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CanDo News
Healthy Eating and Active Living in Fort Collins and Loveland 
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Call To Action
Meeting Schedule
Vida Sana
Built Environment
Worksite Wellness
Local Food and Gardens
Partner Events
Local and National HEAL News
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Dear CanDo Coalition Member:

Summer is finally here and with it comes an increase in the number of walkers and bikers on our trails and roadways. Community members in Loveland are committed to improving walking and biking in their wonderful city and recently created a Citizen Task Force (CTF) for Walking and Biking facilitated by Loveland CanDo staff.

The CTF’s Mission is to make Loveland a community where biking and walking is safe, fun and easy. Their Vision is to advocate for a bike and pedestrian system that supports safety, economic development, and increased multi-modal transportation usage.

The CTF has four main goals:

  • Demonstrate demand for walking and biking
  • Increase funding for bike and pedestrian projects
  • Establish a dedicated staff for implementation of the 2012 bike and pedestrian plan
  • Support Downtown Development Authority efforts for safe walking and biking environments 
Advocacy and education opportunities will be focused on making biking and walking safe and accessible in Loveland. This can include implementing best practices such as the creation of Protected Bike Lanes  throughout the city. Protected Bike Lanes provide a barrier between motor vehicles and cyclists. They’re good for safety - drivers don’t have to worry about unexpected maneuvers by cyclists and pedestrians don’t need to dodge bike riders on sidewalks. They have also proven to be good for business: A Portland study found that bike riders will go out of their way to use a street that has good bicycling infrastructure which allows for more business exposure.

Find out more about the Loveland Citizen Task Force for Walking and Biking!

The next Loveland CTF meeting will be on Thursday, June 16 from 11:30am-1:00pm at the First United Methodist Church, 533 Grant Ave., Loveland. Click here for more information.
Call To Action

Over the past 18 months, a main area of focus for the CanDo Coalition has been to advocate for the incorporation of meaningful health policies into the updated Loveland Comprehensive Plan. To date, the health policies that we collectively support have been well received because they align with the community’s vision and values.


After seven meetings since December 2014, on February 22, the Loveland Planning Commission unanimously recommended approval of Create Loveland to the City Council. Create Loveland was presented to City Council during a study session on Tuesday April 12, 2016. Look for Create Loveland to be on the City Council agenda in July with the opportunity for public comment.

Between now and final adoption of the comprehensive plan, here’s how you can help:

Click here for all of the information you need to participate and get your voice heard including contact information for the Planning Commission, City Council and the Reporter Herald. In addition, a step-by-step process to help you gather your thoughts and develop an email, letter or 3-minute speech is provided.
If you choose to take action, please let Kelly Haworth
know. We’d like to track efforts in our community for our grant and program reports and we’d like to offer help if needed.


More Loveland News - The South Catalyst Project

Citizens are invited to hear about progress on the South Catalyst project and contribute their ideas on Friday June 10 from 5:00-8:00pm at the Downtown Development Authority offices, 315 N. Cleveland Avenue, just south of the southeast corner of Cleveland Avenue and Fourth Street.

Click here for detailed information on the project.

CanDo and Vida Sana Meeting Schedule

CTFLoveland Citizen Task Force for Walking and Biking

The next Loveland CTF meeting will be on Thursday, June 16 from 11:30am-1:00pm at the First United Methodist Church, 533 Grant.

We will have the executive director from the Downtown Development Authority speak about bike and pedestrian infrastructure and the HIP street master plan. We will also continue the conversation to prioritize bike and pedestrian plan projects. Please RSVP by Monday, June 13 to Kelly Haworth at or 970-495-7513. 

Built Environment Work Group (BEWG)

Our next meeting will be Tuesday, June 21 from 3:30-4:30pm in Routt Hall Room 103

Please click here for a campus map. Additionally, it is highly recommended that you either bike in, or take the MAX. There is a MAX stop at University or Laurel. If you have any questions, contact Colin Day at 
or Katherine Vega at 
Vida Sana

Our next meeting will be Monday, June 27 from 10:30am-12:00pm at Northside Aztlan Community Center (112 Willow St., Fort Collins.)
Vida Sana

 Vida Sana
Camp Sol

Vida Sana is pleased to announce Camp Sol, a partnership facilitated by Vida Sana between Poudre School District, Healthy Kids Club, City of Fort Collins, Food Bank for Larimer County, Generation Now, The Family Center/LaFamilia, and the Poudre River Library District. Camp Sol will have two sites of fun enrichment academic and physical activity programming for seven weeks including weekly field trips. One site will be at the Northside Aztlan Community Center (NACC) and one will be in the clubhouse at the Harmony Village community. As well, Camp Sol will be offering limited neighborhood based programming in some Vida Sana communities.
Also, Food Bank for Larimer County’s Kids Cafe is excited to announce a pilot program offering food truck meal service at the two Camp Sol sites. 
Free Cholesterol Screening 

Vida Sana is partnering with the Health District of Northern Larimer County to offer free cholesterol screening onsite at the Poudre Valley Mobile Home Park on June 18 from 8:00-10:30am. With assistance from the Vida Sana Promotoras, this is the first of three screenings offered to the Vida Sana communities in partnership with the Health District.

