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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:

Who is ready for biking weather?!

Fort Collins is entering the world of Bike Share

Bike share is an innovative public transportation program offering a network of bicycles for short-term use. Through automated, self-service bike check-out stations, bike share combines the flexibility and freedom of a bicycle with the accessibility of public transportation. Bike share systems enhance mobility within a city, promote tourism and economic development, and offer a fun and healthy way of getting around town. Extending the reach of public transit, bike share systems create connections -
connecting people to where they live, work and play, and to other modes of transportation.

Bike Share differs slightly from the FC Bike Library    

Station-based bike share is designed to serve as a mobility option for shorter, spontaneous trips. This type of bike share can enhance the reach of transit, allow for short commuter trips, errands and lunchtime trips, as well as provide visitor connections to breweries, Old Town, and CSU.  

Click here for more information on Bike Share or visit the Bike Share kiosk at the Downtown Transit Center for maps, helmets and visitor information!
Fort Collins Bike Share Launch
Friday, April 1

Ribbon Cutting & Group Ride
Noon - 1:00pm
Downtown Transit Center
Bring your bike for a tour of nearby stations after the ceremony.

Celebration with Live Music
Old Town Square

Other Bike News!
April 3-9 is Bike Safety Week

Ride Smart Drive Smart is an initiative developed collaboratively by FC Bikes, the Bicycle Ambassador Program and Fort Collins Police Services to increase road user safety through education and enforcement. Ride Smart Drive Smart aims to reduce the number of unsafe riding and driving behaviors that are most likely to cause a crash involving a person on a bicycle.
In addition to ongoing enforcement, Bike Safety Weeks are scheduled throughout the year to encourage safe bicycling and driving behavior. During Bike Safety Weeks, officers conduct focused education and enforcement in areas of town that experience higher numbers of bicycle-vehicle crashes and potential for user conflict. Officers contact people on bikes and people in cars as a holistic approach to advancing safety in our community, while prioritizing violations that have a greater potential to result in injury. In addition, the FC Bikes Bicycle Ambassador Program provides in-the-field education at key locations around Fort Collins. Click here for more information.

Click here to see more biking events in Fort Collins. 

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.

Updating the Comprehensive Plan represents a critical opportunity to respond to community needs and to institutionalize community values through health-related policies.  We’re reaching out to ask for your help in our final push. During February and March of 2016, we anticipate that the Comprehensive Plan will enter its final phase.  First, it will be presented to the Planning Commission for a recommendation and then it will be presented to City Council for formal approval and adoption. Our elected and appointed officials have stated they want to hear from Loveland’s citizens, so now is the time to reiterate the value of your participation and your voice.


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 has been rescheduled to be presented to City Council during a study session on Tuesday April 12, 2016. 

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.

Health District of Northern Larimer County Election

The Health District of Northern Larimer County has been meeting local healthcare needs since 1960. They provide dental, mental health, prescription assistance and health promotion services to the residents of northern Larimer County. They also partner with other local organizations to assess and plan for the larger health-care needs of our community.

The Health District is a special tax district - like a school, fire or water district - that was created by voters in 1960 to serve the health needs of our community. It is local government, operating under special district laws of the State of Colorado and is primarily supported by local property tax dollars and governed by a publicly elected, five-member board.

Two board positions are currently up for election which will be held Tuesday, May 3. To find out more information about the election including where to vote and how to request an absentee ballot, go to 
The League of Women Voters of Larimer County will moderate a candidate’s forum April 6, 7:00 pm, in the Fort Collins City Council chambers, 300 Laporte Ave. The public is invited. Members of the audience are requested to arrive by 6:45 in order to submit written questions for the candidates. The forum will be replayed on the city’s Cable 14. Check for dates and times.
CanDo and Vida Sana Meeting Schedule

Vida Sana

Our next meeting will be Monday, April 18 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, April 19 from 3:00-4:00pm in Routt Hall Room 103. 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 
Vida Sana

Vida Sana Events
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, contact Edgar Dominguez at for more information.

