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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:


In our February newsletter we talked about health and our built environment in relation to our communities. Street design, city planning, zoning, and land use are all important tools to increase walkability and bikeability in our communities.  


There are many ways we can get involved in city-wide planning, like Create Loveland’s community feedback opportunities for their comprehensive plan update, but what can we do on a grass roots level to improve or change the  environment in the neighborhood you live in?


A great place to start is a search on the internet for resources to help you rate the quality of your neighborhood for bicycling and walking and to find out what improvements can be made. Gather your neighbors together and take a group walk and discuss how to improve the walking experience with landscaping, safety improvements, or accessibility improvements.  


Click here to download a neighborhood walking/biking audit.


With the results from the audit, take action! Present your findings to city or county boards or commissions, attend a coalition meeting, write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper, or present at your neighborhood HOA meeting.  

Find out who is responsible for those trees that need to be trimmed or roads that need to be repaired. If the issue needs to be addressed by the city or county, visit their websites to find out where and how to direct your feedback. For example, traffic in neighborhoods can affect the quality of life for residents, bicycles, pedestrians, as well as drivers. If your neighborhood has problems with speeding vehicles, you can visit the city’s websites for information on traffic calming.


For Loveland, click here.  

For Fort Collins, click here.  


What else can YOU do to calm the traffic in your neighborhood? Drive the speed limit. Stop signs, lights and speed bumps can slow traffic down, but so can you. By driving the speed limit (most of the time, 25mph) on neighborhood streets, you encourage others to do the same.  


There are loads of ideas on the internet about how to improve the environment in your neighborhood. Beyond walkability and traffic calming, you might organize a garden tour and invite neighbors to check out one another’s gardens to learn growing tips, sample fresh produce and mingle. Or, arrange carpools. Often people living in the same neighborhood work in the same area or have kids that play on the same sports teams. Set up a ride share in your neighborhood to save gas and money, get to know your neighbors, and get more cars off the road.

For additional resources on grass roots efforts to improve the built environment in your neighborhood, click here. 

Call To Action


Attend a Loveland Planning Commission meeting 


The Comprehensive Plan will be presented to the Planning Commission on July 13 and August 10. Please click here to see the most updated information including the schedule and agenda. Public comments will be presented during this meeting.



CanDo Coalition and Workgroup Meeting Schedule


Fort Collins Coalition

Our next meeting will be July 30 from 8:30-10:00am in the Caribou Training Room (2002 Caribou Dr., Suite 100.)

Built Environment Work Group

Our next meeting will be August 18 from 3:00-4:30pm in the City of Fort Collins Community Room (215 North Mason.) Please note: This is a Tuesday, instead of our usual Wednesday meeting time.


Click here to see minutes from our June meeting.   


Loveland Coalition


Our next coalition meeting will be on September 23 from 11:30am-1:00pm at the Loveland Museum Gallery (503 N. Lincoln.) 


Vida Sana


Our next meeting date is 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.


Download the 2015 CanDo Meeting Calendar here. 


Vida Sana

2015 Health Equity Learning Series Expands


CanDo and Vida Sana are excited to announce that we have been awarded a grant from the Colorado Trust to host a series of four live-streamed trainings on Health Equity. This will be the first year that we will host the learning series in both Fort Collins and Loveland.  



The Next Health Equity Learning Series will be on July 23!   


Speakers for the July 23 series include: Dolores E. Roybal, PhD, MSW, Executive Director, Con Alma Health Foundation and Yvonne Sandoval, MSW, Executive Director, El Valle Women’s Collaborative.

Ms. Roybal  became Con Alma’s executive director in January 2007. A native New Mexican, she has more than 35 years of experience in nonprofit and philanthropy work. She currently serves as a board member of Grantmakers In Health, and as a former board member and chair of the New Mexico Association of Grantmakers (NMAG). Prior positions include program directogr at the Santa Fe Community Foundation and founding executive director of NGO NM, a statewide nonprofit association. She has a master’s in social work (MSW) from the University of Denver and a PhD in organizational behavior and development with a focus on nonprofit management, philanthropy and the nonprofit sector.  Ms. Sandoval is executive director of El Valle Women’s Collaborative, working on economic development and health and wellness in northern New Mexico. Ms. Sandoval co-founded and led Sixth Sun Consulting, which served over 70 local and national nonprofit and for-profit organizations. A Colorado native with family roots in New Mexico, she also serves as an adjunct faculty at the University of Denver.


