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CanDo News
                Healthy Eating and Active Living in Northern Colorado
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Call To Action
CanDo News
CanDo Coalition and Workgroup Meeting Schedule
Vida Sana
Partner News
Garden Resources
Partner Events
Volunteer Opportunities
Quick Links


Dear CanDo Coalition Member:


The weather is warming, the trees are budding, and our brains are turning to dirt…the gardening kind. After hibernating most of the winter, most of us can’t wait to see some color in our gardens and fresh, homegrown veggies in our salad. It’s no secret that gardening benefits everyone from seniors to youth. Here are some of the ways that gardening can impact our community:

  • Gardening captures kids’ interest, teaches them nurturing skills, gives them a sense of pride in their accomplishments, introduces them to healthful foods, and provides a way to improve and give back to the
  • Community and backyard gardens can provide a new outlet for fresh fruits and vegetables and can play an important role in increasing access to healthy foods
  • Community gardens can increase our social capital through the development of social ties and networks 
  • Gardens help reduce run off and improve soil conditions
  • Do you want to know more about the benefits of gardening? Click here for a great resource.

In Fort Collins and Loveland we are lucky to have numerous gardening resources.  One such organization, is Loveland Youth Gardeners,a local non-profit that has been serving youth and community through promotion of gardens since 1996 Their mission is to cultivate skills, stewardship and service in young people through sustainable gardening and healthy living practices. They operate many youth education programs, including, Youth Educational Outreach, Youth Gardening Program, Leaf Out, and Green Adventures. They are also a proud sponsor of the Loveland Plant a Row for the Hungry Program which has provided almost 150,000 pounds of produce to area food banks.


All of their programs strive to help young people understand what it means to live a healthy lifestyle, with a specific focus on growing, cooking, and eating healthy food. Last year, students helped develop and nurture 12 garden spaces around town. This provided healthy outdoor exercise, an abundant education on the development, planting and caretaking of a garden, while also serving their community and producing food for themselves, their families and their neighbors.


To find out more about their programs and how you can get involved,

click here.


Read on for more CanDo and partner happenings and to learn about more gardening resources in our communities!

Call To Action

City of Fort Collins

Don’t forget to vote by April 7! 

Besides voting for Mayor of Fort Collins and several City Council seats, voters will finally have the opportunity to vote on BOB 2.0 - Ballot Issue No. 1

This initiative will extend the quarter cent sales and use tax extension to support community projects. Many of the projects are in line with CanDo’s vision and mission including the Safe Routes to Everywhere with bicycle infrastructure and sidewalk improvements, implementing nature in the city, and recreation facilities for residents on the south side of Fort Collins. For additional information on Ballot Issue No. 1, click here. Ballots were mailed in March and need to be mailed or dropped off by April 7. Click here for information on how and when to return your ballot.

City of Loveland

Help Shape the Future of Loveland’s Recreation Facilities.

Click here to provide your ideas on future indoor and outdoor recreation facilities in Loveland.


Weigh in on the new draft of the Loveland Comprehensive Plan.

On April 28, the Loveland City Council will be presented with the latest draft of the Comprehensive Plan. Let the Council members know your thoughts on the plan by visiting Open City Hall. You can also fill out this Online Comment Form. To read the latest Plan documents, click here.

CanDo News


Experts from Colorado’s chapter of the Urban Land  Institute (ULI), a land-use research and policy group came to Loveland on April 2 for a thorough study of ways to better connect residents along U.S. Highway 287 in north Loveland to goods and services offered in their neighborhoods.

Click here to read the article in the Loveland Reporter Herald and contact Katie Guthrie at if you have additional questions. 


Outcomes of the study and workshop will be posted in the May newsletter.




CanDo Coalition and Workgroup Meeting Schedule


Fort Collins Coalition


Our next coalition meeting will be April 30 from 8:30-10am in the Westbridge conference room and will feature a presentation from Sarah Morales, Larimer County Wellness Benefits Coordinator and Jen Strating, Biofeedback Therapist, titled Serenity Now! 21 Days to Less Stress: A creative approach to managing stress at the workplace and at home. We will also have a presentation from Jane Hunt, CHIP Implementation Coordinator, Larimer County Department of Health and Environment on the Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) and how you can get involved.   


Loveland Coalition


Our next coalition meeting will be on May 20 from 11:30am-1:00pm (location TDB).  


Built Environment Work Group


Save the date for our next meeting on April 15 from 3:00-4:30pm in the Community Room (215 N. Mason). 


Vida Sana


Our next meeting will be April 27 from 10:00-11:30am at the Northside Aztlan Community Center (112 E. Willow Street, Fort Collins) 


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.  


Keep your calendar open for future dates which include:

  • July 23, 2015 - Dolores E. Roybal, PhD, MSW, Executive Director, Con Alma Health Foundation and Yvonne Sandoval, MSW, Executive Director, El Valle Women’s Collaborative
  • September 17, 2015 - John A. Powell, Executive Director, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society

The February 5 live-streamed presentation, Health Equity and Community Engagement, was well-attended in both Fort Collins and Loveland.  

Watch the video here.  