Also, we are seeking a donation of a commercial/classroom style trailer to place in Poudre Valley Mobile Home Park. Our partnership with management has resulted in an invitation to bring in a trailer for family programming.
Anyone with information or ideas on how to locate a trailer for donation can contact Deirdre Sullivan at

Mes Nacional de la Salud de las Minorías/National Minority
Health Month
En honor al Mes Nacional de la Salud de las Minorías, el Centro para la Práctica de la  Salud Pública de Colorado será el anfitrión de la Cumbre de Salud de las Minorías: Es hora de actuar! Acelerar la equidad en salud en Colorado el 29 de Abril en la Universidad del Estado de Colorado. El evento de día completo orientado a la acción hará hincapié en los temas de salud de interés para las personas de color, y contará con el orador principal Dayna Bowen Mateo, JD, Fundación Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow y Profesor de Derecho, Universidad de la Escuela de Derecho de Colorado; paneles temáticos, sesiones de desarrollo de habilidades, y la creación de redes entre estudiantes y profesionales. La Cumbre es gratuita, y se le proporcionará el almuerzo. El espacio es limitado, así que por favor regístrese hoy!
In honor of National Minority Health Month, the Center for Public Health Practice Colorado School of Public Health will host the Minority Health Summit: Time for Action! Accelerating Health Equity in Colorado on April 29 at Colorado State University. This action-oriented, full-day event will highlight health issues of concern for people of color and will feature keynote speaker Dayna Bowen Matthew, JD, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellow and Professor of Law, University of Colorado Law School; topical panels, skill-building sessions, and networking between students and professionals. The Summit is free, and lunch will be provided. Space is limited, so please register today! 
CUANDO/WHEN: 29 de Abril de 2016 - April 29, 2016
HORA/TIME: 8:30am - 4:00pm
DONDE/WHERE: Lory Student Center North Ballroom, 682-954 University Ave., Colorado State University

School Wellness

Thompson School District

Wellness highlights include:
  • TSD wellness provided 10 mini-grants to support school-related wellness efforts including funding for before and after-school programming, intramurals, behavioral health resources, staff wellness opportunities, etc.
  • Lincoln Elementary School received the Healthy School Champion $500 award.
  • 55 TSD staff participating in Healthy Wage weight loss program.
  • 125 staff participating in Stride with Pride, TSD (a 5k training program.)
  • All TSD elementary schools participated in Healthy Kids Club Schools On the Move.

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 our March meeting, BEWG conducted a walking audit at Lincoln Middle School with partners from Vida Sana, Partners for Age-Friendly Communities (PAFC), the City of Fort Collins, Pedal FC, FC Bikes, Bike FC, and the Boys & Girls Club of Larimer County. Everyone had a fantastic time working in groups to audit pedestrian and bicycle routes near LMS (in sunny weather, thank goodness). The students who joined us from the Boys and Girls Club were an incredible help as they have first-hand experience with the walkways, roads, and infrastructure around their school. I was excited to see a thriving community of advocates do incredible collaborative work focused on pedestrian/bicyclist health and well-being at this event. On that note, I would like to send a big thank you to everyone who participated in the walking audit! BEWG looks forward to working with our new friends in future walk audits and projects.
We are currently pursuing a joint-project grant with Vida Sana to conduct health-focused data collection and dissemination at a neighborhood-scale. The results of the project would benefit the communities being served by the Vida Sana promotoras and will provide necessary data for the creation of future projects. This joint-project grant will be discussed in more detail at our next meeting.
We will have our next meeting at the Institute for the Built Environment at 3:00 pm on Tuesday April 19th 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

Training Event in conjunction with Colorado Culture of Health Conference

The Impact of Worksite Wellness:

Leveraging Employee Needs to Kick-Start Successful Programming
Strategically integrating wellness and safety programming can have a dramatic effect on employee happiness, productivity, and overall quality of life. This session will train employers on how to convey the importance of wellness through a convincing business proposition, assess employee needs, and help establish the first steps towards kick-starting a successful program.

When: April 26th from 2:00-4:00pm
Where: Colorado Convention Center
Cost: $25.00
To register, please visit and click on the registration link.

What is WFA? Read this blog post to find out about it. Work From Anywhere (WFA): Managing Oneself to Maximize Productivity (not to mention lots of other good stuff)

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

Northern Colorado Food Cluster

Fort Collins Winter Farmers Market

When: 10:00am-2:00 pm
Where: Downtown Fort Collins at the Opera Galleria, 123 N. College Ave.  
  • April 9, 23
The primary mission for the Fort Collins Winter Farmers Markets is to support local food producers, to provide an outlet for direct sales to consumers, encourage season extension and increased supplies of fresh produce and whole foods in the region, and to educate consumers about the variety of local foods that are produced and sold during the fall, winter and early spring. The Winter Farmers Market facilitates the creation of relationships between producers and consumers. Click here for market updates.

