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CanDo News
                Healthy Eating and Active Living in Northern Colorado
In This Issue
Call To Action
CanDo Workforce Developments
CanDo News
CanDo Coalition and Workgroup Meeting Schedule
Vida Sana
Partner News
Partner Events
Volunteer Opportunities
Quick Links


Dear CanDo Coalition Member:


By now, many of us have heard that physical activity is good for our health and is a protective factor for many diseases such as cardiovascular disease, depression and diabetes. But, one thing that we don’t often talk about in chronic disease prevention efforts is how our city environment (also called our built environment) impacts our ability to engage in physical activity. A growing body of evidence demonstrates a strong relationship between our health and the environments in which we live. Some statements 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.

In an effort to reduce obesity and chronic diseases, communities need to look at city planning policies such as zoning and land use as important tools to increasing physical activity.


This month we’re asking that CanDo coalition members help move the needle on obesity and chronic disease prevention by participating in the City of Loveland’s “Community Choices” events. The City of Loveland is in the process of updating their comprehensive plan which will guide growth and development over the next ten years. This plan will directly influence future land use decisions and will play an important role at creating future opportunities for physical activity. As someone who works, lives, or plays in Loveland we hope that you attend an open house and voice your opinion on what your community choices are. For dates and times of open houses please click here



Call To Action

 Join Thompson School District in the…

 JAM (Just-A-Minute) World Record  

  • There is a national competition and the state that rallies the most people to sign up and commit to taking a quick fitness break on February 12 wins this year’s JAM title. 
  • It’s easy, it’s fun, it costs nothing, and you can do it from wherever you are. And, rally everyone around you to join you on the 12th.
  • It’s heart month. Our schools and kids are leading this annual global event and you can help them by participating. It’s good for our hearts and even better to be a positive role mode  
Help our state win. Sign up to count in our state’s and the world record then take a quick fitness break on 2/12:

Click here to learn more about JAM


CanDo Workforce Developments


The start of 2015 brings several new developments to the CanDo team. In mid-March, Kim Barman will be leaving her position as CanDo supervisor. Kim was recruited by a former employer and will be moving back to the Midwest. A search has begun for a seasoned supervisor that can continue the momentum that CanDo has established. We will continue our integrated, coordinated approach to prevent and mitigate chronic diseases, including obesity.


In February, CanDo dietitian Bobbie Kay transitions to the Chronic Disease Self-Management (CDSM) program within Community Health Improvement at UC Health. Seeing as how CanDo is also part of Community Health Improvement, we look forward to continued collaboration with Bobbie, but will certainly miss her full-time support with our program. We are most grateful for her 2-1/2 years of hard work on our food environment and worksite wellness strategies. Bobbie is a dedicated, passionate professional who will be an asset to the clients of the CDSM program. We wish her much success!


CanDo News

Read about Vida Sana’s bicycle education program in the Coloradoan. Click here to see the article.


CanDo is featured in Compass, the newsletter of the Health District of Northern Larimer County. Click here to see the newsletter.

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 and Jen Strating titled Serenity Now! 21 Days to Less Stress: A creative approach to managing stress at the workplace and at home.


Loveland Coalition


Our next coalition meeting will be on February 25 from 11:30am-1:00pm at the Loveland Museum Gallery (503 N. Lincoln). The meeting will be focused on gathering feedback from coalition members on ‘community choices’, or policies, that have been developed as part of the Loveland comprehensive plan. Lunch will be provided.


Built Environment Work Group


Save the date for our next meeting on February 25 from 3:00-4:30pm in the Community Room (215 N. Mason). 


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.


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:

  • May 14, 2015- TBD
  • 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
Partner News

The Wellness Advisory Council for Schools (WACS) is seeking to fill open 
membership slots for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 school years. 

WACS supports, advises and enhances the Poudre School District’s Wellness Vision by creating an environment where student wellness and nutrition is encouraged through adherence to the PSD Wellness Policy and District Learning Goal 5.  The work of WACS is intended to lead to greater support of the stated Wellness goals of the Poudre School District. The committee is comprised of community stakeholders, as well as district staff. The committee is led by the district’s Wellness Coordinator.

