News & Events

CanDo News
Healthy Eating and Active Living in Fort Collins and Loveland 
In This Issue
Call To Action
CanDo News
CanDo Coalition and Workgroup Meeting Schedule
Vida Sana
Partner News
Partner Events
Garden and Local Food Resources
Volunteer Opportunities
Quick Links


Dear CanDo Coalition Member:


CanDo-Over 10 years of community health promotion and advocacy  

For the last 10 years, CanDo staff have worked with coalition partners to convene and facilitate several working groups to focus on the priority areas identified by the community, including school wellness, worksite wellness, built environment, food environment, and health equity. Quite a legacy has been built and there’s more to come, especially in the Loveland community.  


Sustainability of Work

CanDo’s work, as with many public health programs, can deliver benefits only if they are able to sustain programs, policies, and activities over time. Specific examples of how CanDo’s work has evolved and grown can be seen in organizations such as Poudre School District and Thompson School District. CanDo’s commitment and support for school wellness led to internally funded school and employee wellness teams in both districts affecting tens of thousands of students and staff.  


Importance of our Community Partners 

So, while the CanDo staff often provide the initial support, resources, health-specific expertise, and coordination of healthy eating and active living strategies, it is our community partners who do a tremendous amount of the “on the ground” work to keep the initiatives going long-term. This includes the time, materials, supplies, grants, leveraged funds, etc. that CanDo community partners have contributed to advancing the healthy eating and physical activity goals of CanDo. This is just one indicator of the strong relationships and support CanDo has built in our community. It also demonstrates that when there is someone willing to take the lead, others will be inspired to follow.


Together, we CanDo!  

As we talked about in our May newsletter, we have engaged many of you in helping us define future direction and focus and will continue working together with our community partners to tackle community needs in a collaborative and sustainable direction. As we navigate a health care environment that increasingly values population health, there is much we all CanDo to make long-term difference.  






Call To Action


Attend a Loveland Planning Commission meeting 


The Comprehensive Plan will be presented to the Planning Commission on August 10. Please click here to see the most updated information including the schedule and agenda. Public comments will be presented during this meeting.




City of Fort Collins

Downtown Plan

What is your vision for the future of downtown Fort Collins? Click here to share your ideas through the online survey!





West Elizabeth Enhanced Travel Corridor Plan


Interested in shaping the future of West Elizabeth Street? Make your voice heard  and get involved early with the West Elizabeth Enhanced Travel Corridor (ETC) Planning effort, which will focus on enhancing biking, walking and transit in the area.


Visioning Open House  

Wednesday, August 5, 6:00-8:00pm
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
1208 W. Elizabeth St.


Click here for more information. 

CanDo News

Staffing Updates 


We are very happy to announce that Deirdre Sullivan will begin serving as CanDo/Vida Sana Supervisor beginning in August. Deirdre brings over fifteen years of community health and policy advocacy experience  and has deep roots with both programs. We are excited to have her rejoin the department and the mission. 






Mehaffey Park in Loveland now open!  



CanDo attended the grand opening of Mehaffey Park on August 1. The staff presented information on the Loveland Comprehensive Plan and discussed how the public can get involved in the process. Mehaffey Park is loaded with recreation options for the whole family. For more information and directions, click here




CanDo Coalition and Workgroup Meeting Schedule


Built Environment Work Group

Our next meeting will be August 18 from 3:00-4:30pm in the City of Fort Collins Community Room (215 North Mason.) Please note: This is a Tuesday, instead of our usual Wednesday meeting time.


Click here to see minutes from our June meeting.   


Loveland Coalition


Our next coalition meeting will be September 23 from 11:30am-1:00pm at the Loveland Museum Gallery (503 N. Lincoln.) 


Vida Sana


Our next meeting date is TBD

Fort Collins Coalition


Our next coalition meeting will be October 29 from 8:30-10:00. Location TBD


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 


On July 23, 2015, Denise Gonzales, program director at the Con Alma Health Foundation, and Susan Wilger, MPAff, director of programs at the National Center for Frontier Communities, discussed health equity challenges and opportunities in rural communities of New Mexico, and how lessons learned from recent work can be applied to rural Colorado. Both Fort Collins and Loveland hosted live-streams of the presentation. 




 Click here for more information on the presentation. 


Future series dates: 


September 17, 2015 - John A. Powell, Executive Director, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society.

Partner News

Larimer County 

New multi-use, recreation and commuter trail connecting Loveland and Fort Collins soon to be a reality.

The 4.4-mile Long View Corridor Trail will run along the east side of North Taft Avenue in Loveland and South Shields Street in Fort Collins, providing a safe, detached, non-motorized alternative to traveling between the two cities. No such trail currently exists connecting Loveland and Fort Collins.

