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                Healthy Eating and Active Living in Northern Colorado
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Call To Action
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Loveland Coalition
Fort Collins Coalition
Well Workplace and Healthy Food Environment Networking Sessions
Built Environment Work Group
Vida Sana
Partner Events
Partner News
Upcoming Meetings
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Dear CanDo Coalition Member:


Happy Summer! We hope you are enjoying the beautiful Colorado outdoors and have had the opportunity to sample some of the many fresh fruits and vegetables that are grown right here in our state. Click here for a list of local Farmer’s Markets and read on to see the latest happenings with CanDo and our partners.


For meeting information, see the  2014 CanDo Meeting Calendar. 

Call To Action

Love your bike? REGISTER IT! If it gets stolen you might have a better chance of getting it back. Go to  


Volunteer Opportunities
Bicycle Education Volunteer Opportunity 


Colorado State University Ram Welcome (student move-in):  


Volunteers needed for Onsite Bicycle Education

August 21 from 9:30a-12:30p (lunch provided from 12:30-1:30p)


We are looking for volunteers to help us provide onsite bicycle education to our incoming freshman who are moving in on Thursday August 21st. At varied locations throughout campus, we will station people to help encourage students to safely travel across campus on their bicycle. Specifically we are looking to educate them on proper use of multi-modal paths, dismount zones, and stopping/signaling at stop signs. We also want to educate them on safely securing their bicycles on campus, recommending for them to get a U-lock, and reminding them to register their bikes with CSUPD.


If you are interested in learning more about this volunteer opportunity, please contact me at or (970) 491-7600. We look forward to welcoming incoming students and would love for you to help us educate them on safe cycling.


Passionate about biking? Bike Fort Collins lists many volunteer opportunities, from Safe Routes to School to the Tour De Fat. Check out their page and click on get involved and volunteer.-  

Loveland Coalition

Join us for our Loveland coalition meeting on Wednesday, August 20 from 11:30am-1:00pm at the Loveland Museum & Gallery (503 N. Lincoln.)   


We will have the opportunity to provide feedback on health-related items for the draft visioning document of the Comprehensive Plan update. The Coalition’s feedback will be incorporated in the visioning document before the city council work session on August 26th. Additionally, we’ll hear an update regarding the food assessment (see below) and partners will have an opportunity to share their updates.


Loveland Food Assessment


CanDo Loveland is currently working on assessing the food environment in Loveland. An important part of this assessment is a survey of Loveland agencies serving low-income, food-insecure community members. If you work with this population and have not taken the survey yet please click here: The survey will take approximately 15 minutes and your participation and feedback is greatly appreciated.



Fort Collins Coalition

Save the Date for our next Fort Collins Coalition meeting on Thursday, October 30 from 8:30-10:00am at the Westbridge first floor conference room (1107 S. Lemay Ave.-Across from Poudre Valley Hospital.)

We had a great turnout for our August meeting which included an excellent presentation by CSU’s Fuel for Fun program. To view the presentation, click here.
Well Workplace and Healthy Food Environment Networking Sessions


The next combined Well Workplace and Healthy Food Environment Networking Session will be on Tuesday, August 12th from 11:30am to 1:00pm in the first floor conference room of the Westbridge Building (1107 South Lemay Avenue, across from Poudre Valley Hospital). A light lunch will be served.  


Please RSVP to Bobbie Kay - .  


This is a networking session geared towards inspiring, creating and advancing projects that promote well workplaces and healthy food environments for all Fort Collins residents. Please join us!


Built Environment Work Group


Our next meeting will be on Friday, September 5
10:00 - 11:30 a.m. at the City of Fort Collins Community Room (215 N. Mason).


Click here for the minutes from the August 1 meeting and check out the presentation, “Natural Storm Water Management” by Basil Hamdan, City of Fort Collins Storm Water Engineer.


Also, click here for the minutes from the 7/22/14 City Council work session that focuses on BOB 2.0 (Building on Basics ¼ cent tax.)


Vida Sana

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 two, in the four part series, will take place:
  • 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 from 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 or to RSVP. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP two weeks prior to each event as space is limited.


Partner Events


Healthy Kids Club


Halloween Hustle-Saturday, October 11




The 15th Annual Halloween Hustle at Centerra is brought to you by Healthy Kids Club, a community health program sponsored by University of Colorado Health to promote health and physical activity among elementary age children.

Serving northern Colorado since 1998, Healthy Kids Club offers programs that include The Healthy Kids Run Series, among other activities and healthy education programs. The run series offers kids ages 5-12 the opportunity to participate in nine free 1-mile fun runs.

Registration is now open for the Halloween Hustle on October 19! For more information, please visit University of Colorado Health’s Healthy Kids Club website. 




City of Fort Collins


Garden to Fork 2014

Every Thursday, July 31-Sept. 18


The Gardens offers a perfect excuse to explore new culinary adventures, have a date night, get together with your friends or meet new ones at our Garden to Fork Cooking Nights!

Presented in partnership with University of Colorado Health, this Garden to Fork series will highlight the process of harvesting fresh produce grown in the Garden of Eatin’ at the Gardens on Spring Creek and transforming the ingredients into a healthy, delicious culinary dish.


Dates: Every Thursday, July 31-Sept. 18
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Cost: $25

Learn more and Reserve Your Seat at our Table  



Great Outdoor Colorado

GOCO has relied on input from Coloradans across the state to decide how lottery funds should be invested in the great outdoors.    


