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Healthy Eating and Active Living in Fort Collins and Loveland 
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Call To Action
Meeting Schedule
Vida Sana
School Wellness
Worksite Wellness
Built Environment
Local Food and Gardens
Partner Events
Local and National HEAL News
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Dear CanDo Coalition Member:

Last week, UCHealth hosted CanDo’s final full Fort Collins Coalition meeting. This meeting focused on CanDo’s community partners and how they have taken a leading role in carrying out the important community HEAL initiatives previously spearheaded by CanDo. CanDo is still committed to playing an active role in these initiatives in Fort Collins, but our staff resources will be primarily focused on the CanDo Loveland Coalition and its initiatives, Vida Sana/Health Equity initiatives in both the Loveland and Fort Collins communities, and fortifying our relationships with other community health partners for increased collaboration in chronic disease prevention in Larimer County.

We cannot say enough about the following organizations and the amazing work they are doing in the Fort Collins community and we are honored to partner with them to sustain the programs and policies that have been a part of CanDo for the past ten years.

Please click on the links below to see our partner’s presentations from the CanDo Fort Collins Coalition meeting. The presentations detail their work and how the community can get involved. 
Our newsletter format has changed to reflect this new direction. We hope you will find the information useful and interesting.  
Call To Action
2015 Loveland Connect - Call for Volunteers  

The fourth annual Loveland Connect will take place on Tuesday, November 24, 2015, from 8:00am to 12:00pm at Truscott Elementary, located at 211 West 6th Street. This event is based on the national best practice model called Project Homeless Connect that has been replicated in over 260 communities across the country.

More than forty services in one location will be offered for the homeless or near homeless at the Loveland Connect event. The services provided are a symbol of the community coming together to send a message about assisting those who are most vulnerable.

This event also provides a rare and important opportunity for volunteers to interact with Loveland citizens who are facing homelessness or may be close to becoming homeless. Event guests are paired with a volunteer. The goal of the pairing is to have the volunteer guide the guest through the event, starting with a shared meal, and accessing services that could make a difference for the guest, such as gathering information about housing, accessing dental or medical health screenings, bike repair, or a haircut. The support of the volunteer creates a powerful connection and gives a personal story to those who are facing homelessness.

For more information and to register, click here.

The Comprehensive Plan is currently in the final phase of study, review, and, toward the end of the year, adoption. The next Planning Commission meeting to discuss the plan is Monday, November 9. Please click here to see the most updated Planning Commission and City Council meeting and agenda information and continue to support and advocate for the Comp Plan.

Click here for information on how HEALTH has been included in the Plan as well as how YOU can contact members of the Planning Commission and City Council to provide feedback.


City of Fort Collins Strategic Planning Feedback Form

The 2015-2016 City of Fort Collins Strategic Plan reflects the input of engaged citizens, community and business partners, Mayor and Council Members, and City staff. The effort represents the first organization-wide, issues-driven, and Council-reviewed strategic plan in our City’s history.

The City is currently reviewing the Strategic Plan to ensure that it reflects the needs and priorities of you, our citizens. The information gathered here will be reviewed and used as we move forward into our Budgeting for Outcomes (BFO) process, which emphasizes priorities and results, not just cost.

Please take a moment to take the following Strategic Planning feedback form. City officials will review your comments along with feedback we are gathering through our 2015 Citizen Survey, focus groups, community listening sessions and other community engagement activities, as they decide how to allocate funds for the 2017-2018 biannual budget.
CanDo and Vida Sana Meeting Schedule

Built Environment Work Group (BEWG)

Our next meeting will be Thursday, November 19 from 4:00-5:30pm in the CSU College of Health and Human Sciences, Gibbons 101. The agenda is TBD. For directions and inquiries, please contact Colin Day at

Vida Sana

Our next coalition meeting will be November 23, 10:30am-12:00pm at the Northside Aztlan Community Center (112 Willow St., Fort Collins.)

Vida Sana

Health Equity Learning Series - Health Equity and Racism
On October 8, CanDo and Vida Sana, in conjunction with SummitStone Health Partners and the Colorado Trust hosted a video presentation of the Colorado Trust Health Equity Learning Series: Health Equity and Racism.

The presentation featured Professor John A. Powell is Director of the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society (Haas Institute) and Robert D. Haas Chancellor’s Chair in Equity and Inclusion at the University of California, Berkeley. Formerly, he directed the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at The Ohio State University and the Institute for Race and Poverty at the University of Minnesota. He led the development of an “opportunity-based” model that connects affordable housing to racialized spaces in education, health, health care and employment. He is the author of Racing to Justice: Transforming our Concepts of Self and Other to Build an Inclusive Society.
Professor Powell spoke about the history of race, racism and power in the United States, and how it relates to health equity and health care.

Click here to see the video presentation and related articles. 

