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CanDo News
Healthy Eating and Active Living in Fort Collins and Loveland 
In This Issue
Call To Action
CanDo Coalition and Workgroup Meeting Schedule
Vida Sana
Partner News
Partner Events
Garden and Local Food Resources
Volunteer Opportunities
Quick Links

Dear CanDo Coalition Member:
As CanDo celebrates its tenth birthday, we are excited to take a moment to reflect on our accomplishments and look ahead at the work to be done to impact chronic disease prevention through healthy eating and physical activity. While Fort Collins/Loveland is consistently named one of the fittest cities in the nation, one alarming disparity persists. The percentage of overweight and obese children, especially low-income, in our community continues to rise. According to data from the 2014 Larimer County Child Health Survey, 23% of children in Larimer County between the ages of 2-14 are considered overweight or obese.  Bringing awareness to this ever-increasing local and national epidemic is an important step in continuing efforts to reverse the trend. September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month and CanDo has some great ideas on how YOU can help.

School Wellness
Support for more Physical Education and Activity and better nutrition at our schools

PSD and TSD both follow the model of site-based management. So, even though there are state and district standards, foundations, and policies, each school can decide how it manages budgets, staff, schedules, curriculum, and programming. Some schools are moving closer to providing their students with the recommended daily amount of physical activity and physical education and limiting the amount of “foods of minimal nutritional value” but others have room for improvement. How can you support more physical activity and education and better nutrition?
  • Talk to the classroom teachers and find out how much physical activity is  happening in your child’s classroom. This can include recess and brain breaks/active learning.
  • Join the school wellness team or School Accountability Committee and lead the charge for making change.
  • Talk to the PTO and suggest an active fundraiser like a walk-a-thon. Click on this Healthy Kids Club link for a plethora of information on how to plan one!
  • Check out the Healthy School Celebrations guide for your district to learn about ways parent and community members can impact change.
Both school districts have wellness policies that should be implemented in the schools. To read the wellness policies, click on the following links.


Built Environment
Support for safer roadways and trails and more accessible parks so our children
can walk and bike to school and have many safe choices for places to play.

In Loveland, give your feedback for the new Comprehensive Plan that includes language around health and mobility. It will be going to City Council next month in October. See information below for a link to the most updated information.

In Fort Collins, check out the FC city website for different projects including the Downtown Plan and the West Central Area Plan that include language related to biking, walking, and connectivity.Walking School Bus

In both cities, check out the links for Safe Routes to Schools to find out how you  can promote biking and walking to school - one of the most proven ways to get kids active and decrease obesity rates.


Food Environment
Support for healthier food in schools (think celebrations, fundraisers, and concession stands) and get involved in school and community gardens.
Throughout the summer, our CanDo newsletter has provided a lengthy list of garden and farmers market resources. Community and school gardens have a proven track record of educating children on growing, harvesting, and preparing fresh fruits and vegetables. Don’t despair that Colorado has a short growing season, if your school doesn’t have a garden, you will need some time to plan now for a garden this spring. Click on the links below for community and school garden resources.
Local and National legislation around childhood obesity awareness
There are a variety of policies and actions you can take
to help reverse the obesity trend.
For some additional ideas, click here.
Call To Action
createlovelandAttend the Loveland Planning Commission meeting on September 14 
The Comprehensive Plan will be discussed during the Planning Commission study session on September 14. Please click here to see the most updated information including the schedule and agenda. Public comments will be presented during this meeting.
City of Fort Collins

Downtown Plan

What is your vision for the future of downtown Fort Collins? Click here to share your ideas through the online survey!

Character District Charette
Monday, September 14
There are slots available for the sessions noted below: 
  •  Innovation/Poudre River/Oxbow Districts - 10:45am-12:45pm (3 slots available)
  • Historic/Campus North Districts - 1:30pm-3:30pm (2)
  • Lincoln/Entryway Corridors - 3:45pm-5:00pm (1)
You can sign up for a session here.
Character District Drop-In Workshop
September 15, 1:00-7:00 pm

281 N. College Ave. Conference Rooms A-D.
Join us for a public open house to learn about design concepts and potential strategies for the future of the Downtown Plan character districts.

City Comforts with David Sucher
September 24, 6:00-8:00pm. Lincoln Center (Canyon West Ballroom)
417 W. Magnolia St.
David Sucher, author of City Comforts will be visiting Fort Collins to share best practices and ideas for the future of the downtown area. Join the Downtown Plan team for an engaging evening where we will explore together how to bring more city comforts to Downtown Fort Collins. Click here to RSVP. Light refreshments will be provided.    
CanDo Coalition and Workgroup Meeting Schedule
Vida Sana
Our next meeting date is scheduled for September 21, 10:30am-12:00pm at Northside Aztlan Community Center, 112 Willow St., Fort Collins.

