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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:

In 2014, we introduced the Loveland Comprehensive Plan Process and how communities need to look at city planning policies such as zoning and land use as important tools to increasing physical activity.

Some back ground articles include:

  • According to ‘Making Healthy Places’ adults who lived in a highly walkable neighborhood engaged in 41 more minutes of physical activity when compared to residents who lived in a neighborhood with low walkability.
  • The Colorado Health Foundation states that a child has a
    20%-60% higher chance of being overweight in neighborhoods with no access to sidewalks, parks or recreation centers.
  • A recent article from the University of Colorado Denver shows that street designs impact health, where residents living in a neighborhood with a gridded street design would expect a 15% reduction in their obesity rates.
We are pleased to announce  
The City of Loveland 2015 Comprehensive Plan Passed!

CanDo Loveland is pleased to announce that the Comprehensive Plan has passed! The Comprehensive Plan, also known as ‘Create Loveland’ has a strong vision that has been crafted by City of Loveland residents and includes language that supports Health, Environment and Mobility.
In partnership with the City of Loveland planning staff, CanDo hosted three coalition meetings focused on the comprehensive plan where CanDo Loveland coalition members provided feedback on the vision, policy, and implementation strategies for Create Loveland. CanDo’s health planner provided technical assistance on policy language, outreach strategies, and best practice for inclusion of health into the Comprehensive Plan. Through these efforts we’re excited that Create Loveland includes:
  • A dedicated section to ‘Health, Environment and Mobility’
  • Strong policies and implementation strategies that support multi-model transportation and transit system
  • Indicators to measure implementation of the plan that include: connectivity, neighborhood walkability, resident affordability, and bike and pedestrian infrastructure
Thank you to CanDo coalition members, planning commission, city council and city of Loveland staff for ensuring that Create Loveland was a success!

To see a copy of the adopted plan, click here.
Call To Action

Citizen Task Force for Walking and Biking

Help Prioritize Loveland Bike and Pedestrian Projects and Policy Goals 
Since May 2016, CanDo has facilitated the Citizen’s Task Force for Walking and Biking (CTF) and has focused coalition meetings on advocacy and education efforts in order to create a safe and accessible bike and pedestrian system. From May through July 2016, over 70 Loveland residents have attended the educational sessions that have focused on a variety of topics, including the City’s budget process, the Downtown Development Authority’s formation and taxing structure , and the Parks and Recreation Department’s master plan and  capital plan.  Additionally, at each educational gathering, CanDo solicited feedback from residents on their own biking and walking experiences and preferences. This insightful and valuable feedback, along with the previous presentations are all available at our website.  
Finally, between now and August 12th we are collecting information on policy priorities and bike and pedestrian improvements. We invite you to participate in this important work by clicking on the link below to take a short survey.


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 7th 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, August 23 from 3:30-4:30pm 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

Loveland Citizen Task Force for Walking and Bikin

The next Loveland CTF meeting will be on Thursday, August 25 from 11:30am-1:00pm at the Loveland Museum and Gallery, 503 N. Lincoln Ave. 
At this meeting, we will be joined by the bicycle and pedestrian education committee (BPEC). BPEC will present on bike friendly driving and riding, and will focus on important safety issues for biking, walking and driving safe in Loveland.

Please RSVP by Monday, August 22 to Kelly Haworth at or 970-495-7513. 
Vida Sana

Our next meeting will be on Monday, August 29 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

Vida Sana will be making formal recommendations to the City of Fort Collins regarding current budget offers that have the most ability to impact health equity.  We encourage others to weigh in on their priorities as well by completing the City’s online budget tool here 
Partnership with Northern Colorado Food Cluster

Vida Sana is excited to launch and bring to life a new partnership with the Northern Colorado Food Cluster to increase SNAP enrollment in Larimer County. Vida Sana promotoras will be working across Fort Collins and Loveland to promote SNAP, assist with SNAP technicians at Larimer County, and encourage people to use SNAP benefits at local farmer’s markets. In addition, the partnership will promote the Double Up program offered through LiveWell Colorado. The program 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.  If you would like to receive assistance or refer someone to Vida Sana promotoras for assistance with SNAP or any other health needs, please call 970-495-1705.
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. For more information, contact Deirdre Sullivan at 970-495-7517.
For streaming video of past Health Equity Learning Series events, click here.

