Dear CanDo Coalition Member:
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.
’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
and education opportunities will be focused on making biking and
walking safe and accessible in Loveland. This can include implementing
best practices such as
Find out more about the Loveland Citizen Task Force for Walking and Biking!
the creation of
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.
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
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:
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
Click here for detailed information on the project.
| CanDo and Vida Sana Meeting Schedule
Our next meeting will be Monday, June 27 from 10:30am-12:00pm at Northside Aztlan Community Center (112 Willow St., Fort Collins.)
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.
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 Kelly.Haworth@Uchealth.org 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.
or Katherine Vega at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com
| Vida Sana
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
Successful Health Fair
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.
amazing Promotoras, Edna and Yolanda, recently graduated from the
Family Leadership Training Institute (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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Health Equity Learning Series in Loveland
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
| Built Environment
Built Environment Work Group
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
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
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.
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 Colin.Day@colostate.edu
or Katherine Vega at Katherine.email@example.com
if you have any questions. We hope to see you there!
| Worksite Wellness
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 HealthLinksCertified.org to get started.
We invite you to join us for any of our upcoming events - contact Michelle at firstname.lastname@example.org for questions and to get more information.
|Local Food and Gardens
Gardens on Spring Creek
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
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
$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 www.LovelandYouthGardeners.org
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.
Loveland Public Library
” 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
. 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
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 healthykidsclub.org.
City of Fort Collins - FCBikes
Bike to Work Day is Wednesday, June 22, 6:30-9:30am
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
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.
additional information and to volunteer at a Bike to Work Day Station,
please contact the Traffic Division at 970-962-2535 or email.
Open Streets Sunday, June 5
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.
Corbett Drive-Harmony to Kechter
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
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 www.sproutinup.com
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.
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.
Click here for more information on LiveWell Colorado.
- School Activity. Colorado students will get at least 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity each day in school.
Recreational Opportunities. Colorado children will have access to safe
and affordable recreational spaces for physical activity outside of the
- Active Transportation. Coloradans will increase their use of walking and biking as means of transportation.