The Long View Corridor Trail will pass through three City of Fort Collins natural areas, one Larimer County open space and one City of Loveland natural area. The five public spaces, consisting of protected agricultural lands and wildlife habitat, will offer future trail users sweeping views of the foothills and mountains.

On the north end, the trail will tie into a sidewalk and underpass leading into the City of Fort Collins’ Cathy Fromme Prairie Natural Area and existing Fossil Creek Trail. “With Cathy Fromme Prairie already having a concrete trail system, pedestrian underpass and trailhead in place, it will be a great destination for folks using the Long View Corridor Trail,” said Jason Stutzman, City of Fort Collins Project Manager. On the south end, the trail will tie into the Loveland Recreation Trail at the City of Loveland’s newly acquired Sunset Vista Natural Area on the corner of 57th Street and North Taft Avenue. At Sunset Vista, Loveland plans to build a trailhead, parking lot and other amenities.

Click here for more information.
Partner Events

Women’s USA Pro Challenge


Stage 2 is set! On August 22, the Women’s USA Pro Challenge comes to Loveland and Fort Collins.


A gentle roll-out through Loveland will let the women riders settle in before this day of racing turns extremely competitive. Once west of Loveland things tilt up and keep climbing for nearly 20 miles as everyone tests their legs on the climb of Buckhorn Canyon. But if the climbers want to win this day they will need to hold off a charging field as the stage furiously descends Rist Canyon and the 18 miles back into Fort Collins. Can the climbers hold off the sprinters or will Fort Collins be treated to a mass field sprint by some of the fastest women in the U.S.?  


Click here for the latest information.     




Walking Audit and Workshop-Partnership for Age Friendly Communities

Tuesday, September 29, 8:30am

Loveland Museum

503 N. Lincoln


Join community seniors, citizens, elected oficials and government staff as we assess downtown Loveland for ease of walking, accessibility, and safety.
Click here for more information.



Healthy Kids Club

The Healthy Kids Run Series (Ages 5-12) is celebrating 17 years

The run series offers kids ages 5-12 the opportunity to participate in eight, free 1-mile fun runs. Nearly 1,500 kids participated in the 2014 series. Participants get a punch card and prizes for running in four or more races. 

There are four more races this year:
Aug. 22 - Peach Festival 5K, Hughes Stadium, Fort Collins
Sept. 19 - Be Great 5K, Weld Boys and Girls Club, Greeley
Oct. 10 - Healthy Kids Halloween Hustle, Centerra, Loveland
Oct. 17 - CSU Homecoming Run, CSU Oval, Fort Collins

Click here for more information.

City of Fort Collins - FCBikes


Smart Cycling 

Smart Cycling (formerly Traffic Skills 101) 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, the rules of the road as they relate to cycling, on-bike skills and crash avoidance techniques. We recommended this class for adults and youth above age 14. Participants should be prepared to ride their bicycle as there is a riding portion to this class. A helmet and bicycle in good working condition are required. A water bottle is recommended.



Future Dates 

Saturday September 26, 8:15am-4:30pm

Saturday, November 14, 8:15am-4:30pm


Registration required through the Recreator or by calling the Recreator registration desk at (970) 221-6256.  


Garden and Local Food Resources

Farmers Markets are going strong!

Loveland Farmers Market - Tuesdays, 11:00am-3:00pm.
HWY 287 in front of Hobby Lobby (3133 N. Garfield). Click here for more information.

City of Loveland Farmers Market- Sundays, 9:00am-1:30pm.
700 S. Railroad Avenue - Entire Pavilion #1 and #2
(at the far north end of Fairgrounds Park). Click here for more information.

Larimer County Farmers Market - Saturdays, 8:00am-Noon.

200 South Oak Street in Old Town Fort Collins. Click here for more information.

Fort Collins Farmers Market-Wednesdays and Sundays, 11:00am-3:00pm.
Harmony and Lemay in front of Ace Hardware. Click here for more information.

Drake Road Farmers Market - Saturdays, 10:00am-1:00pm.
802 W. Drake Rd. Click here for more information.


Gardens on Spring Creek   



Yoga in the Gardens

Embrace the natural setting of our botanical gardens in our Yoga in the Gardens summer series presented by the Gardens on Spring Creek and Miramont Lifestyle Fitness.

Set in the lawn of the North Patio, these classes are suitable for all skill levels led by a Miramont Lifestyle Fitness yoga instructor. Bring your own water and mat, and get ready to start the day out in a beautiful way.


Yoga Summer Dates
Saturday, Aug. 8, and Sept. 5
8:30-9:30am (Check-in begins at 8:00am)


Walk-ins are welcome. Cost is $10 per session. For more information, please contact the Gardens at 970-416-2486.


Click here for information on all of the special events at the Gardens. 



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.  

Volunteer Opportunities

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,