Trailer Donation Needed

We are seeking a donation of a commercial/classroom style trailer to place in Poudre Valley Mobile Home Park. Our partnership with management has resulted in an invitation to bring in a trailer for family programming.
Anyone with information or ideas on how to locate a trailer for donation can contact Eddie Dominguez at or Deirdre Sullivan at 
Built Environment

Built Environment Work Group
Wow, the summer is going by fast and we hope everyone is taking advantage of the beautiful sunshine out on the trails and around town. At our July BEWG meeting, we had special guest Stephanie Kopplin from Nature in the City speak about the program’s current activities and opportunities for collaboration. The Nature in the City program seeks to connect every citizen to nature and enhance wildlife habitat within the city by completing infrastructure connections, creating green installations (like the newly installed living wall at 222 Laporte Ave.), and by influencing development to include nature preserves. BEWG members provided some great suggestions for potential Nature in the City projects around town including creating connection to the Poudre trail for students at Lincoln Middle School. We would like to thank Stephanie for her great work with Nature in the City and we look forward to future collaborations.
A few prospective projects that BEWG has lined up are a Colorado Health Foundation grant to create a community health hub at Salud Family Health Centers on W. Laporte and collaboration on a Kaiser Permanente planning grant that will assess infrastructure connectivity for the Poudre Valley Mobile Home Park community. We have also begun examining and identifying Budgeting for Outcomes requests from various city departments to advocate for offers relevant to Safe Routes to School, active transportation, and health equity. BEWG has great energy and we’re going to finish the summer strong with these various efforts.
Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, August 23 from 3:30 - 4:30 pm at the Institute for the Built Environment located at Routt Hall on the CSU campus. If you have any questions or would like to know how you can become involved with BEWG please feel free to contact Katherine Vega ( or Colin Day (

We look forward to seeing you at our August meeting!
Worksite Wellness
Health LinksTM 

Help Us Bring Wellness to Work!

Each year, Health Links hosts an event to recognize all of the businesses, nonprofits, advisors, vendors, and community partners who are working hard to create a healthy and safe Colorado.

This event will allow attendees to network with each other to share best practices for workplace wellness, connect with local health & wellness providers, and learn about how prioritizing health and wellbeing at work can have a positive impact on individuals, organizations, and their communities. This year, over 300 people will be gathered at The Wildlife Experience in Parker, Colorado to celebrate the culture of health spreading across the state.

We invite businesses, supporters, and partners to join the effort to make Colorado the Healthiest Place to Work.

You’re Invited!
Join us as we celebrate our Certified Healthy Businesses and the Champions of Wellness in Colorado. We are excited to present an all-star line-up including Colorado business executives, health and wellness leaders, and public health professionals. Come network with like-minded businesses from across the state and bring wellness to work today!

Register for the event today!

Date: August 18, 2016
Time: Thursday, 1:00-4:30pm
Location: Liniger Building at CU South, 10035 Peoria St., Parker, CO 80134

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
Sproutin’ Up

Free Produce Market
Wednesday, August 10
Salad Family Health Center

Each year Sproutin’ Up holds an annual free produce market at Salud Family Health Center. Salud provides medical care for those who are uninsured or under-insured and Sproutin’ Up is proud to be a part of their overall healthcare visit. 
Need Produce Donations with your address and I’ll pick it up from your porch.
Thank you for caring for your community.

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.

Partner Events

Gardens on Spring Creek

Garden a’Fare Gardens
August 6 and August 27, 2016

Feast your eyes, ears, nose and tastebuds on The Gardens at the height of its growing season during Garden a’Fare.

Garden a’Fare is a series of two culinary pairing events highlighting edible garden creations by local chefs featuring produce grown in the Garden of Eatin’ paired with Blue Skies wine or Odell beers. Guests are treated to local music, silent auction, and a complimentary event tasting glass - all the while having the opportunity to explore our beautiful botanic gardens.
21+ only event.

Click here for tickets and more information.

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


Food Bank for Larimer County

Front Range Rally
August 29
Join us for a mini Front Range Rally at Loveland’s Farmers Market at Fairgrounds Park. Enjoy great craft beer and delicious food while experiencing all the market has to offer. All proceeds benefit Food Bank for Larimer County.

Click here for more information.

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.

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,