Dear CanDo Coalition Member:
Have you heard of Photovoice?
a group analysis method that combines photography with grassroots
social action. Participants are asked to represent their communities or
express their points of view by photographing scenes and combining them
with narratives to explain how the photos highlight a particular theme.
This type of community advocacy is an excellent way to highlight
positives as well as areas where improvements are needed.
Loveland has used Photovoice in the past couple of years with great
success. In 2013, CanDo assisted Loveland teens in the creation of a
Photovoice showing the need for a sidewalk in their neighborhood. The
Photovoice, coupled with direct advocacy to the Public Works department
and several Loveland boards and commissions, resulted in a new sidewalk
in the Maple Terrace neighborhood. Read about the project here.
Picture This: A Walkable, Livable Loveland
With this success under their belt, CanDo Loveland recently embarked on another advocacy effort…improving the walkability and
livability of historic downtown Loveland. With the help of the Walkable
and Livable Communities Institute along with Partnership for Age
Friendly Communities (PAFC) and AARP, a group of Loveland residents took
pictures and recorded personal narratives to go along with their photographs.
These narratives, which included both positive perspectives and
suggestions for improvements were compiled into a Photovoice titled Picture This: A Walkable, Livable Loveland which was presented last week at a well-attended community meeting of interested Loveland residents.The Photovoice, along with a report from the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute, helped shape short term (100 day challenge), medium term, and long term priorities for Loveland. Click here to read an article in the Reporter Herald about the meeting and the creation of a Citizen Task Force dedicated to working on short term and long term improvement goals. Click here for additional information on the report and key findings.
Read on to find out what CanDo and their partners are doing in February!
| Call To Action
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.
Updating the Comprehensive Plan represents a critical opportunity
to respond to community needs and to institutionalize community values
through health-related policies. We’re reaching out to ask for your
help in our final push. During February and March of 2016, we anticipate
that the Comprehensive Plan will enter its final phase. First, it will
be presented to the Planning Commission for a recommendation and then
it will be presented to City Council for formal approval and adoption.
Our elected and appointed officials have stated they want to hear from
Loveland’s citizens, so now is the time to reiterate the value of your
participation and your voice.
Between now and final adoption of the comprehensive plan, here’s how you can help:
If you choose to take action, please let Kelly Haworth know. We’d like to track efforts in our community for our grant and program reports and we’d like to offer help if needed.
| CanDo and Vida Sana Meeting Schedule
Built Environment Work Group (BEWG)
Our next meeting will be Tuesday, February 16 from 3:30-4:30pm at the Institute for the Built Environment 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.
Our next meeting will be Monday, February 22 from 10:30-12:00
at Northside Aztlan Community Center (112 Willow St., Fort Collins.)
Our next meeting will be Wednesday, February 24 from 11:30am-1:00pm
at Loveland Museum Gallery (503 N. Lincoln Ave.)
| Vida Sana
Sana has partnered with UCHealth’s Healthy Hearts to offer a six-week
class for the Lago Vista community starting Thursday, February 18 from
The classes will teach residents about heart
disease and how to reduce risk factors. Topics include healthy snacks,
exercising, and shopping on a budget.
| School Wellness
|Healthy Kids Club
Schools on the Move 5210 Challenge
Kids Club is excited to announce the Schools on the Move 5210 Challenge
for 2016! Since 1998, Healthy Kids Club, UCHealth, has been partnering
with schools to make wellness part of the school culture, and to
encourage adding the 5210 habits EVERYDAY for kids and adults alike!
Schools on the Move 5210 Challenge is a one-month program to encourage
students, teachers, school staff and families to adopt the 5210 healthy
habits. The goals are to get 5 fruits and vegetables, 2 hours or less of
recreational screen time, 1 hour or more of physical activity, and to
drink 0 sugary drinks …everyday! During the month of February,
students and staff will be tracking their 5210 habits to earn a t-shirt
and prizes for their school. Click here for more information and to download a family 5210 Challenge log, a great way to get the whole family involved 5210 healthy habits.
Poudre School District
Volunteers Needed: Wellness Advisory Council for Schools
Wellness team is looking for volunteers to serve on the Wellness
Advisory Council for Schools (WACS). The Wellness Advisory Council for
Schools (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. The committee is comprised of community stakeholders,
as well as district staff, and is led by the district’s Wellness
Manager. Volunteers are asked to participate in monthly meetings and
serve a two-year term. Current seats available include:
- Community member at-large
- Middle School Parent
- Licensed PE/Health Staff Member
- Elementary Administrator
- Secondary Administrator
- High School Student
If you are interested in serving as a member of WACS
in any of the above roles, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
to request an application. Completed applications are due by March 1, 2016
Action for Healthy Kids
AFHK’s 2015-16 Wellness Wednesday Webinar Series
Looking for practical tips about healthy classroom parties, taste tests, yoga in the
classroom and other wellness activities? Don’t miss our Wellness
Wednesday Webinar Series. Join us live from 2-2:30 MT on the second
Wednesday of each month. Register, view archived webinars and learn more.
