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CanDo News
                Healthy Eating and Active Living in Northern Colorado
In This Issue
Call To Action
Volunteer Opportunities
Fort Collins Coalition
Loveland Coalition
Built Environment Work Group
Well Workplace and Healthy Food Environment Networking Sessions
Vida Sana
CanDo News
Partner Events
Partner News
Upcoming Meetings
Quick Links


Dear CanDo Coalition Member:


Are you enjoying the bounty of fresh Colorado fruits and vegetables? Have you thought about preserving some for enjoyment in the winter and beyond? The majority of recipes for home preserved food products are developed at sea level and can present not only food quality challenges, but also food safety challenges for cooks living above 3,500 feet. Click here to see food preservation resources developed for cooks living at higher altitudes!


For CanDo meeting information, see the  2014 CanDo Meeting Calendar.  


Call To Action

Smoke Free Larimer County  


Comprehensive Smoke-Free Law 

  • Supported by residents. Good for health and the environment.
  • Have you noticed less smoke at outdoor patios and/or bus stops (since the smoking ordinance expanded)?
  • Would you like to see less tobacco litter at playgrounds and parks?
  • Does a smoke-free festival or event sound appealing?  
  • Does a smoke-free old town make you more excited about going downtown?

To let City Leaders know your views:

City Council Work Session on expanding smoking ordinanance (to city parks, trails, events, and old town)- NOVEMBER 25, 2014



NoCo Food Cluster


Envision a unique downtown destination bursting with a high quality selection of locally produced, artisan and ethnic products, freshly-made prepared foods, independent merchants, music and community events– open year round. Now imagine that dream becoming a reality. 


Click here to learn more about the importance of lending your voice to the creation of a Downtown Community Marketplace right here in Fort Collins.

Volunteer Opportunities
United Way of Larimer County

Make a Difference Day
October 25, 2014

Sign up for one of dozens of projects on Make a Difference Day. Get out, get some exercise, and help our Larimer County community.

Click here for a list of volunteer opportunities!


Fort Collins Coalition

Save the Date for our next Fort Collins Coalition meeting on Thursday, October 30 from 8:30-10:00am at the Westbridge first floor conference room (1107 S. Lemay Ave.-Across from Poudre Valley Hospital).

The focus of the meeting will be Health Equity in Fort Collins with a presentation by Vida Sana as well as Ana Arias and Amanda Nagl from the City of Fort Collins who will speak about the City’s Public Engagement Guide, outreach, Adopt a Neighbor, and other programs that support underserved neighborhoods.


Loveland Coalition

Join us for our Loveland coalition meeting on Wednesday, November 19 from 11:30am-1:00pm at the Loveland Museum & Gallery (503 N. Lincoln).  





Some of you have registered on the imap♥land website, but have NOT YET created a map.  


Please take a moment to login and complete your map. Your voice is very important and this is a fun, easy way to get involved.  

If you’ve already created your map, remember that you can go back anytime and add to it (a new feature even lets you add photos!) 


**Create a NEW map or UPDATE your existing map between now and October 31, 2014 and you will be entered into a drawing for a $50 gift card to JAX!  


Click here to access imap♥land.


The login process is quick and works best when using Firefox or Chrome as your browser.   



City of Loveland 


On the afternoons of October 8th and 9th, City staff from Planning and other departments, together with consultant team members from Logan Simpson Design, will be refining potential scenarios and opportunities for Loveland as it grows.  This 2-day effort will also include developing tools to measure future progress.  


On October 9th, community members are invited to an open house to hear about those growth scenarios and give their feedback.


Create Loveland Open House  

October 9, 5:00-7:00pm (come whenever you can) 

Rialto Theater Center (228 E. 4th St. upstairs Devereaux Room)


If you have any questions, please contact Karl Barton at 970-962-2721 or  


Click here for more information about Create Loveland.


Built Environment Work Group


Save the Date for our next meeting on Friday, November 7
10:00 - 11:30 am at the City of Fort Collins Community Room (215 N. Mason).    


