Dear CanDo Coalition Member:
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.
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.
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 Co
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.
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
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:
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
Our next meeting will be Monday, May 23 from 10:30am-12:00pm at Northside Aztlan Community Center (112 Willow St., Fort Collins.)
Built Environment Work Group (BEWG)
Our next meeting will be Tuesday, May 17 from 3:30-4:30pm in Routt Hall Room 103. Charles
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.
or Katherine Vega at email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Our next meeting will be Thursday, May 19 from 11:30am-1:00pm at the Loveland Museum and Gallery (503 N. Lincoln Ave.)
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.
to Kelly Haworth at Kelly.Haworth@uchealth.org
by May 16.
| Vida Sana
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 email@example.com.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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 Colin.Day@colostate.edu
or Katherine Vega at Katherine.firstname.lastname@example.org
if you have any questions. We hope to see you there!
| Worksite Wellness
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 HealthLinksCertified.org to get started.
We invite you to join us for any of our upcoming events - contact Michelle at email@example.com for questions and to get more information.
|Local Food and Gardens
Gardens on Spring Creek
Spring Plant Sale
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
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.
Loveland Historic Preservation Commission
Tour De Pants
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 healthykidsclub.org.
City of Fort Collins - FCBikes
Gear up for bicycling year round with classes, special events, and resources for spring riding.
- 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.
Open Streets Sunday, June 5
Food Bank for Larimer County Saturday, May 28
2:30-7:30pm Loveland Food Share2600 N. Lincoln, Loveland
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.
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 http://www.foodbanklarimer.org/
Corbett Drive-Harmony to Kechter
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.