Successful Health Fair

Vida Sana hosted a health fair on May 14 at Poudre Valley Mobile home Park, with 35 organizations participating. The weather, although not the best, didn’t put a damper on all who participated. Residents from the community were offered a wide variety of resources, information on upcoming city projects and, most importantly, health screenings.
Congratulations Graduates!

Our amazing Promotoras, Edna and Yolanda, recently graduated from the Family Leadership Training Institute (FLTI.) FLTI is a training program that equips parents, caregivers, and community members with the tools to engage in shaping public policy and empowers them to work within systems to ensure positive outcomes for children and youth in health, safety, and education. Participants develop their skills in defining community needs, understanding child data, defining problems, forming coalitions, designing solutions, and evaluating programs. FLTI participants use the skills gained to develop their own community project based on their passion to initiate a positive change for children/youth. For more information about applying for next year’s FLTI class, click here or email Patti Schmitt at
Health Equity Learning Series in Loveland

Vida Sana will be hosting the Health Equity Learning Series in Loveland with funding from the Colorado Trust. Former Series events have opened up the dialogue about health equity in Loveland and the upcoming series promises to keep the dialogue current and relevant. Formal partners include the Loveland Public Library, Thompson School District, SummitStone Health Partners and the House of Neighborly Service. Stay tuned for details on dates and locations for events this summer and fall.

For streaming video of past Health Equity Learning Series events, click here.

Trailer Donation Needed

We are seeking a donation of a commercial/classroom style trailer to place in Poudre Valley Mobile Home Park. Our partnership with management has resulted in an invitation to bring in a trailer for family programming.
Anyone with information or ideas on how to locate a trailer for donation can contact Eddie Dominguez at or Deirdre Sullivan at 
Built Environment

Built Environment Work Group
Institute for the Built Environment (IBE) has developed a strong partnership with Vida Sana, a CanDo coalition that serves Tres Colonias residents in addressing health disparities, and plans to do the same with the Board Members of El Museo de las Tres Colonias, a neighborhood historical museum. With the support of these organizations, IBE will hold bilingual community charrettes to inform and engage the residents around three connected projects.

The first project will be supporting Yolanda Valles de Pebley, Vida Sana’s promotora for Tres Colonias with the promotion and enhancement of an existing community garden at El Museo that will be re-planted and reinvigorated summer of 2016 by Vida Sana. IBE and Vida Sana will engage youth at Northside Aztlan Community Center and Romero Park to become involved with the new garden. IBE will facilitate art sessions with interested youth to create educational and promotional signs in English and Spanish educating garden visitors and attracting passersby.

The second project will be focused on engaging residents in plans for a new City park to be built at the center of all three communities beginning spring 2017. IBE will facilitate community design sessions to inspire residents to share their ideas for features they would like to see in the new park. IBE will then present the results of the park visioning sessions to the City of Fort Collins before stage one of the park construction begins.

The third project will be community design charrettes hosted at El Museo to create a promenade connecting the community garden and the new park using wayfinding signage, painted tiles, and other design features.
We will have our next meeting at the Institute for the Built Environment at 3:30 pm on Tuesday, June 21 in Routt Hall Room 103. Please feel free to contact Colin Day at or Katherine Vega at if you have any questions. We hope to see you there!
Worksite Wellness
Health LinksTM

Health LinksTM is a nonprofit initiative based at the Colorado School of Public Health that helps businesses build sustainable workplace health and safety programs. Health LinksTM provides expert advising, Healthy Business Certification and connection to resources and local preferred providers that offer health, safety and well-being services. Get recognized as a champion of worker health and safety today and get connected to a local community advisor. Visit to get started.

We invite you to join us for any of our upcoming events - contact Michelle at
for questions and to get more information.    
Local Food and Gardens

Gardens on Spring Creek Gardens

Summer Classes are ready for you to explore and get inspired to grow your most beautiful garden yet. Urban Homesteading classes, Tours, and the 2016 Twilight Garden Series…something for everyone! Click here for more information.

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.   


Loveland Youth Gardeners

13th Annual Garden Tour and Art Show
Saturday, June 18,
8:00am - 3:00 pm

This year’s tour features lakeside gardens in Northeast Loveland, the sale of “art for the garden” created by local and regional artists, and a silent auction of upcycled garden benches to enhance outdoor living spaces.
$15.00 admission, children under 12 are free.
Ticket booklets will be at “will-call” at Garden #1 (2276 Nyssa Court) on tour day.  Go to or call the office at 970-669-7182 for more information.


