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


Dear CanDo Coalition Member:


Happy New Year! We are excited about 2015 and look forward to working with all of you to actualize our vision of creating model communities that support health and health equity. To that end, 2014 brought much progress to some CanDo partner initiatives, of which we were very proud to support:


  • The Northern Colorado Food Cluster gained its non-profit status and is close to placing its first board of directors.
  • Through feedback from the coalitions meetings and outreach efforts, Loveland residents and CanDo partners have played a vital role in the City of Loveland’s comprehensive plan update, Create Loveland.
  • Vida Sana promotoras continued connecting Vida Sana families with important resources in our community and over 26,000 free passes to the North Side Aztlan Center were given out to residents.
  • 69 maps were created on imapā™„land, providing important information to the Loveland City Council and helping to inform the City of Loveland Comprehensive Plan- you can still create yours! Click here. 
  • The Fort Collins Built Environment Work Group hosted a presentation with over 30 attendees where CSU’s Ray Browning presented Friendly To Fun - Celebrating Our Ability To Move, and is working on several projects that were identified as a result.
  • And finally, our coalition and workgroup meetings in Fort Collins and Loveland had over 210 attendees.


We value the chance to connect with our partners face to face and share meaningful conversation about our common work and goals. We are working to finalize our meeting calendar for the remainder of the year and will communicate it to you once it is finalized. Until then, please refer to the CanDo website for the most current meeting and coalition information.


Call To Action

City of Fort Collins

BOB 2.0

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 view the projects that are currently proposed to go before Council on January 20, 2015 for referral to the April 7, 2015 ballot. You can submit your comments directly on the webpage.


Expanded Smoking Restrictions


Fort Collins City Council will consider additional smoking restrictions at their Feb. 3 meeting. The proposal includes a smoking ban for the following:

  • Expanded Downtown area, that encompasses the bike dismount zone (see map:
  • All City owned or operated facilities and their grounds
  • All City parks, trails, and natural areas
  • Most City-approved events and festivals

Residents are encouraged to share their thoughts on the proposed restrictions via a brief, anonymous survey. The survey is open through Jan. 16.


 JAM (Just-A-Minute) World Record  

  • There is a national competition and the state that rallies the most people to sign up and commit to taking a quick fitness break on February 12 wins this year’s JAM title. 
  • It’s easy, it’s fun, it costs nothing, and you can do it from wherever you are. And, rally everyone around you to join you on the 12th.
  • It’s heart month. Our schools and kids are leading this annual global event and you can help them by participating. It’s good for our hearts and even better to be a positive role mode  
Help our state win. Sign up to count in our state’s and the world record then take a quick fitness break on 2/12: 

Click here to learn more about JAM. 
Fort Collins Coalition

Save the date for the next Fort Collins Coalition Meeting scheduled on Thursday, February 5 from 8:00-10:00am.      

Due to a unique opportunity to co-host a Colorado Trust Health Equity Learning Series live-stream event with Vida Sana, the first Fort Collins coalition meeting of 2015 will be held in conjunction with Vida Sana to offer coalition members the opportunity to participate in the live-stream event. For the third year in a row, Vida Sana is proud to host the learning series from the Trust and we strongly encourage our coalition members to attend this engaging session.  


The live-stream will be hosted at UC Health’s Caribou Training Room located at 2002 Caribou Dr. Suite 100 and a light breakfast will be served. Please RSVP to Edgar Dominguez by Monday, February 2 at if you plan to attend.  


Our next coalition meeting will be April 30th from 8:30-10am in the Westbridge conference room and will feature a presentation from Sarah Morales and Jen Strating titled Serenity Now! 21 Days to Less Stress: A creative approach to managing stress at the workplace and at home.

Loveland Coalition

We are finalizing our 2015 meeting schedule and will send it out when it is complete. We will also post our meeting schedule on our CanDo website when it is finalized.

Built Environment Work Group


Save the date for our next meeting on January 21, 2015 from 3:00-4:30pm in the Community Room, 215 N. Mason.


Click here for the minutes from our December 17, 2014 meeting which was a follow up to Ray Browning’s excellent presentation “Friendly To Fun - Celebrating Our Ability To Move”. We took the ideas presented by Ray and applied them to Fort Collins and came up with TWO specific projects that BEWG is pursuing to infuse more fun into WALKING and BIKING. (SPOILER: Tavelli Elementary & Bennett Elementary built environment projects. Now you’re intrigued. More details in the minutes.)


Also, don’t forget to submit your input on BOB 2.0. See the Call To Action at the top of this newsletter.    


Well Workplace and Healthy Food Environment Networking Sessions


We are finalizing our 2015 meeting schedule and will send it out when it is complete. We will also post our meeting schedule on our CanDo website when it is finalized.


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.  


Our first learning series will be held on February 5, 2015 and will feature Doran Schrantz, an executive director of ISAIAH, a faith-based community organization of 100 member congregations in Minnesota. Ms. Schrantz has transformed ISAIAH into one of the most powerful voices in Minnesota around issues of racial and economic justice. ISAIAH has explored the intersection of community organizing, policy and research and has launched powerful partnerships with national policy leaders. Ms. Schrantz will discuss how ISAIAH engages communities to develop solutions to health equity issues, and how other organizations and individuals can become part of such a movement. 