Well Workplace and Healthy Food Environment Networking Sessions


The next combined Well Workplace and Healthy Food Environment Networking Session will be on Tuesday, November 18 from 11:30am to 1:00pm at the City of Fort Collins Community Room (215 North Mason). A light lunch will be served.  


Please RSVP to Bobbie Kay - .  


This is a networking session geared towards inspiring, creating and advancing projects that promote well workplaces and healthy food environments for all Fort Collins residents. Please join us!


Vida Sana

Health Equity Learning Series 

University of Colorado Health invites you to partake in this exciting event held by Vida Sana, in partnership with The Colorado Trust, which will help increase knowledge and awareness about health equity. The remaining presentation, in the four part series, will take place:

November 13, 2014 from 11:30am-1:00pm at the Westbridge Office Building, first floor conference room (1107 S. Lemay Ave.-Across from Poudre Valley Hospital).


The presenter will be Dolores Roybal, Executive Director, Con Alma Health Foundation


RSVP: Please contact Edgar Dominguez,, 970-495-7519 with questions or to RSVP. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP two weeks prior to each event as space is limited.


CanDo News

Highlights from Public Health in the Rockies Conference   

Members of the CanDo team recently attended the Public Health in the Rockies conference held in Fort Collins. The 2014 Public Health in the Rockies conference focused on “Reaching our Goal of Health Equity for All.”  


The 2014 conference featured Keynote Speaker Camara Phyllis Jones, MD, MPH, PhD. Dr. Jones is a family physician and epidemiologist whose work focuses on the impacts of racism on the health and well-being of the nation. She seeks to broaden the national health debate to include not only universal access to high quality health care, but also attention to the social determinants of health (including poverty) and the social determinants of equity (including racism). Click here to watch a video of Dr. Jones’ Keynote Address.


Partner Events


Safe Routes To School


International Walk and Bike To School 

Wednesday, October 8 


Click here for more information



Healthy Kids Club


Halloween Hustle-Saturday, October 11




The 15th Annual Halloween Hustle at Centerra is brought to you by Healthy Kids Club, a community health program sponsored by University of Colorado Health to promote health and physical activity among elementary age children.

Serving northern Colorado since 1998, Healthy Kids Club offers programs that include The Healthy Kids Run Series, among other activities and healthy education programs. The run series offers kids ages 5-12 the opportunity to participate in nine free 1-mile fun runs.

Registration is now open for the Halloween Hustle on October 11! For more information, please visit University of Colorado Health’s Healthy Kids Club website. 





Transportation Board Safety Panel


Community Panel Discussion on Bicycle Safety 

Wednesday, October 15, 6:00-8:00pm

215 N. Mason Community Room


Interested in hearing about the future of bicycle safety in Fort Collins? During its regularly scheduled Transportation Board meeting, the City will host a community panel discussion featuring local experts from City departments, the Bicycle Advisory Committee, and the Poudre Valley Hospital. The panel discussion will focus on the 2014 Bicycle Master Plan and communitywide efforts to create a safer environment for all transportation system users.  The evening will include engaging presentations and an opportunity for questions and answers.



Open Streets

Open House

Thursday, October 23, 5:00-7:00pm

215 N. Mason Community Room


Want to learn more about the Open Streets Initiative in Fort Collins?  Want to help shape the future of the event?  Join us for an Open House to learn about the background, goals and plans for the event.


Click here for more information about Open Streets or updates on the 2015 schedule.



Food Bank of Larimer County and CSU


Cans Around the Oval

October 22, 10:00am-4:00pm 


Cans Around the Oval is a Colorado State University tradition, where students, faculty, and staff partner with community members, local media, and area businesses to raise awareness about the facts surrounding the issue of hunger, as well as raise food and monetary donations. This event is Larimer County’s largest single-day food drive. Watch this video for an in depth perspective of the amazing impact of Cans Around the Oval.