GOCO holds regular statewide stakeholder meetings to help us ensure that our investments continue to meet the needs of all Coloradans.

The current strategic plan was formulated after extensive outreach. It identifies funding priorities and initiatives for our Board, and has guided our grant-making and investments since it was adopted in 2010.  


Now it is time to develop a new strategic plan to guide our work for the next five to 10 years.



GOCO will host 14 public forums around the state in August. You are invited to be part of the process to help set GOCO’s priorities for the next five years.


Join us on Aug. 13 in Fort Collins from 6 - 8 p.m. 

Boyd Lake Room, Courthouse office building, 200 W. Oak Street.   



Ride Sally Rides


Thursdays at 5:30pm, May - October


Ride, Sally Rides (RSR) are a weekly opportunity for women to get together and spend time in the saddle. We are not a new bike club. We are riders, racers, students, moms, locals, visitors, and friends who want to pedal together on Thursday evenings. This is simply a weekly excuse to branch out of our social networks to experience new rides and new people in and around Fort Collins. Rides are determined by each week’s volunteer leader, and range in difficulty and style - from social rides to fitness rides; road, trail, or dirt. We’ll use the community BAP calendar to post ride leaders and details at least a week in advance. Let’s get that calendar filled up! Time to show off your favorite ride!


To lead a ride or to join the weekly ride notification list, contact




FAB Rides FoCo


Family bicycling anyone? FAB Rides FoCo hosts neighborhood rides around Fort Collins. There is one next month on August 14 at 6:00pm from Lee Martinez Park. Go to their Facebook page

Or send email to  



Plant It Forward


New this year, Plant It Forward has recruited neighborhood champions who have offered their home or office as a convenient fresh produce drop off point. Each champion will ensure the produce is delivered to Food Bank to help our neighbors in need. To find a drop off point in your neighborhood, click here.  


Remember to look for the Plant It Forward sign in the yard and collection bin! No donation is too small! The Food Bank for Larimer County gladly accepts all produce donations.

Learn more about the Plant It Forward program!   



The Growing Project


The Growing Project’s Food Finder team has the goal of rescuing 15,000 lbs. of unwanted/excess produce from local growers and donating it to nonprofits that feed the hungry.

In conjunction with this goal, we are asking the community to take part in helping us raise $15,000 to support our organizing. You can do this by making a pledge for produce.  


Pledge a penny, nickel, dime, or dollar per pound of produce we rescue up to the amount of your choice.  Your support helps immensely!  To make a pledge visit or email”




Girl Scout Troop 1748  

Healthy Mind + Healthy Body = Fantastic Me  


Come out to learn about fitness, food and fun to stay strong for life.

During the event you’ll learn about the importance of nutrition in your life to keep a healthy mind and a healthy body. 



  • Get to know your body and know how your body works
  • Meet health experts
  • Learn which foods help you or hurt you when it comes to sleep, stress and skin
  • How diet affects your stress levels and ways to relieve some of that stress, and more.

When: October 12 from 11:30-3:30pm

Where: The Ranch Events Complex 


For more information, click here.    

CanDo Partner News

Poudre School District

Farm to School Expo - Wednesday, August 13, 4:00-7:00pm
at the PSD Warehouse - 1502 S. Timberline Rd, Fort Collins

Meet and Support your Local Farmers!

  •  Food will be provided!
  •  Learn about local products sold in school meals!
  •  1st 100 students receive a FREE T-shirt!
  •  Raffle for prizes!





We are happy to announce that Google Transit is now available for trip planning on Transfort! You may access Google Transit through Transfort’s website. Look for the “Plan Your Trip” section and click “Start Planning”. This will take you to a rider tools page where you can go to “Plan Your Trip” to enter a starting and ending location, departure or arrival time, and other options.

You can also access the trip planner on the Ride Transfort app or direct through Google Transit.  Bing maps also provides transit trip planning.

Trip planning can be used on routes within Fort Collins, as well as the FLEX regional route, which travels between Fort Collins and Longmont and provides connections to RTD.

Please note that Google Transit may not show detours or other important travel information, so be sure to double check your route and travel times using a schedule and viewing detour alerts (available on the website and through the Ride Transfort app). 

For more information, visit Or call Transfort at 970.221.6620.




City of Fort Collins West Central Area Plan


Updated vision and priorities for the West Central Area of the city, focusing on neighborhood character, transportation needs, the natural environment, and a new design for Prospect Road (from Shields to College).


Open House
Save the date! Join us for an open house on Thursday, September 18 at the Fort Collins Senior Center (1200 Raintree Dr.). Drop in any time between 4:00 and 7:00 p.m. to share your thoughts on the vision, policy options, and potential action items for the plan. This open house will also include preliminary design options for the Prospect Road corridor.  

 Upcoming Meetings 

Well Workplace and Healthy Food Environment Networking Sessions - Fort Collins-Tuesday, August 12
11:30 - 1:00 p.m. in the Westbridge Office Building 1st floor conference room
(1107 S. Lemay Ave.-Across from Poudre Valley Hospital)

Loveland Coalition-Wednesday, August 20 
11:30am-1:00pm at the Loveland Museum Gallery (503 N. Lincoln.)

Fort Collins Coalition -Thursday, October 30    

8:30 - 10:00 a.m. in the Westbridge Office Building 1st floor conference room (1107 S. Lemay Ave.-Across from Poudre Valley Hospital)

BEWG (Built Environment Work Group) -

Friday, September 5

10:00 - 11:30 a.m. at the City of Fort Collins Room 2D (215 N. Mason)

In health,