- September 9 - Not a Brain Break, But a Brain Energizer (archived)
- October 14 - Having Fun with Healthy Classroom Parties (archived)
- November 11 - Getting Kids to Try Healthy Foods with Taste Tests (archived)
- December 9 - Motivating Students with Yoga in the Classroom (archived)
- January 13 - Bringing Play Indoors when the Weather Gets Bad
- February 10 - How to Host a Health & Wellness Fair
- March 9 - Growing Your School Garden
- April 13 - Volunteer for Healthy Schools
- May 11 - Walk and Bike to School Programs that Engage Kids and Families
| Built Environment
Built Environment Work Group BEWG
would like to thank Aaron Iverson, Senior Transportation Planner with
the City, for discussing the history of pedestrian advocacy in Fort
Collins. We learned of Fort Collins current standings as a walkable city
and past efforts to create an FC
Walks position. BEWG
interest in helping the City of Fort Collins make improvements in
walking infrastructure to advance from a Bronze to a Gold Level Walk
Friendly City. Members are advocating for an FC
Walks position that can
address safety concerns, encourage mode shift, and measure progress
through program evaluations. BEWG
sees great potential in promoting
healthy and active living by partnering with Bike FC
and the City of
Fort Collins Department of Transportation to advocate for an FC
a city, Fort Collins has created a supportive culture around active and
multi-modal transport. FC Bikes and Bike FC have done an incredible job
promoting, educating, and advocating for bicycle ridership in the city.
BEWG would like to elevate pedestrian infrastructure, education, and
encouragement to the impressive levels surrounding bicycling. Strong
support has been shown by FC Bikes and Safe Routes to School around
pedestrian advocacy and we hope to leverage these partnerships moving
forward. We are also excited to have begun conversations with Vida Sana
and the promotoras of Andersonville to consider how to provide
equitable play spaces. There will be more to come in next month’s
meeting and newsletter.
would like to encourage members of the community to take part in these
discussions around pedestrian advocacy. Through diverse representation,
we can better understand and address the needs of our diverse community
Please contact Colin Day at the Institute for the Built Environment for more information. Colin.email@example.com or (970) 491-5041.
| Worksite Wellness
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.
Governor’s Council for Active and Healthy Lifestyles will be handing
out their Governor’s Award for Workplace Wellness at this year’s
Colorado Culture of Health Conference. Apply for Healthy Business
Certification Today and be eligible to win!
|Local Food and Gardens
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.
- February 13, 27
- March 12, 26
- April 9, 23
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. Click here
for market updates.
City of Fort Collins - FCBikes
Bike Winter Celebration
February 5, 2016
your calendars and plan to join us to celebrate winter riding in Fort
Collins, whether you rode once or every day! Connect with Fort Collins’
cycling community, swap stories about your wintery riding season, and
see the top photos from our Bike Winter Photo Contest. Light snacks will
be provided at Wolverine Letterpress and Publick House from
us on Facebook to find helpful tips and tricks so you enjoy the winter
riding season. #fcbikes, #bikewinter. For more information about other
special events and to learn more about winter riding visit: www.fcgov.com/bikewinter.
is a great time to increase your knowledge about cycling so you can get
out and ride as opportunities present themselves. Prep for your Spring
Break by attending our Cycle Touring Basics class. Learn how to use your
bike as transportation in Everyday Cycling. Increase your confidence
riding in traffic or on trails with Smart Cycling. Register for the
following classes via the
- Thursday, February 11, 2016, 7-8:30pm, Northside Aztlan Center (Recreator Activity Number: 109591-01)
- Saturday, February 20, 2016, 8:15am-4:30pm, Westbridge Medical Suites (Recreator Activity Number: 109590-01)
Did you know we also offer classes by request for businesses or organizations? Check out the Bicycle Ambassador Program website for more information.
Registration required through the Recreator or by calling the Recreator registration desk at (970) 221-6256.
______________________________________________________________________Partnership for Age-Friendly Communities (PAFC) Larimer County Joins National Age-Friendly Communities Network
Celebrate the launch of Larimer County’s Designation as an AARP Age-Friendly Community.
Thursday, February 11, 2:00-3:30pm
Larimer County Courthouse, 1st Floor (200 West Oak Street)
All are welcome. Reception following event!
|Local and National HEAL News
Department of Health and Human Services (HHS
) and the U.S.
Department of Agriculture (USDA
) jointly publish the Dietary Guidelines
for Americans (Dietary Guidelines) every 5 years. Each edition of the
Dietary Guidelines reflects the current body of nutrition science.
Dietary Guidelines provides evidence-based food and beverage
recommendations for Americans ages 2 and older. These recommendations
- Promote health
- Prevent chronic disease
- Help people reach and maintain a healthy weight
health agencies, health care providers, and educational institutions
all rely on Dietary Guidelines recommendations and strategies.
The Dietary Guidelines also has a significant impact on nutrition in the United States because it:
- Forms the basis of federal nutrition policy and programs
- Helps guide local, state, and national health promotion and disease prevention initiatives
- Informs various organizations and industries (e.g., products developed and marketed by the food and beverage industry)
Click here to see the 2015 Dietary Guidelines.