News & Events

CanDo News
Healthy Eating and Active Living in Fort Collins and Loveland 
In This Issue
Call To Action
CanDo News
CanDo Coalition and Workgroup Meeting Schedule
Vida Sana
Partner News
Partner Events
Garden Resources
Volunteer Opportunities
Quick Links


Dear CanDo Coalition Member:


Welcome to the May edition of CanDo News. The month of May provides an opportunity to appreciate the changing seasons, and the time of year when nature renews itself and blooms.


Like nature, CanDo is in a phase of renewal and energizing growth. Fort Collins projects are in full bloom. Loveland projects are blossoming. A new logo has been designed. An opinion leader survey, related to built environment planning, is in the works. Vida Sana, coordinated by Edgar Dominguez, is planning its expanded reach into Loveland. And, the CanDo website is being revised. All this momentum toward healthy eating and active living (HEAL) has continued, despite a transition in workforce.


I want to let you know how much I appreciate the Coalition’s decade-long commitment to fostering health and wellness as it makes our community a better place to live, work, learn, play and raise a family. The spirit of collaboration and passion of our members and workforce is inspiring, and University of Colorado Health (UCHealth) remains committed to accelerating best practices that promote HEAL. I also want to recognize LiveWell Colorado for their guidance and support over the years. This partnership continues to be an invaluable resource for our communities.


With Kim Barman returning to her home state of Illinois, interim oversight and guidance of CanDo will be shared by myself and Annette Alfano, a UCHealth community benefit program advisor. Stacey Clark accepted an opportunity at Colorado State University, but Kim Sharpe, former coordinator of the Healthier Communities Coalition of Larimer County (HCC), is in a position to absorb the balance of Fort Collins-focused work. Kim is known for a long and successful history leading the HCC and has been part of our Community Health Improvement team for many years. Therefore, in partnership with the community and coalition, we will continue to define a sustainability plan for current Fort Collins built environment projects and ensure CanDo’s work lives on.  


In the Loveland community, CanDo’s Obesity Prevention Coordinator, Kelly Burwell, continues to guide the tremendous momentum to infuse HEAL strategies into the community. CanDo’s health planner, Katie Guthrie, continues to provide technical assistance to the City of Loveland to craft strong policies in the revised comprehensive plan around health and the built environment. Please join the Loveland CanDo team at their next coalition meeting on May 20 which will be hosted at the AIMS Community College Loveland campus. 


When seasons change, opportunities arise to re-examine our existing strengths and take stock of new directions. For CanDo, we have engaged many of you in helping us define future direction and focus. As we navigate a health care environment that increasingly values population health, we look forward to our continued work together to bridge our sectors, align our goals and activities, and learn from each others experience and expertise.


UCHealth continues to embody this spirit of collaboration as we have encouraged meaningful dialogue during this time of transition. We value our members’ input and want to work closely with you to develop an organization that best serves identified needs. We look forward to connecting more directly with CanDo members and partners to discuss the future goals. In fact, we hope that you will join us later this summer or early autumn for a CanDo gathering after the opinion leader survey results are compiled and analyzed. Watch for the event announcement in coming weeks.


From healthcare to health - it’s our vision; we improve lives - it’s our mission; Together we CanDo!


In good health,


Colette Thompson, Director Community Health Improvement


Call To Action

City of Loveland 

Weigh in on a number of issues in and around Loveland

Let the Council members know your thoughts by visiting Open City Hall. Open City Hall is an online forum for civic engagement. Read what others are saying about important Loveland topics, then post your own statement. City officials will read the statements and incorporate them into their decision process.


As with any public comment process, participation in Open City Hall is voluntary; city officials will consider input from this forum along with all other channels for participation. However you choose to participate, thanks for helping us build a better Loveland.

CanDo News


CanDo and Community Health Improvement


Over the last ten years, CanDo has been a fixture in the fight against obesity in Fort Collins and Loveland. From school wellness to the food environment, to the built environment and health equity, CanDo is well known as the obesity prevention experts. The complex problem of obesity has certainly not gone away. In fact, we know it now as an epidemic, not just in our cities, state, and country, but all around the world. CanDo is committed to fighting this epidemic.


Through many team and partner discussions this past year, we came to understand that the name, CanDo, was an important and known entity, but the tagline Coalition for Activity and Nutrition to Defeat Obesity didn’t fully encompass the scope of our work.


As part of the larger Community Health Improvement department within University of Colorado Health’s northern region, CanDo’s contribution is one of many synergistic efforts focused on a larger commitment to optimize the health of our communities. The logo, along with all UCHealth logos for programs and facilities, will now fit under the UCHealth brand standards. As a system, our brand initiative is to communicate that we are UCHealth - one entity.


The new brand will look like this:




For a look at the variety of programs in Community Health Improvement, click here to see the 2013/2014 Report of Programs. The 2015 report will be available this summer.



Building Healthier Places-Loveland  


Experts from Colorado’s chapter of the Urban Land  Institute (ULI), a land-use research and policy group came to Loveland on April 2 for a thorough study of ways to better connect residents along U.S. Highway 287 in north Loveland to goods and services offered in their neighborhoods.

