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


What a beautiful Autumn we have had here in Northern Colorado! It’s hard to believe it’s November and snow is just around the corner. Before you lament the end of the wonderful farm stands and Farmer’s Markets, check out the Winter Market at the Opera Galleria in Old Town. Click here for dates, times, and additional information.

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


Call To Action

City of Fort Collins


Help prioritize projects for Building on Basics (BOB) 2.0 Tax Renewal


BOB 2.0 is the working name for the renewal of the Building on Basics dedicated capital expansion tax. Fort Collins has had a capital expansion tax since 1973. Both BOB 2.0 and the Street Maintenance tax will be presented to the voters in April 2015.


Click here to give feedback on proposed projects. CanDo is advocating for Safe Routes to Everywhere, Community Marketplace, and Nature in the City.  



Smoke Free Larimer County


Comprehensive Smoke-Free Law

  • Supported by residents. Good for health and the environment.
  • Have you noticed less smoke at outdoor patios and/or bus stops (since the smoking ordinance expanded)?
  • Would you like to see less tobacco litter at playgrounds and parks?
  • Does a smoke-free festival or event sound appealing?  
  • Does a smoke-free old town make you more excited about going downtown?

To let City Leaders know your views:


City Council Work Session on expanding smoking ordinance (to city parks, trails, events, and old town)- NOVEMBER 25, 2014



Larimer County  


Regional Trails Petition Drive


Support Larimer County, Loveland, and Fort Collins grant applications to develop regional trail connections between trail systems in Fort Collins and Loveland.


The Long View Corridor Trail and Colorado Front Range Trail will provide such connections, and be a great route for recreational users and commuters alike.

To sign the petition, click here.

Click here for more information about these projects.


Fort Collins Coalition
The October Fort Collins Coalition meeting focused on health equity in our community. Eddie Dominguez, health equity coordinator for Vida Sana, gave an excellent presentation about Vida Sana and the great work they have been doing in Fort Collins. Click here to view the Prezi presentation.


Quarterly meetings will resume in 2015. Stay tuned for dates and times. 

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).  





CanDo Loveland has an online tool that allows individuals to create maps of places and spaces that support healthy, active lifestyles in Loveland. The tool is called, imapland and its main purpose is to solicit input from community members around healthy eating and active living.


Click here to access imap♥land.


The login process is quick and works best when using Firefox or Chrome as your browser.   

Built Environment Work Group


We have a special presentation this month that will interest many of you. Ray Browning, Director of the Physical Activity Energetics/ Mechanics Lab at CSU will be presenting on creative and fun ways to engage pedestrians and bicyclists.


Let’s take Fort Collins beyond bicycle and pedestrian “friendly” to a level where being a pedestrian or bicyclist is CELEBRATED!  

  • What is the structure necessary to make active transportation in Fort Collins fun and interesting?
  • How can we position our city as a proving ground for the next generation of active transportation?

There are several ideas that have come across many of our radars such as the dancing cross walk and the piano stairs, and at CSU they have conceived many of their own. The goal of this discussion is to discover ways to make our city the most fun place in North America to be a pedestrian and, most importantly, how to implement actual projects.  


Please attend!


WHEN: Monday, November 17, 2:30-4:00pm

LOCATION: City Community Room at 215 North Mason


**This special presentation replaces our regularly scheduled BEWG meeting on November 7.


Please RSVP to


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).    


Join us for an insightful worksite wellness presentation by Jean Haukaas, a local personal trainer specializing in functional movement and occupational ergonomics. To wrap up this year’s employee stress reduction theme, Jean will address the common stressors that challenge employees and how it impacts an organization. She will also provide tools for wellness coordinators to incorporate into employee-based programs.

A light lunch will be served so please RSVP to  by Friday November 14th.  



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

The next Vida Sana meeting will be on Monday, November 24 from 10:30am -12:00pm at Westbridge first floor conference room (1107 S. Lemay Ave.-Across from Poudre Valley Hospital).


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 by Tuesday, November 11 as space is limited.



