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CanDo News
Healthy Eating and Active Living in Fort Collins and Loveland 
In This Issue
Call To Action
Meeting Schedule
Vida Sana
School Wellness
Built Environment
Worksite Wellness
Local Food and Gardens
Partner Events
Local and National HEAL News
Quick Links


Dear CanDo Coalition Member:
Healthy People 2020 defines health equity as the “attainment of the highest level of health for all people.”  Or, another way to describe Health Equity is the efforts to ensure that ALL people have full and equal access to opportunities that enable them to lead healthy lives. Vida Sana (translation: Healthy Lifestyle) is a community coalition that has dedicated the past three years to reducing health inequities in the Fort Collins community. In association with CanDo and the UCHealth Community Health Improvement Department, and with funding from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), Office of Health Equity, Vida Sana has combined both direct and indirect interventions to address the barriers known to exist between underserved populations and an improved health status.
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.
In addition, the City of Fort Collins Recreation Division, Northside Aztlan Community Center has served as an enthusiastic partner offering access to free, culturally-relevant, evidence-based wellness programs and nutrition education. This has enabled the program to assist residents with “wrap around” services involving a holistic view of health and the community. Click here for more information.
The Vida Sana program has focused its work on the following:
  • Increasing access to nutritious food
  • Affordable and suitable housing
  • Safe workplaces and homes
  • Walkable neighborhoods
  • Affordable, reliable public transportation
  • Clean water and air

Vida Sana is busy this spring and summer with several community programs and projects in the works including a health fair and summer camp. Click here for more information.  


Call To Action

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.


After seven meetings since December 2014, on February 22, the Loveland Planning Commission unanimously recommended approval of Create Loveland to the City Council. Create Loveland was presented to City Council during a study session on Tuesday April 12, 2016. Look for Create Loveland to be on the City Council agenda in late June with the opportunity for public comment.

Between now and final adoption of the comprehensive plan, here’s how you can help:

Click here for all of the information you need to participate and get your voice heard including contact information for the Planning Commission, City Council and the Reporter Herald. In addition, a step-by-step process to help you gather your thoughts and develop an email, letter or 3-minute speech is provided.
If you choose to take action, please let Kelly Haworth
know. We’d like to track efforts in our community for our grant and program reports and we’d like to offer help if needed.   
CanDo and Vida Sana Meeting Schedule

Built Environment Work Group (BEWG)

Our next meeting will be Tuesday, May 17 from 3:30-4:30pm in Routt Hall Room 103Charles Futoran from the Health District of Northern Larimer County will be joining our May meeting to discuss a follow-up project to our Lincoln Middle School Audits.

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 Coalition
Our next meeting will be Thursday, May 19 from 11:30am-1:00pm at the Loveland Museum and Gallery (503 N. Lincoln Ave.)

Join CanDo Loveland for a special coalition meeting to kick start the citizens task force for walking and biking. This group will focus on creating safe environments to make walking and biking fun and easy. Our first meeting will include guest speakers from the City of Loveland who will provide education on the City of Loveland budgeting process. Please RSVP to Kelly Haworth at by May 16.
Vida Sana

Our next meeting will be Monday, May 23 from 10:30am-12:00pm at Northside Aztlan Community Center (112 Willow St., Fort Collins.)
Vida Sana

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Vida Sana Feria de Salud - Vida Sana Health Fair   

On Saturday, May
14, Vida Sana will be hosting a health fair at Poudre Valley Mobile Home Park. If you are interested in hosting a fun activity-based table, click here for the application form. If you have any additional questions, contact Edgar Dominguez at
Evening at Fort Collins City Hall

Join Vida Sana, the Family Leadership Training Institute (FLTI), and the Fort Collins Women’s Commission for a field trip to City Hall on Tuesday, May 17 at 6:00pm. This informal event will introduce community members to city government and how to be involved in council processes. For more information or to RSVP, contact Deirdre Sullivan at

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.
Vida Sana Tackles Food Insecurity 
  • Colorado continues to rank 45th in the nation for access to food stamps and falls well below the national average of 75% for enrollment at only 57%, with nearly half of those eligible missing out on the nutrition they need.
  • Colorado leaves millions of dollars on the federal table and loses more than $686 million annually in grocery sales.
  • Larimer County was ranked 9th out of 10 of the large CO counties in connecting families to food stamps (40% of eligible residents are actually enrolled)
  • Access to healthy, affordable food is a recommended strategy for obesity prevention
Vida Sana is excited to partner with The Northern Colorado Food Cluster to assist the Larimer County Dept of Human Services in increasing the number of families enrolled in SNAP/Food stamps. With funding from Kaiser Permanente, Vida Sana promotoras will integrate food insecurity screening and referral to their work. Funding will also provide a part time contractor to work exclusively on enrolling families in SNAP.
School Wellness

Action for Healthy Kids 

AFHK’s 2015-16 Wellness Wednesday Webinar Series

Looking for practical tips about healthy classroom parties, taste tests, yoga in the classroom and other wellness activities? Don’t miss our Wellness Wednesday Webinar Series. Join us live from 2-2:30 MT on the second Wednesday of each month. Register, view archived webinars and learn more.
  • September 9 - Not a Brain Break, But a Brain Energizer (archived)
  • October 14 - Having Fun with Healthy Classroom Parties (archived)
  • November 11 - Getting Kids to Try Healthy Foods with Taste Tests (archived)
  • December 9 - Motivating Students with Yoga in the Classroom (archived)
  • January 13 - Bringing Play Indoors when the Weather Gets Bad
  • February 10 - How to Host a Health & Wellness Fair
  • March 9 - Growing Your School Garden
  • April 13 - Volunteer for Healthy Schools
  • May 11 - Walk and Bike to School Programs that Engage Kids and Families 
Built Environment