Click here to read the article in the Loveland Reporter Herald and contact Katie Guthrie at if you have additional questions. 


Outcomes of the study and workshop will be posted in the June newsletter.




CanDo Coalition and Workgroup Meeting Schedule


lovelandmeetingLoveland Coalition


Our next coalition meeting will be on May 20 from 11:30am-1:00pm  at
AIMS Community College, Loveland Campus
(104 E 4th St, Loveland, CO 80537, Room 109.) We will be gathering feedback for a pilot project to focus on, as a result of the ULI workshop.   


Built Environment Work Group


Save the date for our next meeting on May 20 from 3:00-4:30pm in the Community Room (215 N. Mason.)


Vida Sana


Our next meeting will be May 25 from 10:00-11:30am at the Northside Aztlan Community Center (112 E. Willow Street, Fort Collins.)


Fort Collins Coalition


Our next coalition meeting will be July 30 from 8:30-10am in the Caribou conference room (2002 Caribou Dr. Suite 100.)



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

2015 Healthy School Champions


More than 40 Colorado schools were awarded as 2015 Healthy School Champions by the Colorado Education Initiative, including five schools from the Thompson School District and the Poudre School District. We congratulate these schools’ efforts to create successful health and wellness programs that support student learning.


Thompson School District

  • Lincoln Elementary School
  • Ponderosa Elementary School
  • Van Buren Elementary School

Poudre School District

  • Beattie Elementary School
  • Rocky Mountain High School


City of Loveland - Recreation Trail Status

The NEW 2015 Recreation Trail and Bikeways Maps are here! Pick one up at Chilson, Boyd Lake State Park, Loveland Visitor’s Center, local bike shops, and Parks & Rec Admin. Office. Or, click here to get one online.

Reminder: There may be some dates and times for which the recreational trail will have very heavy use or experience temporary closures.  During inclement weather or flooding conditions, there may also be closures or delays in clearing the recreational trail for use.  When there are major impacts to the recreation trail, information will be posted here.

City of Fort Collins-Trail Status


Click here to check out the status of the Fort Collins trail network before heading out on your ride.


When you come upon barricades, please obey the detours. This can be an inconvenience but they are in place for your safety. Always be aware of the possibility of high water along the river and use caution when traveling along the trail at underpasses.


Reminder: The Poudre River and Spring Creek can flood the trails during a heavy rain. Please be aware of low areas and underpasses on the trails during a rain event. The Parks staff watches for any flooding and will post warnings and detours in areas of concern as soon as is possible, but individuals need to be aware and prepared to use alternate routes in case of flooding. Please obey the detours as they are in place for your safety.


Partner Events

City of Fort Collins


Open Streets


Sunday, June 7 from 10:00am-3:00pm
on W. Elizabeth St.



Open Streets events invite people to experience public streets in ways other than driving.   By temporarily closing streets to motorized traffic, Open Streets provides a safe and comfortable space for people to walk, bicycle, jog, rollerblade and play!

2015 marks the second year for these events in Fort Collins with one planned in June and another in September. For more information on the events, please visit here.


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.


Thursday, May 14 from 5:30pm to 8:30pm & Saturday, May 16 from 9:30am to 2:00pm at 281 N. College Ave.


Click here to register.   



Food Bank of Larimer County


Front Range Rally

May 30, 2:30-7:00pm 

Loveland Food Share

2600 N Lincoln Ave.

Loveland, Colorado



The Front Range Rally, is a craft beer and food truck festival. Festival goers enjoy samples of over 100 craft beers and amazing food ranging from BBQ to lobster rolls as well as live music in the great Colorado outdoors.  


Click here for more information.

Garden Resources

Garden In A Box  


Discount for Loveland Water and Power Customers!


Garden In A Box offers a simple approach to learn about and plant a water-wise garden. Regardless of expertise, you can save water and beautify your landscape by purchasing a professionally designed, perennial garden that uses Xeric (low water) plants and includes a  comprehensive Plant and Care guide. When Xeric gardens replace existing turf, the water savings are significant.


Gardens are offered in partnership with local water utilities in support of the city’s commitment to water conservation. Loveland Water and Power customers are eligible for a $25 discount while supplies last. 


Click here for more information and how to get your garden!


Gardens on Spring Creek   



Gardens Galore! 

From the Garden of Eatin’ to the various community gardens to awesome display gardens, the Gardens on Spring Creek have a garden of interest for everyone.

Click here for more information.

Spring Plant Sale - May 9-10

The Gardens will have just what you need to grow a beautiful landscape, bountiful veggie garden, and lively containers this spring!


Our staff horticulturists and students from CSU and Front Range Community College have been planning since January to get thousands of annuals, herbs, perennials, and veggie starts ready for you to purchase May 9-10 at The Gardens.


Proceeds of the sale support horticulture programs at CSU, FRCC, and The Gardens.

Click here for more information.  




 CSU Cooperative Extension


The experts are right here in Larimer County. Click here for tons of gardening information including plant selection for our Colorado climate, online publications, and information on how to become a master gardener.




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.  

Volunteer Opportunities

The Growing Project


Like gardening?  


With 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.

In health,