You can register your group to participate any time between early September and 10/22. We need your help in reaching our goal this year for the Food Bank for Larimer County!  



Click here for more information.



Larimer County


October Guided Hikes and Programs on Larimer County Open Spaces

  • Wednesdays, October 1 and 15 “Nature Notes Club Meeting”
  • Saturday, October 4 at 12:00 pm “Picnic on the Poudre”
  • Monday, October 6 at 10:00 am “Tiny Trekkers”
  • Saturday, October 11, 8:30 am - 2:30 pm “Foothills Day Hike”
  • Saturday, October 18 at 9:30 am “Geology Underfoot at the Devil’s Backbone”

Click here for more information.



Ride Sally Rides


Thursdays at 5:30pm, May - October


Ride, Sally Rides (RSR) are a weekly opportunity for women to get together and spend time in the saddle. We are not a new bike club. We are riders, racers, students, moms, locals, visitors, and friends who want to pedal together on Thursday evenings. This is simply a weekly excuse to branch out of our social networks to experience new rides and new people in and around Fort Collins. Rides are determined by each week’s volunteer leader, and range in difficulty and style - from social rides to fitness rides; road, trail, or dirt. We’ll use the community BAP calendar to post ride leaders and details at least a week in advance. Let’s get that calendar filled up! Time to show off your favorite ride!


To lead a ride or to join the weekly ride notification list, contact



Plant It Forward


New this year, Plant It Forward has recruited neighborhood champions who have offered their home or office as a convenient fresh produce drop off point. Each champion will ensure the produce is delivered to Food Bank to help our neighbors in need. To find a drop off point in your neighborhood, click here.  


Remember to look for the Plant It Forward sign in the yard and collection bin! No donation is too small! The Food Bank for Larimer County gladly accepts all produce donations.

Learn more about the Plant It Forward program!   



The Growing Project


The Growing Project’s Food Finder team has the goal of rescuing 15,000 lbs. of unwanted/excess produce from local growers and donating it to nonprofits that feed the hungry.

In conjunction with this goal, we are asking the community to take part in helping us raise $15,000 to support our organizing. You can do this by making a pledge for produce.  


Pledge a penny, nickel, dime, or dollar per pound of produce we rescue up to the amount of your choice.  Your support helps immensely!  To make a pledge visit or email




Girl Scout Troop 1748  

Healthy Mind + Healthy Body = Fantastic Me  


Come out to learn about fitness, food and fun to stay strong for life.

During the event you’ll learn about the importance of nutrition in your life to keep a healthy mind and a healthy body. 



  • Get to know your body and know how your body works
  • Meet health experts
  • Learn which foods help you or hurt you when it comes to sleep, stress and skin
  • How diet affects your stress levels and ways to relieve some of that stress, and more.

When: October 12 from 11:30am-3:30pm

Where: The Ranch Events Complex 



CanDo Partner News

City of Fort Collins West Central Area Plan


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).


Click here to see information from the latest community meetings.


Poudre School District and Thompson School District

PSD and TSD recently updated their wellness policies. Please click on the links below to read the policies and help advocate for implementation of these policies and practices at the school level! 

PSD wellness policy and PSD wellness policy regulations
TSD wellness policy and TSD wellness policy regulations

 Upcoming Meetings 

Fort Collins Coalition - Thursday, October 30

8:30 - 10:00am in the Westbridge Office Building 1st floor conference room (1107 S. Lemay Ave.-Across from Poudre Valley Hospital).

BEWG (Built Environment Work Group) - Friday, November 7 

10:00 - 11:30am at the City of Fort Collins Community Room (215 North Mason). 


Well Workplace Meeting -  Tuesday, November 18

11:30am to 1:00pm at the City of Fort Collins Community Room (215 North Mason).  


Loveland Coalition - Wednesday, November 19

11:30am-1:00pm at the Loveland Museum Gallery (503 N. Lincoln).


In health,

Click here to read September Updates