Partner News

City of Fort Collins - Bike Library

Reopens April 3!

Access to bicycles is easier than ever because of local bike shares like the City of Fort Collins’ Bike Library program. Whether you’re visiting Fort Collins or you’ve lived here for years, the local Bike Library has a bicycle for you.


Located in the Fort Collins Downtown Transit Center, 250 N. Mason Street, the Bike Library opens for their eighth season April 3, at 9 a.m. This year, they have expanded their hours of operation; spring operation hours are Monday through Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Thursday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Borrowing a bike from the library is simple with an ID and credit card required for the initial sign-up. In addition to a bike, riders receive a helmet, lock, trail map and destination suggestions. Bike rentals cost ten dollars per day, however, that fee is waived if the bike is returned the same day before 1 p.m.

There are 170 bikes in the library fleet, the majority of which are adult styles and various youth bikes, trailers, tag-alongs and cargo bikes. Forty of those bikes will be available at the Downtown Transit Center (250 N. Mason Street), many of which received fresh paint and components for the new season.  

City of Fort Collins - FC Bikes

Free Traffic Skills 101

Traffic Skills 101 (TS101) 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 7.5-hour class for adults and children above age 14.  


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. Attendance is limited to 18 participants and registration is required. 


Upcoming classes: Saturdays, July 18, September 26 and November 7.  


Registration closes 10 days prior so don’t delay! Click here to register. 


City of Fort Collins-West Central Area Plan

The final plan was adopted on March 17!

The Plan is 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).


Click here to see the final plan.





Garden Resources

Sproutin’ Up

Gardener’s Gallop
A super fun old-fashioned Jog-A-Thon.

When:Sunday, April 19 

Time: Registration and Check-in at 5:00pm - Run starts at 5:30pm

Where: Bath Garden Center & Nursery (2000 E. Prospect)
$20 for participants 12 years and older if registered by April 15th
$25 Race Day Registration

Click here for more information. 



Garden In A Box  


Discount for Loveland Water and Power Customers!


Garden In A Box offers a simple approach to learn about and plant a water-wise garden. Regardless of expertise, you can save water and beautify your landscape by purchasing a professionally designed, perennial garden that uses Xeric (low water) plants and includes a  comprehensive Plant and Care guide. When Xeric gardens replace existing turf, the water savings are significant.


Gardens are offered in partnership with local water utilities in support of the city’s commitment to water conservation. Loveland Water and Power customers are eligible for a $25 discount while supplies last. 


Click here for more information and how to get your garden!


Gardens on Spring Creek   



Gardens Galore! 

From the Garden of Eatin’ to the various community gardens to awesome display gardens, the Gardens on Spring Creek have a garden of interest for everyone.

Click here for more information.

Spring Plant Sale - May 9-10

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


Our staff horticulturists 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 for you to purchase May 9-10 at The Gardens.


Proceeds of the sale support horticulture programs at CSU, FRCC, and The Gardens.

Click here for more information.  




 CSU Cooperative Extension


The experts are right here in Larimer County. Click here for tons of gardening information including plant selection for our Colorado climate, online publications, and information on how to become a master gardener.




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.  

Partner Events

Northern Colorado Food Cluster

Fort Collins Winter Farmers Market 


The Winter Markets’ proudly accepts Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).


Get EXTRA money for shopping at the Farmers’ Market with your SNAP benefits.


The Northern Colorado Food Cluster is providing a matching program for SNAP beneficiaries with a one-to-one match to purchase healthy, locally grown fruits and vegetables

up to $30 dollars matching.


Come by the Market Buck table to use our Electronic Benefit Terminal (EBT) machine.



When: 10:00am-2:00 pm

Where: Downtown Fort Collins at the Opera Galleria, 123 N. College Ave.  


Dates:  Apr 11


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.



Food Bank for Larimer County 


Join us at THE TASTE, the foodie event of Northern Colorado. Enjoy samples of unique cuisine prepared by local chefs from 30 restaurants paired with flavorful wines and craft beers from 20 beverage purveyors. Celebrate the area’s fabulous food and beverage culture while helping fight hunger in our community.


Last year, the Food Bank for Larimer County…

  • Served nearly 36,000 individuals, including seniors, young families, children, veterans, students and others in need of food assistance.
  • Provided enough food for 7,431,680 meals
  • Prepared 172,590 meals and 188,105 snacks for kids at risk of hunger

April 16, 2015 -5:00-9:00 PM at the Hilton Fort Collins  
(5:00pm VIP entrance, 6:00pm General admission)

For ticket information, click here.

Volunteer Opportunities

FC Bikes is using Volunteer Spot to find some awesome and helpful people to collect baseline data for the Laurel Street Pilot Project. Volunteers will spend a couple of hours (or more if you like!) out on Laurel Street in Fort Collins, inviting people in the area to complete an online survey.


Shifts are two hours in duration, with two shifts available per day over the course of 6 days in late April and early May.


Click here  to sign up for a shift. There aren’t many spots available, and the earlier you sign up, the better chance of getting your preferred shift.

Click here more information about the Laurel Street Pilot Project.




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.

In health,