Built Environment Work Group
Institute for the Built Environment (IBE) has developed a strong partnership with Vida Sana, a CanDo coalition that serves Tres Colonias residents in addressing health disparities, and plans to do the same with the Board Members of El Museo de las Tres Colonias, a neighborhood historical museum. With the support of these organizations, IBE will hold bilingual community charrettes to inform and engage the residents around three connected projects.

The first project will be the promotion and enhancement of an existing community garden at El Museo that will be re-planted and reinvigorated summer of 2016 by Vida Sana. IBE and Vida Sana will engage youth at Northside Aztlan Community Center and Romero Park to become involved with the new garden. IBE will facilitate art sessions with interested youth to create educational and promotional signs in English and Spanish educating garden visitors and attracting passersby.

The second project will be focused on engaging residents in plans for a new City park to be built at the center of all three communities beginning spring 2017. IBE will facilitate community design sessions to inspire residents to share their ideas for features they would like to see in the new park. IBE will then present the results of the park visioning sessions to the City of Fort Collins before stage one of the park construction begins.

The third project will be community design charrettes hosted at El Museo to create a promenade connecting the community garden and the new park using wayfinding signage, painted tiles, and other design features.
We will have our next meeting at the Institute for the Built Environment at 3:30 pm on Tuesday May 17 in Routt Hall Room 103. Please feel free to contact Colin Day at or Katherine Vega at if you have any questions. We hope to see you there!
Worksite Wellness
Health LinksTM

Health LinksTM is a nonprofit initiative based at the Colorado 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

Gardens on Spring Creek Gardens

Spring Plant Sale
May 7-8

The Gardens will have just what you need to grow a beautiful landscape, bountiful veggie garden, and lively containers this spring!

Staff horticulturists, volunteers, High Plains Environmental Center, and students from CSU and Front Range Community College have been planning since January to get thousands of annuals, herbs, perennials, and veggie starts ready.

Click here for more information and sale hours.

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

Spring Plant Sale
May 19

Come out and support the Loveland Youth Gardener programs. Many varieties of tomatoes available!


Farmers Markets are back!

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
Loveland Historic Preservation Commission

Tour De Pants 
May 7
Milner-Schwarz House 
Fairgrounds Park off Railroad Avenue

This free event is sponsored by the Loveland Historic Preservation Commission. Residents are once again invited to get a little exercise while learning about local history. The Tour de Pants-an organized bike tour through Loveland that explores and highlights Loveland’s past-this year’s route will highlight historic buildings and how they have been repurposed for modern day use.

The event will start at 8:00am at the Milner-Schwarz House featuring the new Garden Railroad. Historians Jeff and Cindy Feneis will lead the bike tour featuring historic buildings. The bike tour will end at the Feed & Grain where the festival will begin.

Click here for more information.

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

City of Fort Collins - FCBikes

Gear up for bicycling year round with classes, special events, and resources for spring riding.
Bicycling Classes
  • Bicycle Friendly Driver Certification
  • Learn to Ride for Women-4-Week Class
  • Everyday Cycling
  • Women on a Roll
  • Smart Cycling
  • Cycling With Children 
  • Cycle Touring Basics
Registration and information is available through the Recreator or by calling the Recreator registration desk at (970) 221-6256. 
Did you know we also offer classes by request for businesses or organizations? Check out the Bicycle Ambassador Program website for more information.

Food Bank for Larimer County

Saturday, May 28
Loveland Food Share
2600 N. Lincoln, Loveland

The Front Range Rally is a festival celebrating Colorado’s rich culture of craft brewing and the emergence of a growing cadre of quality mobile food vendors. The two certainly go hand-in-hand and are a logical choice to support the work of Food Bank for Larimer County.

One hundred percent of the net proceeds from the festival go directly to Food Bank for Larimer County. Staffed by 39 employees and supported by 2,762 volunteers, the Food Bank for Larimer County distributed 8.9 million pounds of food in 2015 to low-income residents throughout Larimer County. Front Range Rally is proud to be part of their mission. You can find more information about them at 

Click here for tickets and information.


Open Streets
Sunday, June 5 
Corbett Drive-Harmony to Kechter

Come Play in the Street! Kick off Summer with our third year of Open Streets, car-free events that feature plenty of open space with activity hubs in between. Bring your whole family, discover a new neighborhood, connect with local business, and experience what streets are made for: to move people, not just cars.
Local and National HEAL News

Safe Routes to School National Partnership

2016 State Report Cards

Making Strides: State Report Cards on Support for Walking, Bicycling, and Active Kids and Communities

These report cards provide a snapshot of how supportive each state is of walking, bicycling, and physical activity for children and adults as of 2016.

The report cards primarily look at state policy focusing on four key areas: Complete Streets and Active Transportation, Safe Routes to School and Active Transportation Funding, Active Neighborhoods and Schools, and State Physical Activity Planning and Support.

For more information and to view the report cards, click here.

In health,