In February 2015, WACS is seeking members of the PSD community, parents as well as licensed staff to fill the following positions on the committee:

-          Community member at-large (2)

-          Elementary school parent

-          Middle school parent

-          High school parent

-          Elementary school-based licensed staff member

-          Secondary school-based licensed staff member


If you are interested in serving as a member of WACS, please complete the attached application form and return by email it to by Friday, February 13, 2015 at 4:30pm.   


CDOT buses from NoCo to Denver to start rolling in April, 2015

Public-transit planners from Fort Collins and Loveland are working with the Colorado Department of Transportation to coordinate connections between their city bus systems and the regional bus line CDOT plans to launch in April.


All they know for certain so far is that the line will connect two stops in Northern Colorado with Union Station, Denver’s newly remodeled multimodal downtown transit hub - and that the service will be called “Bustang.”


Click here to read the article.

City of Fort Collins - Bike Winter



Guided Winter Ride

Saturday, February 7 from 10:00am to Noon, meet in the Northside Aztlan Lobby

Put your winter cycling knowledge to the test and join us for a beginner’s guided ride.  We’ll start with warm drinks and a short discussion about winter cycling before heading out on the ride. This leisurely ride will allow you to practice winter riding in a group setting, build your confidence and gain skills to venture out on your own.  Registration required.  


Click here to register. 


Traffic Skills 101

Saturday, February 21 from 8:30am to 4:00pm, location TBD

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 fourteen. 


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. Click here to register. 


Click here for more information on Bike Winter Activities.
Partner Events

createlovelandCreate Loveland - Community Choices Workshops 
Weigh in on Loveland’s Comprehensive Plan Update

This series of focused workshops will use creative and interactive methods to solicit citizen input on missing policies, refinement of the opportunities identified in previous phases of the project. In addition to providing information on city-wide plan modifications, educational information about various choices will be presented, allowing each participant to learn about the trade-offs and potential benefits that could result from each choice.


February 10, 2015 

5:00 - 7:00pm 

Plan Hub at the Loveland Ale Works 118 W 4th St


February 14, 2015 

During the Day, exact hours undetermined 

Fire & Ice Festival, At the Boar & Bull at 422 E 4th St.


February 26th

2:00 - 4:00pm 

Plan Hub at The Coffee Tree


Click here for additional information on the above events. Click here to see the new draft documents.  




Northern Colorado Food Cluster

Fort Collins Winter Farmers Market


When: 10:00am-2:00 pm

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

Dates:  Feb 14 & 28; 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.



Policy and Grants Workshop


Are you a farmer, rancher, food producer, food and farming organization member or broader community member interested in learning more about applying for a variety of food system grants? The Food Cluster has partnered with USDA/NIFA Regional Rural Development Centers and CSU Extension Service to host a Northern Colorado Local, State and Federal Food Policy and Program Update: Including A Farmers Market, Local Food Promotion and USDA Grant Writing Workshop Friday, February 20th , 9:30-2:30 pm, with light lunch served at the Greeley Recreation Center, Room 101C. Food Cluster Partners will be invited to participate in discussion about their potential a regional Community Food Projects proposal. Please RSVP here by February 16th.  


Click here for more information about the Northern Colorado Food Cluster.  



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. 

 Volunteer Opportunities

Strap & Snap


Seeking volunteers to present bike helmet safety information to Loveland and Fort Collins 3rd graders. Click here for the S&S description sent to teachers; the What, Why and How of the S&S presentations.


S&S presentations begin the last week of March and end the last week of May. Each school will have 1 to 3 presentations. When the presentation schedule is finalized in March, you can select the presentation dates which work for you! S&S presentations are during the school day; anytime between 8:30 to 3:30. We provide the training and presentation materials; you then provide your time and expertise about helmet safety!


The Strap and Snap Bike helmet safety program planning meeting is at the end of February. If you are interested in being a presenter for Strap & Snap, contact Carol Skeen at or call 970.495.8570.




Check out some additional Volunteer Opportunities with the following organizations!

Food Bank of Larimer County