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CanDo News
                Healthy Eating and Active Living in Northern Colorado
In This Issue
Call To Action
Fort Collins Coalition
Loveland Coalition
Built Environment Work Group
Well Workplace and Healthy Food Environment Networking Sessions
Vida Sana
CanDo in the News
Partner Events
Partner News
Upcoming Meetings
Quick Links


Dear CanDo Coalition Member:


For much of the spring, the CanDo team has been working with partners internally and externally to update our strategic plan. Our current plan is several years old, and in the context of recent transitions, we felt it an ideal time to step back and examine the work we are doing. Richard Male & Associates and LiveWell Colorado have provided process and facilitation support, guiding us through an exercise that we feel will lead to the development of a strong, community-driven plan that will honor all of the great work done by CanDo to-date. We extend our heartfelt thanks to those partners who have met with us through this process and we are excited to continue playing a vital role in advancing healthy eating and active living initiatives within our communities. We expect to have an outline of our priorities by early fall and will share the outcomes of this process at a coalition meeting later this year. Thank you for your continued support and patience while we plan for our future!


Click on the link for the complete  2014 CanDo Meeting Calendar. 

Call To Action
City of Fort Collins Bicycle Plan 


  • Learn about the City of Fort Collins’ draft Bicycle Plan.
  • See a city wide map of proposed bicycle improvements and future connections.
  • Review recommendations in the draft plan including education programs and wayfinding strategies.



Wednesday, July 30th from 4 - 7 pm at the Lincoln Center.

For more information, go to:  

Fort Collins Coalition

Save the Date for our next Fort Collins Coalition meeting on Thursday, July 31 from 8:30-10:00am at the Westbridge first floor conference room (1107 S. Lemay Ave.-Across from Poudre Valley Hospital.)

We will have a presentation by CSU’s Fuel for Fun program, hear an update from CanDo about strategy work and our planning process and network with other individuals who are advancing healthy eating and active living initiatives within Fort Collins. We hope to see you there! 


Loveland Coalition

Our next coalition meeting will be on Wednesday, August 20 from 11:30am-1:00pm at the Loveland Museum & Gallery (503 N. Lincoln.)


Activate Youth

On Tuesday, July 1, CanDo Loveland brought four youth from the Maple Terrace neighborhood to speak in front of City Council about issues related to healthy eating and active living. One week prior to the Council meeting, CanDo staff met with the youth to discuss their areas of interest and guide them through the development of a 3-minute speech to deliver to City Council.  Staff helped them develop their individual voice and navigate the public meeting process. Each youth advocated for public amenities and infrastructure improvements that support healthy eating and active living. Topics  included on-street bike lanes, accessible recreation trails, youth employment opportunities and a teen center. City Council welcomed their input and commended the youth for sharing their perspectives. The Mayor thanked the youth for getting involved in their local government. Below is a link to the City Council’s meeting video archive; the youth speak just after the 8-minute mark:


If you’re interested in learning more about CanDo’s Activate Youth campaign or know of a group who would like to participate, please contact Kelly at 495-7513 or

Built Environment Work Group


Our next meeting will be on Friday, August 1
10:00 - 11:30 a.m. at the City of Fort Collins Community Room (215 N. Mason).


Our presenter at the meeting will be Basil Hamden, City of Fort Collins Storm Water Engineer. Basil will be sharing with us the details of the plan for the Remington Greenway and on Low Impact Development (LID). We will also hear an update on where we are as a city in the Budgeting for Outcomes process. Go to   for more information. 

Well Workplace and Healthy Food Environment Networking Sessions


The next combined Well Workplace and Healthy Food Environment Networking Session will be on Tuesday, August 12th from 11:30am to 1:00pm in the first floor conference room of the Westbridge Building (1107 South Lemay Avenue, across from Poudre Valley Hospital). A light lunch will be served.  


Please RSVP by Friday, August 1st to Bobbie Kay - Agenda will be sent in August.


This is a networking session geared towards inspiring, creating and advancing projects that promote well workplaces and healthy food environments for all Fort Collins residents. Please join us!


Vida Sana

Health Equity Learning Series 

University of Colorado Health invites you to partake in this exciting event held by Vida Sana, in partnership with The Colorado Trust, which will help increase knowledge and awareness about health equity. The remaining two, in the four part series, will take place:
  • August 21, 2014 - Llewellyn Smith, Project Director, BlueSpark Collaborative and Laura Frank, Executive Director, I-News at Rocky Mountain PBS

  • November 13, 2014 - Dolores Roybal, Executive Director, Con Alma Health Foundation

All events will be from 11:30am-1:00pm at the Westbridge Office Building, first floor conference room (1107 S. Lemay Ave.-Across from Poudre Valley Hospital.)


RSVP: Please contact Edgar Dominguez,, 970-495-7519 with questions or to RSVP. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP two weeks prior to each event as space is limited.


CanDo News
Read about CanDo’s leadership in healthy vending on the LiveWell Colorado Website.


