Dear CanDo Coalition Member:
Meet Yolanda Valles - One of Vida Sana’s Neighborhood Promotoras
the heart of the Vida Sana program are the Promotoras (translation:
community health worker). The Vida Sana Promotoras work tirelessly in
eight targeted communities in Fort Collins to provide a trusted voice
for the residents of those communities as well as providing an authentic
“warm-handoff” to resources and programming that promote lifestyle
improvements through prevention and physical activity.
Valles is one of the Vida Sana Promotoras and what an amazing asset she
is to the program and to the community. Yolanda joined Vida Sana in
October of 2014 with a passion to educate and help people,
primarily the Latino community that might not be familiar with the
customs, resources, and/or language of this country.
asked what she likes most about her job, Ms. Valles says, “I like it
very much when the residents have confidence in me and when I can make a
difference in someone’s life.”
working with the residents, Yolanda recently completed the Family
Leadership Training Institute (FLTI.) FLTI is a free community 20-week
leadership class that focuses on training individuals to have the civic
skills they need to make a difference in the community. With lessons in
community problem solving, building networks, and how government works, Yolanda discovered that you don’t have to be rich
or be a politician to be empowered and make change happen. In fact,
Yolanda has already taken the skills she learned from FLTI to propose
changes and improvements that will help her clients. “I have spoken to
Councilman Bob Overbeck and the entire City Council about expanding
Romero Park as well as creating a new and larger park in Andersonville,
and about the need for a stoplight for the intersection of 9th
and Buckingham,” said Ms. Valles. As well, she has been working on the
creation of a community garden at El Museo and is hopeful projects like
this will help improve nutrition and nutrition education for residents
in the area.
lucky the Vida Sana community is to have Yolanda Valles. She truly
exemplifies the passion, commitment, and purpose of the Promotora
| Call To Action
Bicycling and Walking Survey
Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade,
Colorado Department of Transportation, and the Colorado Department of
Public Health and Environment are conducting a survey to learn about
your bicycling and walking activity; bicycling- and walking-related
expenditures; and opinions regarding the accessibility of bicycling and
walking in your community. As a member of CanDo, your opinion regarding
these topics is extremely important. By completing their survey, you
will give the state valuable information they can use to promote and
improve bicycling and walking in Colorado. The findings will be
presented in a statewide economic impact study that will be publicly
accessible in fall 2016.
the past 18 months, a main area of focus for the CanDo Coalition has
been to advocate for the incorporation of meaningful health policies
into the updated Loveland Comprehensive Plan. To date, the health
policies that we collectively support have been well received because
they align with the community’s vision and values.
Create Loveland planning team is pleased to announce that Create
Loveland is scheduled to go to the Loveland City Council for its
adoption hearing on July 19, 2016.
What: Create Loveland Adoption Hearing
Date: July 19, 2016
Location: City of Loveland Council Chambers, 500 E 3rd St, Loveland, CO 80537
this hearing, City Council will be asked to adopt a Resolution making
Create Loveland the community’s new comprehensive plan. Once adopted,
Create Loveland will help to protect Loveland’s high quality of life and
economic vitality as it grows and changes.
| CanDo Loveland
Please note an important change in contact information for CanDo Loveland.
To reach Kelly Haworth, please email email@example.com. Kelly can still be reached by phone at (970) 495-7513.
| CanDo and Vida Sana Meeting Schedule
Our next meeting is TBD.
Built Environment Work Group (BEWG)
Our next meeting will be Tuesday, July 19 from 3:30-4:30pm in Routt Hall Room 103.
or Katherine Vega at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com
Loveland Citizen Task Force for Walking and Biking
The next Loveland CTF meeting will be on Wednesday, July 27 from 11:30am-1:00pm at the Police Services Building, 810 E. 10th Street, Loveland.
will have the Parks and Recreation Director, Elizabeth, speak about the
Parks and Recreation master plan and how it relates to bicycle and
pedestrian infrastructure across the community. We will also continue
the conversation to prioritize bike and pedestrian plan projects.