Help us plan for 2015

Vida Sana staff is excitingly preparing for the next Colorado Trust grant, which will  allow for continuation of the Health Equity Learning Series. We are working on determining if there is community need to have the learning series in Loveland as well as Fort Collins. Please take a moment to answer the survey questions provided via the link below which will help us prepare for our next grant cycle. Please feel free to forward this survey to friends and colleagues that might be interested as well.


U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today announced a new initiative to reduce the growing number of pedestrian and bicyclist injuries and fatalities through a comprehensive approach that addresses infrastructure safety, education, vehicle safety and data collection. Click here to read more about this initiative.
CanDo Partner News

Larimer County


CHIP (Community Health Improvement Plan) 


Larimer County’s Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) was designed to reflect community needs and values. The CHIP provides a set of goals and specific objectives, and will include evidence-based strategies to address the health needs of Larimer County residents, focusing on two priority areas:

  • Mental and emotional well-being
  • Raising healthy children
Click here for more information.


Loveland Rotary Kids Pak

The Rotary Club of Loveland, Kids Pak is a weekend hunger relief program for children in the Thompson School District and Berthoud. The program partners with each school in the district to provide much-needed, nutritionally sound food for children to take home over the weekend. The program partners with the Food Bank for Larimer County to create specific menus and the packs are distributed to the schools on Fridays. We currently serve 30 schools (elementary, middle and high schools). Kids Pak is currently serving approximately 430 packs of food each week with that number set to grow as they pilot a new pre-school program in the district.

To find out more information, including how you can support Kids Pak, click here.


City of Fort Collins - Bicycle Ambassador Program

Click here to read about
the Laurel and Mason
intersection and
Fort Collins’ first
dedicated bicycle signal.





City of Fort Collins - Bike Winter


Did you know Fort Collins has an average 300 days of sunshine every year? This means there are plenty of sunny days to ride a bicycle even throughout the winter.  Bike Winter is a City of Fort Collins initiative designed to encourage people to bicycle throughout the winter. Starting in November, monthly events like Light up the Night, Winter Cycling 101, and Guided Winter Rides are scheduled to give people the resources they need to ride their bicycles safely and confidently all months of the year. Click here for more information. Note: Winter Bike to Work Day is scheduled for Wednesday, December 10. Check back with the Bike Winter website for more information on how you can sign up to volunteer at one of the stations around town. 



Larimer County  


Family Leadership Training Institute


Want to make a Difference? Apply to be a part of 2015’s Family Leadership Training Institute starting in January.


The Family Leadership Training Institute is a free 20 week leadership class for adults and youth (12 - 14 years old) that focuses on training individuals to have the civic skills they need to make a difference in the community and make our community a better place for children. The intensive 20 week course meets most Thursday evenings and runs from January through May.  


FLTI discusses topics like: community problem solving, leadership styles, public speaking, building networks, how to work with the media, how government works, facets of a good bill, and so much more. Space is limited. Deadline to apply is December 15th. To apply, contact Patti at or call (970) 402-4319.

Partner Events
TobacNO Youth Coalition 


The TobaNO Youth Coalition meets once a month to learn about tobacco issues and work together on projects to reduce tobacco-related death and illness in our community. Teens 12-18 years are welcome and can receive community service or volunteer hours.

Next meeting is Wednesday, December 3
6:30-7:30pm in the Erion Room at the Loveland Public Library

Must RSVP:
 Upcoming Meetings 

BEWG (Built Environment Work Group) - Special Meeting!
Monday, November 17,
2:30-4:00pm at the City of Fort Collins Community Room (215 North Mason).

Well Workplace Meeting -  Tuesday, November 18

11:30am-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).


Vida Sana - Monday, November 24
10:30am -12:00pm at Westbridge first floor conference room (1107 S. Lemay Ave.-Across from Poudre Valley Hospital).


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

10:30 - 12:00am at the City of Fort Collins Community Room (215 North Mason). Note: At this time, BEWG is in the process of rescheduling their regularly scheduled meetings. If this meeting changes, you will receive ample notification. 

In health,