To RSVP for the Loveland event which will be held at the Rialto Theater, 228 E. 4th Street, please contact Eddie Dominguez at 


To RSVP for the Fort Collins event which will be held in the Caribou Training Room, 2002 Caribou Dr., Suite 100, please contact Edgar Dominguez at 



Future series dates: 


September 17, 2015 - John A. Powell, Executive Director, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society.

Partner News
Northern Colorado Food Cluster

The Northern Colorado Food Cluster is pleased to announce Sandra Greenway as its first Executive Director. For more information on Ms. Greenway and NoCo Food Cluster events, click here.


Larimer County 

New multi-use, recreation and commuter trail connecting Loveland and Fort Collins soon to be a reality.

The 4.4-mile Long View Corridor Trail will run along the east side of North Taft Avenue in Loveland and South Shields Street in Fort Collins, providing a safe, detached, non-motorized alternative to traveling between the two cities. No such trail currently exists connecting Loveland and Fort Collins.

The Long View Corridor Trail will pass through three City of Fort Collins natural areas, one Larimer County open space and one City of Loveland natural area. The five public spaces, consisting of protected agricultural lands and wildlife habitat, will offer future trail users sweeping views of the foothills and mountains.

On the north end, the trail will tie into a sidewalk and underpass leading into the City of Fort Collins’ Cathy Fromme Prairie Natural Area and existing Fossil Creek Trail. “With Cathy Fromme Prairie already having a concrete trail system, pedestrian underpass and trailhead in place, it will be a great destination for folks using the Long View Corridor Trail,” said Jason Stutzman, City of Fort Collins Project Manager. On the south end, the trail will tie into the Loveland Recreation Trail at the City of Loveland’s newly acquired Sunset Vista Natural Area on the corner of 57th Street and North Taft Avenue. At Sunset Vista, Loveland plans to build a trailhead, parking lot and other amenities.

Click here for more information.
Partner Events

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. Click here for more information.

City of Fort Collins - FCBikes


Traffic Skills 101

This 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, fix a flat, on-bike skills, and crash avoidance techniques. We recommended this class for adults and children above age fourteen. This is a 7.5 hour course from 8:30am to 4pm.


Participants should be prepared to ride their bicycle as there is a riding portion of this class. A helmet and bicycle in good working condition are required. A water bottle is recommended. A bicycle can be borrowed from the Bike Library and a helmet is available from the City of Fort Collins FC Bikes program to those who are in need of one.


Participants should bring a lunch. Snacks will be provided.


Attendance is limited to 18 participants. Participants must be 14 years or older.


Click here to register.



City of Loveland


Mehaffey Park Grand Opening

Saturday, August 1, 2015


Mehaffey Park, a 64-acre park meeting the growing recreation needs of Loveland’s northwest quadrant, will be the city’s second-largest community park. The park is located north of 22nd Street, south of 29th Street and west of Wilson Avenue. The park, purchased from the Mehaffey family in 1997, has been under construction since August 2013.

The park features tennis and pickle ball courts, a dog park, an adventure playground and climbing wall, several sports fields, and a skate park.  


Click here for more information on the grand opening festivities!



Women’s USA Pro Challenge


Stage 2 is set! On August 22, the Women’s USA Pro Challenge comes to Loveland and Fort Collins.  


A gentle roll-out through Loveland will let the women riders settle in before this day of racing turns extremely competitive. Once west of Loveland things tilt up and keep climbing for nearly 20 miles as everyone tests their legs on the climb of Buckhorn Canyon. But if the climbers want to win this day they will need to hold off a charging field as the stage furiously descends Rist Canyon and the 18 miles back into Fort Collins. Can the climbers hold off the sprinters or will Fort Collins be treated to a mass field sprint by some of the fastest women in the U.S.?  


The website says there will be a free community ride on July 21. There aren’t any details listed yet, so click here and bookmark for the latest information.    

Garden and Local Food Resources

Farmers Markets are here!

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.


Gardens on Spring Creek   



Yoga in the Gardens

Embrace the natural setting of our botanical gardens in our Yoga in the Gardens summer series presented by the Gardens on Spring Creek and Miramont Lifestyle Fitness.

Set in the lawn of the North Patio, these classes are suitable for all skill levels led by a Miramont Lifestyle Fitness yoga instructor. Bring your own water and mat, and get ready to start the day out in a beautiful way.


Yoga Summer Dates
Saturday, July 11, Aug. 8, and Sept. 5
8:30-9:30am (Check-in begins at 8:00am)


Walk-ins are welcome. Cost is $10 per session. For more information, please contact the Gardens at 970-416-2486.


Click here for information on all of the special events at the 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.  

Volunteer Opportunities

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.