Please RSVP by Friday, July 22 to Kelly Haworth at firstname.lastname@example.org or 970-495-7513.
| Vida Sana
Vida Sana is pleased to announce Camp Sol, a partnership facilitated by Vida Sana between
Poudre School District, Healthy Kids Club, City of Fort Collins, Food
Bank for Larimer County, Generation Now, The Family Center/LaFamilia,
and the Poudre River Library District. Camp Sol will have two sites of
fun enrichment academic and physical activity programming for seven
weeks including weekly field trips. One site will be at the Northside
Aztlan Community Center (NACC) and one will be in the clubhouse at the
Harmony Village community. As well, Camp Sol will be offering limited
neighborhood based programming in some Vida Sana communities.
Also, Food Bank for Larimer County’s Kids Cafe is excited to
announce a pilot program offering food truck meal service at the two
Camp Sol sites.
Health Equity Learning Series in Loveland
Sana will be hosting the Health Equity Learning Series in Loveland with
funding from the Colorado Trust. Former Series events have opened up
the dialogue about health equity in Loveland and the upcoming series
promises to keep the dialogue current and relevant. Formal partners
include the Loveland Public Library, Thompson School District,
SummitStone Health Partners and the House of Neighborly Service. Stay
tuned for details on dates and locations for events this summer and
| Built Environment
Built Environment Work Group
our June meeting, we discussed the Lincoln Middle School (LMS)
walkability report and paired up with Charles Futoran, with Larimer
County Health and Environment, to incorporate key informant interviews
to advocate for infrastructure improvements. We are on the lookout for
BFOs to advocate for Poudre trail connectivity to LMS and road
infrastructure improvements along West Vine Dr.
is also pursuing a Special Projects grant from the Colorado Health
Foundation (CHF) to develop a community health hub at the Salud Family
Health Centers expansion project on West Laporte. We are seeking out
partners to support the development and implementation of health and
wellness programming and services. The vision is to create an inclusive
space with and for the community that supports healthy lifestyles and
builds strong social networks. Potential partners include the Food Bank
of Larimer County, Sproutin’ Up, Vida Sana, Bike FC, and Innosphere.
would love to have the CanDo and larger Fort Collins community join us
at our next meeting to weigh in on the CHF project and discuss LMS
infrastructure improvements. The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 19th from 3:30 - 4:30 pm at IBE’s large conference room in Routt Hall (CSU). Please feel free to contact Colin Day at Colin.Day@colostate.edu or Katherine Vega at Katherine.email@example.com if you have any questions.
| Worksite Wellness
Help Us Bring Wellness to Work!
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.
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.
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!
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 Colorado 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 HealthLinksCertified.org to get started.
We invite you to join us for any of our upcoming events - contact Michelle at firstname.lastname@example.org for questions and to get more information.
|Local Food and Gardens
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.
Loveland Youth Gardeners and Gardens on Spring Creek
NoCo Urban Homestead TourJuly 30, 2016 - 9:00am-3:00pm
Click here for more information and tickets
Want to learn about bees, raising chickens, and all things edible
gardening? Get inspired by the homesteads featured on our 3rd annual
NoCo Urban Homestead Tour, a fundraising event benefiting the Gardens on
ek and Loveland Youth Gardeners.
Tour goers will be treated to 6 tour stops, three homesteads in
Fort Collins and three in Loveland; each integrating unique processes
The mission of this event is to educate the public about a
self-sustainable lifestyle that includes growing your own edibles,
raising backyard chickens, season extension, ducks &
trees, greenhouses, and incorporating useful and repurposed garden
structures. The tour will feature these practices in small yet inspiring
Guests will learn firsthand how the homestead hosts integrate these
activities into their daily lives with the purpose of leading a more
Cost to attend the Tour is $15 per person; Children 12 & under are free.
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.
|Bicycle Ambassador Program - Loveland Class
Go By Bike - Everyday Cycling
Whether you are traveling to work, running errands or heading out on the town with friends you can Go By Bike!
this presentation we will discuss the benefits of using a bike for
transportation and show you how to make it possible. Join us to learn
what to ride, what to wear, what to carry, how to carry your stuff,
route selection and safety techniques. We will also discuss local
classes, events and other cycling-related resources.