Please join us for breakfast and the training on February 5, 8:00-10:00am at the following locations (please note this is a morning time. We will post the Fort Collins location on our website as soon as the details are available.) 



Loveland Public Library, Gertrude Scott Room, 300 North Adams Avenue, Loveland, CO 80537.

Please RSVP to Kelly Burwell at:


Fort Collins

University of Colorado Health’s Caribou Training Room

2002 Caribou Dr. Suite 100

Please RSVP to Edgar Dominguez by Monday, February 2 at: 


Keep your calendar open for future dates which include:

  • May 14, 2015- TBD
  • 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
CanDo News

Staff from the City of Loveland’s Community and Strategic Planning department, in collaboration with CanDo Loveland staff, submitted a successful application for the Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) Building Healthy Places Initiative. The Initiative is an opportunity for communities of interest to come together and shape the built environment in ways that improve the health of under-served residents. The Initiative includes a one-day workshop where built environment design experts will provide technical assistance in combination with involvement and feedback from community members and decision-makers to spearhead improvements to Loveland’s focus area.


The focus area, called Orchards North, includes the US Highway 287 corridor from 37th Street to 29th Street. While there is a strong mix of goods and services needed to support healthy lifestyles along this corridor, there is not adequate bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure to support safe mobility. In addition, there is an under-served, under-represented population within and adjacent to Orchards North whose access and mobility needs go unnoticed and whose voice is not often heard.


We will announce details for the workshop which will be held mid-Spring of this year as they become available. For more information on the Building Healthy Places Initiative, click here


If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact Kelly Burwell at 


ULI’s Building Healthy Places Initiative is funded in partnership with the Colorado Health Foundation. Loveland is one of two communities selected from a competitive process.

Partner News

FC Bikes   


Last month, City Council unanimously approved and adopted the 2014 Bicycle Master Plan! This plan is over 15 months in the making and included input from:
  • 14 City of Fort Collins Departments, 
  • 4 Local Government Agencies,
  • 8 City Boards & Commissions, 
  • 17 Stakeholder Organizations, and
  • Thousands of local citizens!  
Council described the plan as visionary, innovative and comprehensive and praised the extensive outreach conducted to complete the plan. FC Bikes would like to thank everyone involved throughout this process and we look forward to continuing to work together to make Fort Collins a safe and enjoyable place to ride a bicycle.
Click here to view the Final Draft Bicycle Master Plan and Appendices.


UC Health

PVH ambulances now equipped to transport patients and their rides

Poudre Valley Hospital’s ambulances that serve Fort Collins-one of America’s most cycling-enthusiastic cities-recently received a new add-on: bicycle racks on the front bumpers so bikes can be transported to the hospital at the same time as their injured riders.   


Read the complete article here


Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT

Statewide Transportation Plan


Click here to read about CDOT’s first web-based Statewide Transportation Plan. This plan is a vision document that outlines what our multimodal transportation options will look like in Colorado over the next 10 to 25 years. It is divided into four sections plus an executive summary, each of which helps to illustrate where Colorado stands today, the challenges that we face, and how we will continue to make progress in the future. The sections of the Statewide Transportation Plan are:

  • The Colorado Transportation Story - why Colorado’s transportation system matters and what challenges we will need to overcome to maintain and improve it for the future
  • The Planning Process - how CDOT worked with key stakeholders and you to develop the plan
  • Key Data Findings, Needs, and Revenue - which trends will influence our transportation future and how much funding will be needed to keep the system functioning
  • Moving Forward - what steps CDOT is taking to deliver on the promises of the Statewide Transportation Plan
Read the DRAFT Executive Summary here.

There is a floating orange badge on the website that you can click to give your feedback.

Loveland Rotary Kids Pak

We are pleased to update you on the Rotary Club of Loveland’s Kids Pak 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. In partnership with the Food Bank for Larimer County, the packs are distributed to the schools on Fridays.  Kids Pak is currently serving approximately 472 packs of food each week (including 39 in early childhood.)

Additionally, Kids Pak was the recipient of Subaru’s holiday “Share the Love ” promotion which raised $24,500 for Kids Pak. This will create 6,533 meals for Thompson students!

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

CDOT buses from NoCo to Denver to start rolling in April, 2015

Public-transit planners from Fort Collins and Loveland are working with the Colorado Department of Transportation to coordinate connections between their city bus systems and the regional bus line CDOT plans to launch in April.


All they know for certain so far is that the line will connect two stops in Northern Colorado with Union Station, Denver’s newly remodeled multimodal downtown transit hub - and that the service will be called “Bustang.”


Click here to read the article.

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. 



Colorado Action for Healthy Kids  



Colorado Action for Healthy Kids is currently accepting applications for Parent Advocates for the 2015-16 school  year.