Farmers Markets are back!

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. Opens June 26.
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.

Partner Events
Loveland Bike Rodeo 

Saturday, June 11 
Loveland Public Library 
300 N. Adams Ave.

Get “GEARED” up for summer with a bike rodeo at the library featuring a bike skills safety course, Little One’s Fun Course, recumbent bike demos, helmet decorating, and Bicycle Ambassadors: ABC Quick Check Demos & Fix a Flat Demos! HELMETS WILL BE REQUIRED FOR ALL RIDERS. Loaner helmets and bikes will be available for those who do not have their own, but bring yours if you have one! There will also be bike helmets available to purchase for $10 at the event. Click here for the flyer.
Healthy Kids Club

2016 Run Series

Registration is underway for the Healthy Kids and Fit.Teen Run Series’, sponsored by Healthy Kids Club, UCHealth. The 18th annual Healthy Kids Run Series includes 8 free local 1 mile fun runs. Elementary students ages 5-12 are eligible to register for the free series, and will receive a punch card to track their participation. Kids who complete 4 or more runs earn prizes! Teens ages 13-18 are eligible to register for the Fit.Teen Run Series, which includes 8 local 5K’s.  Fit.Teen participants receive a discounted $10 registration fee for each run. Register online for both series’ at


City of Fort Collins - FCBikes

Bike to Work Day is Wednesday, June 22, 6:30-9:30am

Ride your bike to work and get free breakfast! Join follow cyclists in a celebration of riding to work. More than 40 breakfast stations will be located all around Fort Collins. Station map is coming soon. In exchange for free breakfast, take our online survey for a chance to win awesome prizes donated by many of our generous Bike to Work Day station hosts.

Click here for more information.

Bike to Work-Loveland

Bike to Work Day gives visibility to ways of getting to work besides the usual-driving your car. While it’s common for some to ride their bikes everywhere, others have not yet found an opportunity to try an alternate method of transportation to work. If you’ve been thinking about dusting off that bike in the garage, now is the time! If you don’t have a bike but want to participate, try walking to work.

For additional information and to volunteer at a Bike to Work Day Station, please contact the Traffic Division at 970-962-2535 or email.

Food Bank for Larimer County 

Food Bank for Larimer County will provide free summer meals in Fort Collins, Loveland and Estes Park. The Food Bank expects to serve 56,000 meals this summer. Since 2005, the Food Bank’s Kids Cafe program has served free, nutritious meals to low-income children ages 5-18 after school and during the summer. Nearly one in three students in Larimer County schools qualifies for free or reduced lunch. For these children, summer vacation means no school meals and the prospect of going hungry. The Food Bank picks up when school lets out by providing free, nutritious meals to low income children ages 5-18 at sites throughout Larimer County.

Click here for more information and locations.

Open Streets
Sunday, June 5 
Corbett Drive-Harmony to Kechter

Come Play in the Street! Kick off Summer with our third year of Open Streets, car-free events that feature plenty of open space with activity hubs in between. Bring your whole family, discover a new neighborhood, connect with local business, and experience what streets are made for: to move people, not just cars. 

College for Kids at Aims Community College 

College for Kids (CFK) at Aims Community College is celebrating 36 years of summer educational fun. This year, students ages 9-13 will take two classes a day for just $50. The camp runs from June 20-23, 9:00am-4:00pm at Aims Community College, Loveland Campus.

For more information and to register, click here.

Thanks to Larimer County for keeping the cost down by contributing an additional $50 to every child who participates in CFK at Loveland Campus!

CFK Family Night BBQ
Thursday, June 23
Aims Community College west parking lot on Railroad Ave between E. 4th St. and E. 3rd St.


Family Game Night

Tuesday, June 28
Odell Brewing Co., 800 E. Lincoln Ave., Fort Collins

Live music, small bites, games for the whole family
$10 per ticket (gets you two beers)

Buy your tickets before the event at and be entered to win a Mini CSA Vegetable Share worth $250!
Local and National HEAL News

LiveWell Colorado 2020 Strategic Goals

Coloradans will have access to healthy and affordable food.
  • School Food. Colorado students will consume healthy food and beverages in school.
  • Food Access and Demand. Healthy, affordable foods and beverages will be available and effectively promoted in Colorado communities.
Coloradans will engage in physical activity every day.

  • School Activity. Colorado students will get at least 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity each day in school.
  • Youth Recreational Opportunities. Colorado children will have access to safe and affordable recreational spaces for physical activity outside of the school day.
  • Active Transportation. Coloradans will increase their use of walking and biking as means of transportation.
Click here for more information on LiveWell Colorado.

In health,