CanDo has put together a Fort Collins - Loveland team that has been accepted into RIHEL’s competitive Leadership for Healthy Community Design Program.


The team, made up of both Fort Collins and Loveland professionals, is looking forward to their first three-day training beginning on August 13th. Contact for more information. 

Partner Events


City of Fort Collins


National Recreation and Park Association and the City of Fort Collins Recreation Department are recognizing the month of July as the nation’s official Park and Recreation Month. This year’s theme Out is In. The goal is to motivate everyone to go OUTside, change their OUTlook, and get INvolved in their community through their local parks and recreation.


The City of Fort Collins Recreation Department wants to get you OUT and INvolved! July is busy and Recreation is giving you 30 reasons to help prove OUT is IN.

Go here their website for more information

FC Bikes Presents Open Streets

Sunday, July 20, 2014: Laurel St. (Prospect to Whedbee) and Whedbee St. (Lesser to Remington)

Sunday, September 14, 2014: Elizabeth St. (Shields to Overland)


What is Open Streets?


Open Streets are temporary events that invite people to experience public streets in ways other than driving. By temporarily closing streets to motorized traffic, Open Streets provide a safe and comfortable space for people to walk, bicycle, jog, rollerblade and play! The City of Fort Collins will host two Open Streets events in 2014 to encourage physical activity, increase active transportation opportunities and build community.



Open Streets needs volunteers for July 20 and would love to have you! Sign up to be a volunteer today by using the Volunteer Spot website.


Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

  1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on VolunteerSpot:  
  2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on VolunteerSpot) Note: VolunteerSpot does not share your email address.
  3. Sign up! Choose your spots - VolunteerSpot will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!


Human Race

5K, 10K, Half Marathon and Kids Fun Run.

For more information, go to

Benefits the Food Bank for Larimer County and the Boys and Girls Club.

FoCo Cafe’s Bike-In Music Fest
ival at Shire CSA


Bicycle-in for great live music, food, and beer at beautiful Shire CSA on Sunday, July 27. Gates open at 2:30pm, music begins at 3:00pm. Only 250 tickets will be sold, so this will be an intimate experience you can’t miss. The festival will happen rain or shine. 


3:00 Carlton Pride & Mighty Zion, reggae power house and son of country music legend Charley Pride
4:30 Cary Morin, 2013 and 2014 Colorado Blues Challenge solo champion
6:00 Lunde Station, a roots rock Americana band that gets people dancing


Please bike in or walk in ONLY. The Shire’s south gate is conveniently located on the Spring Creek Trail between College and Lemay. 


See the Festival website for more details. Click here to see a poster for the festival. 


All proceeds benefit the nonprofit FoCo Cafe 


The FoCo Cafe is a nonprofit cafe where patrons can eat a delicious, locally-sourced lunch with several different payment options: Pay what you can, pay what you normally pay, pay it forward, or make your contribution with time and talent.

This concept benefits the entire community by making healthy, locally-sourced meals available to ALL while inviting ALL members of the community to contribute to its success. It’s about community building through food! The FoCo cafe is estimated to open in September, 2014.

To find out more about the Cafe and how you can get involved, go to



Family bicycling anyone? FAB Rides FoCo hosts neighborhood rides around Fort Collins. There is one next month on August 14 at 6:00pm from Lee Martinez Park. Go to their Facebook page 

or send email to  



Plant It Forward


New this year, Plant It Forward has recruited neighborhood champions who have offered their home or office as a convenient fresh produce drop off point. Each champion will ensure the produce is delivered to Food Bank to help our neighbors in need. To find a drop off point in your neighborhood, click here.  


Remember to look for the Plant It Forward sign in the yard and collection bin! No donation is too small! The Food Bank for Larimer County gladly accepts all produce donations.

Learn more about the Plant It Forward program!  

CanDo Partner News

LiveWell Colorado

Check out LiveWell Colorado’s Pinterest site for amazing ideas on how to incorporate Healthy Eating and Active Living in your life. 


Go to



Northern Colorado Food Cluster  

The Northern Colorado Food Cluster has a new website. Go to
for future meetings and the latest information.
 Upcoming Meetings   

Fort Collins Coalition -
Thursday, July 31  

8:30 - 10:00 a.m. in the Westbridge Office Building 1st floor conference room
(1107 S. Lemay Ave.-Across from Poudre Valley Hospital)

BEWG (Built Environment Work Group) -Friday, August 1
10:00 - 11:30 a.m. at the City of Fort Collins Community Room (215 N. Mason)

Well Workplace and Healthy Food Environment Networking Sessions - Fort Collins-Tuesday, August 12
11:30 - 1:00 p.m. in the Westbridge Office Building 1st floor conference room
(1107 S. Lemay Ave.-Across from Poudre Valley Hospital)

Loveland Coalition-Wednesday, August 20 
11:30am-1:00pm at the Loveland Museum Gallery (503 N. Lincoln.)


In health,