Parent advocate volunteers and K-12 schools across Colorado will work collaboratively to make sustainable changes that aim to improve the school’s overall health and wellness plan. Selected parents and their school health teams will receive leadership training, coaching and up to $1000 in grant funding to develop and implement approved school wellness projects. Multiple parents from a school may serve as parent advocates and participate as members of the program and on the project team (see Program Description for details). Parents may apply that are from schools with at least 40% eligibility for free-reduced school meals.


The application deadline is January 15, 2015. Click here for more information 


Partner Events
City of Fort Collins 

Northern Colorado Business Innovation Conference 

Thursday, January 29, 7:00am-5:00pm
Fort Collins Senior Center, 1200 Raintree Dr.

Join the regional business community for a day of learning and networking. Explore economic, social and environmental opportunities in today’s growing business environment. Walk away with tools to operate more efficiently, increase economic competitiveness and create a dynamic workplace culture.

  • continental breakfast
  • interactive workshops
  • lunch keynote - Dr. Richard Jackson, MD, MPH, FAAP - author of the book and host of the PBS series “Designing Healthy Communities
  • exhibitor showcase*
  • after-hours social
  • all day attendance = two 2014 ClimateWise meeting credits

Registration is $49. Use promo code NCBIC before Dec. 31 for $20 off of registration. 

We’re ringing in 2015 by extending the discount until Jan. 16!


Click here for registration information.



Join the City of Fort Collins for two public forums on the draft updated Climate Action Plan framework.


The Climate Action Plan, most recently adopted in 2008, is a roadmap to further reduce the community’s greenhouse gas emissions and to promote resiliency to climate change. On February 17, City Council is scheduled to consider an updated framework plan, which will help define the City’s energy future for the next 15 years.


January 22, 6:00-8:00pm          

Lincoln Center, Canyon West Room,

417 W. Magnolia,




January 29, 6:00-8:00pm

Harmony Library

4616 S. Shields St.  


Click here for more information. 


Create Loveland - Community Choices Workshops 
Weigh in on Loveland’s Comprehensive Plan Update

This series of focused workshops will use creative and interactive methods to solicit citizen input on missing policies, refinement of the opportunities identified in previous phases of the project. In addition to providing information on city-wide plan modifications, educational information about various choices will be presented, allowing each participant to learn about the trade-offs and potential benefits that could result from each choice.


February 3, 2015   

6:00 - 8:00pm  

Gertrude Scott Room at the Loveland Public Library


February 10, 2015 

5:00 - 7:00pm 

Plan Hub at the Loveland Ale Works 118 W 4th St


February 14, 2015 

During the Day, exact hours undetermined 

Fire & Ice Festival, At the Boar & Bull at 422 E 4th St.


February 26th

2:00 - 4:00pm 

Plan Hub at The Coffee Tree


Click here for additional information on the above events. Click here to see the new draft documents.  



Food Bank for Larimer County  


Empty Bowls

Thursday, February 5


Fort Collins Hilton 


For 18 years, Empty Bowls Fort Collins has ladled community hope for those struggling with hunger in Larimer County. Working to increase awareness of hunger, the event is a major fundraiser for the Food Bank for Larimer County. The event offers guests the opportunity to select a pottery bowl made by students in the Poudre School District or by a local artist and enjoy signature soups provided by area restaurants. Empty Bowls has grown from offering five signature soups in 1998 to over twenty soups in 2014. In addition to tasting delicious hand-crafted soups, guests can choose to bid on silent auction items while enjoying live music from an area band. For the price of one ticket to Empty Bowls Fort Collins, the Food Bank can provide enough food to feed 200 families in need in Larimer County. 


Click here for more information and to purchase tickets online.  



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.  

Dates: Jan 10, 24; Feb 14 & 28; Mar 7 & 28; 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.


Click here for more information about the Northern Colorado Food Cluster.  



Gardens on Spring Creek Gardens


Education for the ever-inquisitive gardener, artist, and crafter.


Winter is filled at The Gardens with opportunities to learn and explore different aspects of horticulture. From diverse classes to many volunteer opportunities, there is certainly something for everyone to enjoy at The Gardens.


Click here for more information. 

 Volunteer Opportunities

Bicycle Advisory Committee Openings

Deadline: Monday, January 15, 2015


The City of Fort Collins seeks interested residents to fill three vacancies on the Bicycle Advisory Committee, which reports to the Transportation Board. Fort Collins’ excellence as a community is due in large part to citizen participation in government and community affairs. Residents can serve as volunteers on the committee, which reviews plans for bicycle improvements and provides recommendations to the Transportation Board regarding bicycle-related policies, projects, programs and overall implementation of the Bicycle Master Plan.


Click here to download the application. 

 Upcoming Meetings 

BEWG (Built Environment Work Group) - Wednesday, January 21 

3:00-4:30pm at the City of Fort Collins Community Room (215 North Mason).  


Fort Collins Coalition - Thursday, February 5

8:00-10:00am - UC Health Caribou Training Room (2002 Caribou Dr. Suite 100).    

In health,