News & Events

Greetings Coalition Members!

Here are some coalition updates:

CanDo Updates

CanDo is updating their member database. Please take a few minutes to complete this short online survey so we can keep you updated on the latest events, communications, and campaigns. The survey will close by the end of the month.

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

Fort Collins Coalition

Our next Fort Collins Coalition meeting will be on Thursday, April 24, 2014, 8:30-10:00am. We will meet at the Westbridge Office Building 1st floor conference room (1107 S. Lemay Ave.-Across from Poudre Valley Hospital)

Loveland Coalition

Save the Date for our next coalition meeting which will be on May 21st from 11:30am -1:00 at the Loveland Museum & Gallery (503 N. Lincoln.) The theme of the meeting will be Food in Loveland. If you’re interested in presenting at the next meeting please contact Kelly at: . Click here for minutes from our February meeting.

sMap- imap♥land 

CanDo Loveland has recently launched an online tool that allows individuals to create maps of places and spaces that support healthy, active lifestyles in Loveland. The tool is called imap♥land and its main purpose is to solicit input from community members around healthy eating and active living.

Loveland community members can go to CanDo’s website ( to access the link. Registered users can create an individual map of Loveland that identifies things that support active, healthy lifestyles in Loveland. For example, they can use the symbols to mark the places they like or dislike and avoid. They can also mark where they get their food and where they play or recreate. Routes for walking and biking can be identified as well.

The end result is a personalized map of Loveland. CanDo and the City of Loveland want community members’ input on what healthy eating and active living look like in Loveland, as well as what barriers might exist that would prevent residents from enjoying an active, healthy lifestyle.

The information will be used to guide CanDo’s future neighborhood outreach efforts and to inform the City’s new Comprehensive Plan now underway. Incorporating public health goals, objectives, and policies into the Comprehensive Plan will help to maintain and potentially improve Loveland’s vibrancy. For questions or more information, contact CanDo’s Health Planner at or 970-667-2192.

Click the icon below to access imap♥land on the CanDo website.


HFEN (Healthy Food Environment Network)

Save the Date for the next Healthy Food Environment Networking Session on Tuesday, May 13, 2014, 11:30am-1:00pm at the Westbridge Office Building, first floor conference room (1107 S. Lemay Ave. – across from Poudre Valley Hospital).  

This meeting will focus on creating and sustaining healthy food environments within your organization. A light lunch will be served and a full agenda will be sent out closer to the meeting.”

** Click here for HFEN February meeting minutes.
**Click here for the Food Environment Presentation.
**Click here for the Worksite Wellness Presentation.

The Northern Colorado Local Food Cluster and CSU’s Center for Public Deliberation invite you to:

“Northern Colorado Local Food Cluster Kickoff”

Wednesday, April 9th from 6:00pm-8:00pm

Drake Centre - East Ballroom

802 West Drake Drive, Fort Collins

Healthy snacks will be provided

The Local Food Cluster is a resident-driven effort with a vision to create a healthy community through a resilient, local food system. We support and promote local food production, distribution and consumption. This vision will be accomplished by working together strategically, effectively and in alignment with our values of honoring each other, remaining open to all community voices and being inclusive of all groups.

Come learn about exiting new developments and participate in a rich input session about the Cluster’s foundational next steps!

BEWG (Built Environment Work Group)

The next meeting will be on Friday, April 4, 2014, 10:00-11:30am at the Westbridge Office Building, first floor conference room (1107 S. Lemay Ave.-Across from Poudre Valley Hospital.)

Vida Sana

You’re invited to join us for the 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 three, in the four part series, will take place:

  • May 8, 2014 – Manuel Pastor, PhD, Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity, University of Southern California
  • 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 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. Please state in email that you are RSVP’ing for CO Trust event. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP two weeks prior to each event, space is limited.

Partner Updates

The City of Fort Collins Human Relations Commission, in partnership with the Poudre River Library District, is hosting a series of mental health forums in 2014-2015. Each session is open to the public and will have an expert panel to discuss a variety of topics relating to mental health. Our advertising flyer is attached and if you wish to have hard copies in either standard or card stock, please contact Melissa Herzog at She is our City Liaison until May 1. As soon as we know who will replace her, we will send that information to you. Please send out the attachment to anyone or any agency you believe has an interest in these forums. Our goal is to de-stigmatize mental health and to inform lay members of the public who do not have a background in mental health issues but may be impacted by friends, family members, or personal issues.

Currently, we have the first forum on April 8th organized and ready to go! A second attachment concerns our speaker for that evening. Each commissioner of our eight member board is organizing one forum. The April forum is being led by Mary Lyons and if you have questions concerning this forum in particular, please contact her at

When: Tuesday, April 8, 7:00-9:00 pm
Where: The Harmony Library Community Room, 4616 S. Shields St.

**Click here for Forum Flyer.
**Click here for Presenter Bio.

Creating Community Solutions

A response to President Obama’s call for a national conversation to increase understanding and awareness of mental health.

The two-hour session will be facilitated by Maro Zagoras, a local organizational development expert and owner of Desired Outcomes, Inc.

When: Saturday, April 5, 10a-12p
Fort Collins Marriott on Horsetooth
Interested residents and families
RSVP:  Please include the number of adults and children (under 21) who plan to attend.

For more information:


Safe Routes to School

Do you have a Safe Routes to School story that you would like to share with your legislator? HB14-1301 was introduced to support Safe Routes to School programs across the state. This bill is important to our work because beginning in state fiscal year 2014-15, CDOT will no longer receive federal funding for SRTS grant programs. Since 2005, 175 grants have been funded reaching 793 schools. However, CDOT has only been able to fund 35% of requests to date. The outstanding demand and need is high for these very successful programs. CDOT reports 95% of Colorado schools receiving funding saw a positive increase in students walking and biking to school. If you have stories to share about Safe Routes to School in the Loveland or Fort Collins community please contact your legislator and tell them about it and ask them to support Safe Routes to School in our community. Click here for a list of local legislators and their contact information.

LiveWell Colorado

LiveWell Colorado’s advocacy efforts rely on the strength and voice of the Grassroots Advocacy Power Program (GAPP) participants. GAPP is a group of Colorado citizens who are motivated to actively participate in generating more healthy eating and active living opportunities in your community. We need you to send emails, make phone calls, and share information when needed to influence public policies.

The best part of being a GAPP member is that we make it EASY for you to speak up about issues related to healthy eating and active living. Using our new streamlined and user-friendly advocacy platform, we provide you with background information, tools and sample messaging that allow you to reach out, voice your opinion and make a difference with just one or two minutes of your time. Our action alerts are very targeted to the constituents of the relevant elected officials for a specific bill or issue, so you won’t be inundated with requests.

Join the GAPP Network now and show your support for LiveWell Fort Collins or Loveland (both CanDo) by indicating us as your LiveWell Colorado community when you sign up.

In health,