Wednesday, July 13, 6:00-7:00pm
McKee Conference and Wellness Center
2000 N. Boise Avenue, Loveland
for additional classes in Loveland and Fort Collins.
Neighborhood Night Out
August 2, 2016
Night Out (NNO
) is an annual, nationwide event falling on the first
Tuesday in August. The night is geared towards community building and
safety. In Fort Collins, Neighborhood Services encourages neighbors to
get together for events large and small. By registering, you will
receive a goodie-bag with useful items for the event, the host will
receive a free t-shirt and your event will be added to a map of all NNO
events. This map is given to police, fire, and City Councilmembers for
Click here for more information
**Enter For A Chance To Have Bike Education And Fun At Your Neighborhood Night Out Event!
FC Bikes Bicycle Ambassador Program and Safe Routes to School are
looking for one lucky neighborhood who is interested in having us do
bike-related programming at their Neighborhood Night Out event. We’ll do
a bike rodeo/obstacle course, helmet giveaways, bike safety checks,
helmet decorating and more.
If your neighborhood is interested in having BAP
at your event, please complete this application.
One lucky neighborhood will be chosen this year. Applications are due
by 5:00pm, July 19. The winner will be contacted by July 21.
If you have questions about the application, please contact FC
Bikes Program Specialist, Jamie Gaskill-Fox at email@example.com
Healthy Kids Club
2016 Run Series
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 healthykidsclub.org.
Food Bank for Larimer County
Food Bank for Larimer County will provide free summer meals in Fort
Collins, Loveland and Estes Park. The Food Bank expects to serve 56,000
meals this summer. Since 2005, the Food Bank’s Kids Cafe program has
served free, nutritious meals to low-income children ages 5-18 after
school and during the summer. Nearly one in three students in Larimer
County schools qualifies for free or reduced lunch. For these children,
summer vacation means no school meals and the prospect of going hungry.
The Food Bank picks up when school lets out by providing free,
nutritious meals to low income children ages 5-18 at sites throughout
Larimer County.Click here for more information and locations.
Need to Raise Money for Your Group? Wild West Relay is in need of Volunteers August 5th and 6th
We are currently looking for nonprofit groups and clubs who are
interested in raising money for their group by managing one or more of
the last relay exchanges that are in need of volunteers for the Wild
West Relay. In exchange for each volunteer a group provides, we will
pay the group a minimum of $90 per volunteer per volunteer shift. (We
pay more for the night exchanges.) This is a fun and easy way to raise
money for your group. Nobody needs to ask for donations, you simply organize a group to volunteer. All exchanges need a minimum of two volunteers.
The Wild West Relay is on August 5th and 6th and is a team running
relay that starts in Fort Collins and finishes in Steamboat Springs,
Colorado. There are 36 exchanges along the route that need volunteer
groups. Currently, we still need volunteers for exchanges 17, 19, 20,
28 and Leg 31. For more information about the race, go to http://www.rltrelays.com/wwr-volunteer-assignment.
If you would like more information about this
volunteer/fundraising opportunity or to receive a volunteer packet to
sign up, please contact Patti at firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks!
|Local and National HEAL News
Smart Growth America
Place: Six Cities Using the New Recipe for Economic Developmentlooks at
how six cities are using smart growth and placemaking strategies to
gain a competitive edge.
Our case study examples-Boise,
; Denver, CO
; Greenville, SC
; Minneapolis, MN
; Nashville, TN
-represent a diversity of geographies, locations,
population sizes, industries, and development challenges. Despite their
differences, all of these cities are using smart growth development to
successfully attract new companies and new residents.
everywhere and of all sizes can learn from these examples. This new
approach to economic development can help communities create diverse and
durable local economies that last beyond the lifecycle of any one
employer. As this report shows, there are many ways to create vibrant, walkable neighborhoods
and regional centers. Cities that want to compete in today’s economy
can and should use many of these strategies to create places that are
unique to their community.Click here for more information and to read the report.