online wellness portal to centralize all of its wellness offerings. Led by District Wellness Coordinator Ashley Schwader, the program was developed to fully integrate health and wellness into the PSD employment culture. “We are very pleased with the success of our Integrated Health Management System thus far. The employee health clinic opened in September of 2013 and we currently average 20 visits per day to the clinic. We average 300+ employees in the wellness classes and, since we launched the portal in January of 2014, we have over 1300 employees registered,” says Schwader.


For more information on PSD’s impressive wellness program, click here


Want more information about worksite wellness? Look for the Worksite Wellness Resource Guide to go live on the CanDo website this spring. 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.


Call To Action

Partnership for Age-Friendly Communities (PAFC)


Take a survey related to health and active living issues for older adults (60+) 


PAFC is offering a short community survey to better understand the barriers and issues older adults (age 60+) face as related to walking, health and exercise. 


PAFC is a collaboration of community organizations sponsored by the Foundation on Aging for Larimer County and Larimer County Office on Aging.


The purpose of PAFC is to build broad collaboration to create a sustainable environment that supports and promotes age-friendly communities in the areas of affordable housing, access, health and wellness and the culture of aging throughout Larimer County.

The goal of PAFC is to make Larimer County a great place to grow up and to grow old. Click here to read more about their efforts.  


Click here to take the survey.    



Colorado Action for Healthy Kids


Become a Parent Advocate 


Join the Parent Advocate Program and become a champion for school wellness.  Applications are now being accepted from parents in K-12 schools with at least 40% free-reduced meal eligibility. Parents will be given leadership training, one-on-one coaching and support, resources and funding of up to 1,000 dollars to lead the planning and implementation of a sustainable wellness project by the end of the 2015-16 school year.
Click here to view the Parent Advocate Page and see an informational webinar, download a program description and application and see if your school qualifies.  Coaching is available in English or Spanish. The deadline is April 1, 2015.  



University of Colorado Denver


Take the Bicycle Behavior Survey


The University of Colorado Denver is conducting a study about bicyclist behavior. Please take the 10 or 15 minutes required to complete their online survey. This survey asks questions about your travel patterns and experiences as a bicyclist under various situations. The survey is part of a larger study intending to better understand our transportation system and what factors might correlate with different behavior patterns. Findings from the study could help create streets that serve many users comfortably, safely, and efficiently.


CanDo News

You’re Invited to the “Building Healthy Places” Workshop in Loveland 


You’re invited to attend a one-day workshop and public open house where built environment design experts will provide technical assistance to community members and city decision makers to spearhead improvements to Orchards North.  


This workshop is a result of Loveland being chosen for the the Urban Land Institute’s Building Healthy Places Initiative. The Initiative is an opportunity for communities of interest to come together and shape the built environment in ways that improve the health of under-served residents.  


The focus area, called Orchards North, includes the US Highway 287 corridor from 37th Street to 29th Street. While there is a strong mix of goods and services needed to support healthy lifestyles along this corridor, there is not adequate bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure to support safe mobility. In addition, there is an under-served, under-represented population within and adjacent to Orchards North whose access and mobility needs go unnoticed and whose voice is not often heard.


Workshop Details:


Date: April 2, 2015

Location: Orchard Place Clubhouse (197 Elder Drive, Loveland, CO)

Time: 8:00am-6:30pm with Open House from 5:00-7:00pm   


For more information on the Building Healthy Places Initiative, click here


If you have additional questions, contact Kelly Burwell at 


CanDo Coalition and Workgroup Meeting Schedule


Fort Collins Coalition


Our next coalition meeting will be April 30 from 8:30-10am in the Westbridge conference room and will feature a presentation from Sarah Morales, Larimer County Wellness Benefits Coordinator and Jen Strating, Biofeedback Therapist, titled Serenity Now! 21 Days to Less Stress: A creative approach to managing stress at the workplace and at home. We will also have a presentation from Jane Hunt, CHIP Implementation Coordinator, Larimer County Department of Health and Environment on the Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) and how you can get involved.   


Loveland Coalition


Our next coalition meeting will be on May 20 from 11:30am-1:00pm (location TDB).  


Built Environment Work Group


Save the date for our next meeting on April 15 from 3:00-4:30pm in the Community Room (215 N. Mason). 


Vida Sana


Our next meeting will be March 30 from 10:00-11:30am at the Northside Aztlan Community Center (112 E. Willow Street, Fort Collins) 


Well Workplace and Healthy Food Environment Networking Sessions


Please 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 Expands


CanDo and Vida Sana are excited to announce that we have been awarded a grant from the Colorado Trust to host a series of four live-streamed trainings on Health Equity. This will be the first year that we will host the learning series in both Fort Collins and Loveland.  


Keep your calendar open for future dates which include:

  • July 23, 2015 - Dolores E. Roybal, PhD, MSW, Executive Director, Con Alma Health Foundation and Yvonne Sandoval, MSW, Executive Director, El Valle Women’s Collaborative
  • September 17, 2015 - John A. Powell, Executive Director, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society

The February 5 live-streamed presentation, Health Equity and Community Engagement, was well-attended in both Fort Collins and Loveland.  

Watch the video here.  