Built Environment Work Group

Click here to see minutes from our August meeting.   
Loveland Coalition
Our next coalition meeting has been moved to October 21, 11:30am-1:00pm at the Loveland Museum Gallery (503 N. Lincoln.)  
We encourage you to attend the Walking Audit and Workshop for Age-Friendly Communities on September 29. RSVP to Paula Stearns at or call (303) 669-4878. Click here for more information. 

Fort Collins Coalition
Our next coalition meeting will be October 29 from 8:30-10:00. Location TBD
Well Workplace and Healthy Food Environment Networking Sessions
Please continue to check this monthly newsletter for updates, news and local happenings around worksite wellness. Additionally, look for the go-live date announcement for the online Worksite Wellness Resource Guide! The guide will share CanDo’s most requested tools by local employers, plus a directory listing of additional regional, state and national resources providing more specific support.
Vida Sana

2015 Health Equity Learning Series 
Vida Sana is excited to partner with Summit Stone to offer the  final presentation in the 2015 Colorado Trust Healthy Equity Learning Series .

October 8, 8:30-10:00am
Locations will be finalized and announced soon. 

The presentation will feature John A. Powell. Professor 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.   
Partner News

City of Fort Collins
Expansion on smoking restrictions

Expanded smoking restrictions will go into effect in many places throughout Fort Collins Sept. 1, as part of the smoking ordinance adopted by City Council in February. For more information on these restrictions, click here.

Partner Events

Walking Audit and Workshop-Partnership for Age Friendly Communities

Tuesday, September 29, 8:30am
Loveland Museum and Gallery
503 N. Lincoln 

Join community seniors, citizens, elected officials and government staff as we assess downtown Loveland for ease of walking, accessibility, and safety. RSVP to Paula Stearns at or call (303) 669-4878. Click here for more information.
Larimer County Food Bank and Loveland Farmers Market

Front Range Rally
September 27, 9:00am-1:00pm
Loveland Farmers Market (Fairgrounds Park)

The farmers market will include craft beer and food from local food truck vendors with all proceeds from beer sales and a portion of food truck sales donated to the Food Bank for Larimer County.
Click here for more information.
Healthy Kids Club

The Healthy Kids Run Series (Ages 5-12) is celebrating 17 years

The run series offers kids ages 5-12 the opportunity to participate in eight, free 1-mile fun runs. Nearly 1,500 kids participated in the 2014 series. Participants get a punch card and prizes for running in four or more races. 

There are three more races this year:
Sept. 19 - Be Great 5K, Weld Boys and Girls Club, Greeley
Oct. 10 - Healthy Kids Halloween Hustle, Centerra, Loveland
Oct. 17 - CSU Homecoming Run, CSU Oval, Fort Collins

Click here for more information.

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 September 26, 8:15am-4:30pm
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   
Nature’s Harvest Fest
September 12, 9:00am-3:00pm
Presented by Poudre Pet and Feed Supply

This family friendly and educational event brings together the NoCo Nature Fest and the Gardens’ Harvest Festival in a one-day celebration of all things nature and harvest in our community.

Celebrate adventures in NoCo’s big backyard with cooking and urban homesteading workshops, bird walks and butterfly releases, tastings of fresh produce, a marketplace full of local artisans and food producers, entertainment, kids’ activities and food vendors.
Click here for more information.


NoCo Urban Homestead Tour
September 12, 9:00am-3:00pm
Fort Collins & Loveland

Want to learn about bees, raising chickens, and all things edible gardening? Get inspired by the homesteads featured on our 2nd 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 Old Town 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, goats & bees, fruit trees, greenhouses, and incorporating useful and repurposed garden structures. The tour will feature these practices in small yet inspiring backyard settings.
Click here for more information and tickets

City of Fort Collins

Open Streets

Sunday, September 20
10:00am - 3:00pm
Remington Street from Mountain to Lake

Open Streets features health & wellness games, sports, entertainment, food, biking, walking, skating, and rollerblading, and socializing in a car-free environment.

Garden and Local Food Resources

farmersFarmers Markets are going strong!

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.
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.

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.  
Volunteer Opportunities

City of Fort Collins-FC Bikes

Can you Count?! Join us in our annual Bicyclist and Pedestrian Count
Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday September 15, 17, and 19.

We are counting on you to count for us! The City of Fort Collins is conducting our annual bicyclist and pedestrian counts throughout our community and are looking for volunteers. Help us understand and promote cycling and walking in Fort Collins!

For more information and link to volunteer sign-up, click here.


The Growing Project
Like gardening?  
With the growing season upon us, check out The Growing Project, a local nonprofit that promotes the value of a strong, diverse, and just local food system to all residents of Northern Colorado through direct agricultural experiences, education, and advocacy.

Click here for information on how you can get involved.

In health,