Vida Sana started new programming at Northside Aztlan Community Center on October 5. For more information and registration details, click here. 
School Wellness

Do you have kids, grandkids, nieces/nephews in school?
Join their school wellness teams!

To find out more information, contact your school administration or contact the wellness departments at your school district.

Poudre School District School Wellness
Thompson School District Wellness

Healthy Kids Colorado Survey

This fall, students in both PSD and TSD will be taking the Healthy Kids Colorado Survey. This survey collects anonymous information from students in 6th to 12th grades about health-related attitudes and behaviors, including: unintentional injuries and violence; mental health; school safety and physical fighting; tobacco and other substance use; physical activity and nutrition; sexual behaviors (high school only); basic demographic information such as age; and risk and protective factors. The survey is administered every two years to randomly selected schools. In 2013, over 40,000 students participated from over 220 middle and high schools.

How do Colorado communities benefit from HKCS data?
  • Provides state and regional estimates of a wide range of youth health behaviors, that are comparable to national estimates
  • Tracks trends in behaviors at state, regional and local levels over time ยท Increases public awareness about health and behavior issues that impact youth
  • Provides support for healthier learning environments through school health education policies and programs
  • Educates leaders to shape effective public policy
  • Brings funding into our state and local communities
  • Informs program planning and grant applications. Grants that utilize HKCS data include:
    • Safe Schools/Healthy Students
    • Title IV 21st Century Schools
    • Drug Free Communities
    • Persistent Drunk Driving
    • Chronic Disease Prevention Grants 

If you have a middle school or high school student in PSD, please fill out and return the active consent form, provided by the school, to allow them to take the survey. Also, pass the word along to friends and neighbors. The more students that take the survey, the more comprehensive the data for our schools and community. For more information about the survey, click here.   


If you have middle school and high school students in TSD, they use a process of passive consent, which means the students don’t need parental consent to take the survey. If you have questions, contact your local school. 


Worksite Wellness

Worksite Wellness Workshop

  • Are you interested in having wellness programs on site at work but don’t know where to start?
  • Do you want to improve employee retention while improving your bottom line?
  • Are you interested in creating a happier, healthier work environment?
  • Would you like to see more a more positive work culture at your job?
Then save-the-date for a FREE two-hour workshop to learn how to create a culture of health in small business

Thursday November 19, 2015
Complimentary Lunch Served at 12pm
Training from 12:00-2:00 pm

Location Details to be sent in final invitation


RSVP by November 16 to

Built Environment

Do you walk or bike around Fort Collins?

Do you live or work in Fort Collins and use your bike or walking shoes to get around, frequently or simply on occasion? Please help us collect valuable information about your habits and values.

The University of Colorado, Denver, in coordination with Kaiser Permanente, will collect and process your responses which will help Fort Collins continue to provide and improve world-class bicycling and walking design and programs. Click here for the survey and thank you for your contribution:

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.  
  • November 14, 21, 28
  • December 12, 19, 26
  • January 2, 16, 30
  • February 13, 27
  • March 12, 26
  • April 9, 23
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. Click here for market updates.
Gardens on Spring Creek Gardens

Community Gardens in Park- Application deadline is November 15
The City of Fort Collins hosted an open house on October 5, 2015 to discuss Community Gardens in Parks and the application process for neighborhoods interested in a community garden in their nearby park.

Click here for more information on suitable parks and application materials. 
Partner Events
City of Fort Collins - FCBikes
Smart Cycling 
Smart Cycling (formerly Traffic Skills 101) 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, the rules of the road as they relate to cycling, on-bike skills and crash avoidance techniques. We recommended this class for adults and youth above age 14. Participants should be prepared to ride their bicycle as there is a riding portion to this class. A helmet and bicycle in good working condition are required. A water bottle is recommended.
Future Dates 
Saturday, November 14, 8:15am-4:30pm
Registration required through the Recreator or by calling the Recreator registration desk at (970) 221-6256.  
Gardens on Spring Creek    Gardens

School’s Out Day Camps

School’s Out…but Mom & Dad have to work? The Gardens can offer a solution. School’s Out Day Camps will be available for children ages 5 to 11 years this winter during teacher work days. Pack a lunch and come spend a day gardening, cooking, crafting, and discovering!

$45 per child; Scholarships are available.
Pre-registration is required. Call 970-416-2486, drop in at The Gardens, or register online by clicking on the date below.

2015 Fall Semester Dates: 
Local and National HEAL News

Walking Program Toolkits

The American Council on Exercise (ACE) announced the launch of two walking toolkits, Walk this Way! and Walk the Talk!, as part of its commitment to support the U.S. Surgeon General’s landmark national call to action to promote walking and walkable communities. The toolkits contain a variety of resources designed to help create a culture of health that values and supports walking as a fundamental physical activity.”   

In health,
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