Partner News

City of Fort Collins - FC Bikes

Free Traffic Skills 101

Traffic Skills 101 (TS101) 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, fix a flat, on-bike skills, and crash avoidance techniques. We recommended this 7.5-hour class for adults and children above age 14.  


Participants should be prepared to ride their bicycle as there is a riding portion of this class. A helmet and bicycle in good working condition are required. Attendance is limited to 18 participants and registration is required. 


Upcoming classes: Saturdays, March 28, July 18, September 26 and November 7.  


Registration closes 10 days prior so don’t delay! Click here to register. 


City of Fort Collins-West Central Area Plan

City Council Adoption Hearing - March 17

Updated vision and priorities for the West Central Area of the city, focusing on neighborhood character, transportation needs, the natural environment, and a new design for Prospect Road (from Shields to College).


After the public review period for the Draft West Central Area Plan, the plan will be revised prior to being presented to City Council. City Council will consider adoption of the plan on Tuesday, March 17. The meeting will start at 6:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall West, 300 Laporte Ave. More information will be available prior to the meeting here.


Partner Events

Colorado Action for Healthy Kids

Parent Workshop on School Wellness-Presented in Spanish
La asociación para el bienestar escolar: Lo que los padres deben saber 
Partnering for School Wellness: What Parents Need to Know
  • Aprenda como trabajar en colaboración para mejorar las pólizas y prácticas relacionadas con la alimentación saludable y la actividad física en las escuelas.
    Learn how to work collaboratively to improve school policy and practices related to healthy eating and physical activity.
  • Aprenda acerca de las regulaciones y los recursos estatales y nacionales para apoyar sus esfuerzos.
    Learn about state and national regulations and resources to support your efforts.
  • Aprenda como convertir un proyecto de bienestar escolar en un esfuerzo comunitario que tiene un impacto duradero en los niños y las familias.
    Learn how to turn a school wellness project into a community effort that has a lasting impact on kids and families.
  • Saldrán armados con ideas para proyectos y recursos para comenzar!
    Come away armed with project ideas and resources to get started!
Loveland, Colorado

Sábado, 28 de marzo del 2015, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Registracion, desayuno y registro del cuidado de niños a la 8:30
Saturday, March 28, 2015, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Registration, Breakfast & Childcare Check-in at 8:30 am

Para: Padres de alumnos del distrito escolar Thompson (preescolar hasta preparatoria) 
Los padres de tal distrito tienen prioridad, sin embargo los padres de otros distritos son bienvenidos si el espacio lo permite! 

For: Parents of students in Thompson Schools (preschool through high school)
Thompson parents have priority, however parents in other districts are welcome if space permits!   


Costo para los talleres: GRATIS para todos los padres interesados
Workshop Cost: FREE to all interested parents   


Registración requerida. Click here to learn more and register.


The Power of Food for Cancer Prevention and Survival  


Food for Life/Cancer Project Classes 


Studies have shown that a diet built from plant foods offers the most cancer-fighting protection of any. This 4-class series includes discussion on maintaining a healthy weight and a variety of cancer related topics demonstrating how to prepare simple and healthy meals easily recreated at home. Topics: Introduction to How Foods Fight Cancer, Fueling up on Low-Fat, High-Fiber Foods, Discovering Dairy and Meat Alternatives, Cancer-fighting Compounds and Healthy Weight Control.

  • Age: 18 years & up
  • Location: Senior Center
  • Instructor: Sapna Von Reich - Food For Life Instructor
  • Note: Register with Senior Center at 970-221-6644


3/24-4/14 - Tuesdays, 6:00-8:00pm - $90 (for the series)
Activity # 207431-01 




Northern Colorado Food Cluster

Fort Collins Winter Farmers Market 


The Winter Markets’ proudly accepts Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).


Get EXTRA money for shopping at the Farmers’ Market with your SNAP benefits.


The Northern Colorado Food Cluster is providing a matching program for SNAP beneficiaries with a one-to-one match to purchase healthy, locally grown fruits and vegetables

up to $30 dollars matching.


Come by the Market Buck table to use our Electronic Benefit Terminal (EBT) machine.



When: 10:00am-2:00 pm

Where: Downtown Fort Collins at the Opera Galleria, 123 N. College Ave.  


Dates:  Mar 7 & 28; Apr 11


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.



Gardens on Spring Creek Gardens

Spring Break Camps

The Gardens offers several options for Spring Break fun! Join us for exploration and investigation of gardening and the natural world. Innovative “hands-on” learning experiences provide a love of gardening, an appreciation for the environment while cultivating the mind. Pre-registration required.

Click here for more information.  




Food Bank for Larimer County 


Join us at THE TASTE, the foodie event of Northern Colorado. Enjoy samples of unique cuisine prepared by local chefs from 30 restaurants paired with flavorful wines and craft beers from 20 beverage purveyors. Celebrate the area’s fabulous food and beverage culture while helping fight hunger in our community.


Last year, the Food Bank for Larimer County…

  • Served nearly 36,000 individuals, including seniors, young families, children, veterans, students and others in need of food assistance.
  • Provided enough food for 7,431,680 meals
  • Prepared 172,590 meals and 188,105 snacks for kids at risk of hunger

April 16, 2015 -5:00-9:00 PM at the Hilton Fort Collins  
(5:00pm VIP entrance, 6:00pm General admission)

For ticket information, click here.

In health,