Partner Events
City of Fort Collins - FCBikes

Gear up for bicycling year round with classes, special events, and resources for spring riding.
bikingScavenger Hunt by Bike

Explore your city by bike, March through April! Spring is a perfect time to ride a bike, so grab your bike and roll around town on this fun, family-friendly, and self-paced adventure. Follow FC Bikes on Facebook and Twitter for weekly clues, or download clues. Submit your completed adventure by May 2 for a chance to win prizes!
Did you know we also offer classes by request for businesses or organizations? Check out the Bicycle Ambassador Program website for more information.

Bicycling Classes

Sign up for Spring Bicycling Classes like Bicycle Friendly Driver Certification and Everyday Cycling. Registration and information is available through the Recreator or by calling the Recreator registration desk at (970) 221-6256.


Food Bank for Larimer County

With flavorful food, complementing beverages and a passion for helping the hungry, the area’s top chefs, restaurants, wineries and breweries gather for THE TASTE, a major fundraising event for the Food Bank for Larimer County. You won’t find another opportunity to try a wide variety of fabulous food and delicious drink under one roof!

All guests at THE TASTE enjoy unlimited tastings of delicious food and fabulous drink and the opportunity to chat with local chefs, wine experts and brew masters in a fun-filled cocktail party atmosphere. Guests also have an opportunity to vote for their favorite restaurant to award the “Toast of THE TASTE.” Live music and a silent auction filled with fun items and experiences donated by local businesses round out the evening.

April 14, 2015 - 6:00-9:00pm at the Hilton Fort Collins  

(5:00pm VIP entrance, 6:00pm General admission)


Women’s Health Symposium: Take Charge of your Health 

Friday, April 15 2016
Medical Center of the Rockies
Long’s Peak Room
2500 Rocky Mountain Ave., Loveland
Women’s Clinic of Northern Colorado and UCHealth Community Health Improvement are excited to announce a Women’s Health Symposium: Take Charge of your Health, to be held on April 15th at MCR. This symposium focuses on the proven technique of mindfulness and features Dr. Michelle May as the keynote speaker.  She will primarily address “mindful eating,” and an outstanding panel of local experts will apply the same principles of mindfulness to physical exercise, stress reduction, etc.

The symposium includes:

Health and Medical Professionals Breakfast Session - 7:00-9:30am 
  • Mindful Eating: A Sustainable Approach to a Healthy Lifestyle
  • Evidence-based
  • Skills to guide your clients/patients to eat mindfully and live vibrantly
Community Members Lunch Session - 10:00am-3:15pm
  • Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat: How to Break Your Eat-Repent-Repeat  Cycle
  • Stop yo-yo dieting and weight cycling
  • Learn how to use the Mindful Eating Cycle to guide your eating naturally.
  • Interactive small group sessions with local experts
  • Experience a “mindful” guided lunch with Dr. May
A $25.00 ticket to either session includes:
  • A Mindful Meal
  • Copy of Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat: How to Break Your Eat-Repent-Repeat Cycle by Dr. Michelle May
  • Question and Answer opportunities
Register soon, seating is limited.

Local and National HEAL News

Healthy People 2030

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has already begun its planning for Healthy People 2030, scheduled for release in 2020. For those unfamiliar with the process, “The Healthy People initiative establishes disease prevention and health promotion objectives for the Nation.” The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) is seeking nominations  for members of the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2030. Deadline -  April 18, 2016


Surgeon General’s all to Action - Walking as a Practice

Sponsored by America Walks

Thursday, April 14th, 12:00 pm (MDT)

This webinar will take a closer look at the “Walking as a Practice” report that was released in January. This report outlines four categories that identify how individuals and organizations are engaging in the practice of walking.

Click here for more information and to register.

Looking at Policies Through a Health Lens

Good health doesn’t start just at the doctor’s office. Where we live, learn, work, and play can influence healthy behaviors.

While an individual can take steps to change her behavior - for example, to exercise more - it takes individuals and organizations working together to reshape the physical environment, such as through policies related to playgrounds and reliable public transit, to help create healthy, vibrant neighborhoods.

Click here to see how policies can affect how physically active we are.

In health,