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CanDo News
Healthy Eating and Active Living in Fort Collins and Loveland 

In This Issue
Call To Action
CanDo Loveland
Meeting Schedule
Vida Sana
Built Environment
Worksite Wellness
Local Food and Gardens
Partner Events
Volunteer Opportunities
Local and National HEAL News
Quick Links


Dear CanDo Coalition Member:

Meet Yolanda Valles - One of Vida Sana’s Neighborhood Promotoras

At 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.

Yolanda 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.

When 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.”
Besides 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.

How lucky the Vida Sana community is to have Yolanda Valles. She truly exemplifies the passion, commitment, and purpose of the Promotora program.
Call To Action

Bicycling and Walking Survey

The 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.

Please click on this link to share your thoughts through this anonymous and confidential survey:

Thank you so much for your support!

Over 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.

The 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
Time: 6:00pm 
Location: City of Loveland Council Chambers, 500 E 3rd St, Loveland, CO 80537
At 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 Kelly can still be reached by phone at (970) 495-7513.
CanDo and Vida Sana Meeting Schedule

Built Environment Work Group (BEWG)

Our next meeting will be Tuesday, July 19 from 3:30-4:30pm 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. If you have any questions, contact Colin Day at 
or Katherine Vega at  

Loveland Citizen Task Force for Walking and Bikin

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.

We 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 or 970-495-7513. 
Vida Sana

Our next meeting is TBD.
Vida Sana

Vida Sana
Camp Sol

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

Vida 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 fall.

For streaming video of past Health Equity Learning Series events, click here.

Trailer Donation Needed

We are seeking a donation of a commercial/classroom style trailer to place in Poudre Valley Mobile Home Park. Our partnership with management has resulted in an invitation to bring in a trailer for family programming.
Anyone with information or ideas on how to locate a trailer for donation can contact Eddie Dominguez at or Deirdre Sullivan at 
Built Environment

Built Environment Work Group
During 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.
BEWG 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.
We 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 or Katherine Vega at if you have any questions.

Worksite Wellness
Health LinksTM 

Help Us Bring Wellness to Work!

Each 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.

This 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.

You’re Invited!
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!

Register for the event 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 Color
ado 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 to get started.

We invite you to join us for any of our upcoming events - contact Michelle at
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 Tour

July 30, 2016 - 9:00am-3:00pm

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 Spring Creek 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 and attractions.

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 & bees, fruit trees, greenhouses, and incorporating useful and repurposed garden structures. The tour will feature these practices in small yet inspiring backyard settings.
Guests will learn firsthand how the homestead hosts integrate these activities into their daily lives with the purpose of leading a more sustainable lifestyle.

Cost to attend the Tour is $15 per person; Children 12 & under are free.
Click here for more information and tickets


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.

Partner Events
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!

In 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

Phone: 970-221-6987

Visit for additional classes in Loveland and Fort Collins.

Neighborhood Night Out
August 2, 2016

Neighborhood 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 potential visits.

Click here for more information

**Enter For A Chance To Have Bike Education And Fun At Your Neighborhood Night Out Event!

The 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 or 970-221-6987.

Healthy Kids Club

2016 Run Series

Registration 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


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.
Volunteer Opportunities

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 If you would like more information about this volunteer/fundraising opportunity or to receive a volunteer packet to sign up, please contact Patti at Thanks! 
Local and National HEAL News

Smart Growth America

Amazing 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, ID; Denver, CO; Greenville, SC; Minneapolis, MN; Nashville, TN; and Pittsburgh, PA-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.

Communities 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.

In health,