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CanDo News
                Healthy Eating and Active Living in Northern Colorado
In This Issue
Call To Action
Volunteer Opportunities
Fort Collins Coalition
Loveland Coalition
Built Environment Work Group
Well Workplace and Healthy Food Environment Networking Sessions
Vida Sana
Partner Events
Partner News
Upcoming Meetings
Quick Links


Dear CanDo Coalition Member:


It’s back to school time and we hope you and your families are embracing healthy eating and active living during this time. Active transportation is a great way for students to get to and from school. Check out Safe Routes to School in Fort Collins and Safe Routes to School in Loveland for information on events, routes, and safety tips. 


For CanDo meeting information, see the  2014 CanDo Meeting Calendar. 

Call To Action

Food Bank for Larimer County


Snack to School Drive


To support our Kids Link snack program, the Food Bank has teamed up with The Coloradoan and Whole Foods for a month long healthy snack drive. Last year, the Food Bank’s Kids Link program provided nearly 130,000 snacks to schools in Larimer County to help children who come to school with an empty stomach because there’s no food in the home. 

Our goal for the drive is to “Fill the Bus” with 250,000 individual snacks. 


3 Ways to Donate:

  • Drop off snacks at the Coloradoan during the month of September.
  • Stop by the Snack to School Drive at Whole Foods on Saturday, September 20.
  • Donate online:

Most Needed Snack Items

  • Unsweetened Applesauce Cups
  • Snack Size Boxes of Raisins
  • Whole Grain Granola Bars
  • Whole Grain Crackers, in single serving size packages
Volunteer Opportunities
Volunteer for Bicycle and Pedestrian Counts!

September 9, 11, 13 at various times


Come join the fun!  Volunteers are needed to fill 126 two-hour shifts over the course of three days: September 9, 11 and 13.   


Volunteers are welcome to sign up for multiple time-slots.  Click here for a list of locations. 


Volunteers are asked to come to a brief REQUIRED training session in the Community Room at 215 N. Mason Street, Fort Collins on Thursday, September 4, 6-7 pm. (Pizza and drinks will be provided in appreciation of your efforts to support the Bicyclist and Pedestrian Counts.) If you are unable to attend this training session, please email Amy Lewin at or (970)416-2040 to make other arrangements.


We greatly appreciate your help in this important event!  Sign up by clicking on this link. 


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).

Loveland Coalition

Join us for our Loveland coalition meeting on Wednesday, November 19 from 11:30am-1:00pm at the Loveland Museum & Gallery (503 N. Lincoln).     


The Loveland Comprehensive Planning process is moving right along. The visioning phase is wrapping up and we are grateful for members of the Loveland Coalition who offered feedback on the visioning document. This fall, the planning process will move into the Opportunities and Constraints phase. We will keep you updated and let you know when public input is scheduled. In the meantime, click here to see other ways you can offer input in the process. 


Built Environment Work Group


Our next meeting will be on Friday, September 5
10:00 - 11:30 am at the City of Fort Collins Conference Room 2D (215 N. Mason).   


We will be focusing on the W aspect of BEWG and doing good work on planning specific projects focused on WALKABILITY and BIKEABILITY.  


Well Workplace and Healthy Food Environment Networking Sessions


The next combined Well Workplace and Healthy Food Environment Networking Session will be on Tuesday, November 18 from 11:30am to 1:00pm at the City of Fort Collins Community Room (215 North Mason). 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!


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 presentation, in the four part series, will take place:

November 13, 2014 from 11:30am-1:00pm at the Westbridge Office Building, first floor conference room (1107 S. Lemay Ave.-Across from Poudre Valley Hospital).


The presenter will be Dolores Roybal, Executive Director, Con Alma Health Foundation


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 11! For more information, please visit University of Colorado Health’s Healthy Kids Club website. 




Poudre School District - Training Opportunity 


Becoming Culturally Responsive Educators: What Does it Take?”


Presented by Nationally-Acclaimed Author, Educator, and Scholar, Dr. Sonia Nieto: 


In this presentation, Dr. Nieto will discuss her latest book, Finding Joy in Teaching Students of Diverse Backgrounds: Culturally Responsive and Socially Just Practices in U.S. Classrooms. Based on interviews with teachers around the nation, the book explores the values, beliefs, and practices of teachers who are successful with students of diverse backgrounds with implications for teachers, schools, and the preparation of teachers. 


Thursday Sept. 18
4:30 pm-6:00 pm
CSU Lory Student Center Theatre



City of Fort Collins


Garden to Fork 2014

Thursdays, Sept. 4, 11, and 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: Thursdays, Sept. 4, 11, and 18
Time: 6-8 pm
Cost: $25

Learn more and Reserve Your Seat at our Table    




Harvest Festival-Gardens on Spring Creek 


Saturday, September 20, 10:00am - 3:00pm


Celebrate the abundance of the harvest with cooking and urban homesteading workshops, tastings of fresh produce, a marketplace full of local artisans and food producers, entertainment, kids’ activities and food vendors.

  • Marketplace of artisans
  • Free homesteading workshops
  • Fall Plant Sale
  • Chile Roasting provided by Whole Foods Market Fort Collins
  • Fun kids and family activities
  • Live local entertainment & Food

 Click here for more information.




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 a ride scheduled on September 11 at 6:00pm from English Ranch Park. For more information, 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 11:30am-3:30pm

Where: The Ranch Events Complex 


For more information, click here.     




Healthy Eating Classes with Sapna Von Reich


The Power of Food for Health & Longevity

Participants learn how a low fat, plant-based diet can be effective in weight loss and help prevent many diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer and other chronic diseases. Join Sapna in exploring how a diet rich in vegetables, fruits, grains, and legumes can enhance your health and support your overall wellness goals. Learn how to gain control of your health through simple steps in the kitchen. Topics during this 8-week classes include:  Breaking the Food Seduction; Digestive healthy; Foods to fight cancer and diabetes; healthy blood pressure; the power on your plate and more. For more information, click here.  


The Power of Food for Cancer Prevention and Survival

Studies have shown that a diet built from plant foods offers the most cancer-fighting protection of any.This class is an Introduction to How Foods Prevent and Fight Cancer while enjoying a cooking demonstration and tasting delicious, healthful dishes. Light lunch or dinner will be served. For more information, click here. 


CanDo Partner News

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 4:00pm and 7:00pm 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.


Buffered Bike Lanes in Fort Collins

Check out the new buffered bike lanes in Fort Collins. The City has been busy this summer installing and widening bike lanes, and adding buffers to bike lanes on streets like W. Stuart, S. Shields, McMurry Ave., and Lochwood Blvd., to improve the safety and comfort of riding a bicycle in Fort Collins.

Buffered bike lanes are conventional bicycle lanes paired with a designated buffer space separating the bicycle lane from the adjacent motor vehicle travel lane and/or parking lane.

For more information, click here.
 Upcoming Meetings 

BEWG (Built Environment Work Group) -
Friday, September 5

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


Fort Collins Coalition - Thursday, October 30

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


Well Workplace Meeting -  Tuesday, November 18

11:30am to 1:00pm at the City of Fort Collins Community Room (215 North Mason).  


Loveland Coalition-Wednesday, November 19

11:30am-1:00pm at the Loveland Museum Gallery (503 N. Lincoln).


In health,

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