Vida Sana

Health begins where we live, learn, work and play. Availability and access to:

  • Nutritious food
  • Decent housing
  • Safe workplaces and homes
  • Walkable neighborhoods
  • Affordable, reliable public transportation
  • Clean water and air

all have an impact on our health. Research shows that one’s income, race/ethnicity or zip code play a significant role in their health and well-being. Among all health-risk behaviors including physical activity, fruit and vegetable consumption and overweight/obesity, Hispanic/Latinos in Colorado have a greater disparity than the state’s population as a whole.

Vida Sana

Vida Sana: Uniting for the health equity of Latinos/Coalición mejorar la salud de nuestra comunidad latina is a community coalition addressing health disparities among Hispanic/Latinos and low-income community members in North Fort Collins. To get involved, contact Edgar Dominguez at eddie.dominguez@uchealth.org or 970-495-7519.

With funding from Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), the coalition of over 200 community members works together to identify the risk factors among the Latino/Hispanic and low-income communities that contribute to health disparities and create community based solutions. The coalition works in three areas:

Neighborhood Promotoras

Neighborhood promotoras, or community health workers, have been identified in four neighborhoods - Poudre Valley Mobile Home Park, Hickory Village, Andersonville and Coachlight Plaza - to assess needs, barriers, and desires for interventions. This approach has been successful with Latinas around women’s breast, reproductive and oral health. Vida Sana is eager to expand their work to include other chronic disease interventions. The
outcomes of this project component include:

  • increased access and utilization of available preventative health services for chronic diseases
  • increased awareness among Hispanic/Latino community members on the prevention and treatment of chronic disease
  • increased awareness among health practioners on the barriers, needs and other cultural issues affecting Latinos and chronic disease prevention and treatment
  • increased linkages between Hispanic/Latino families and policy advocacy efforts to impact school, work and community environments affecting health.

Physical Activity Programming

Please come join us for all of our Vida Sana events!

Vida Sana members may access the Northside Facility for free for usage of the cardio/weight room, basketball court during open gym times and track use.  ***The Vida Sana pass can and will be revoked if being utilized for the sole purpose of showering or loitering at the facility. ***

Zumba classes are FREE to Vida Sana members.  If you are not a Vida Sana member class enrollment prices can vary depending if you have a facility pass.

ENROLLMENT for fitness classes for Non-Vida Sana: With Facility Pass  Enrollment = $.90/class, ttl. $4.50/5week session. Without facility pass: Enrollment is $3.00/class, ttl $15.00/5week session. Drop in $5.50/class.  

Zumba classes are Monday, Wednesday & Friday at Club Tico - 9:00-10:00 AM. Tuesday & Thursday at Northside Aztlan Community Center - 6:30-7:30 PM.  Sunday afternoons at Northside Aztlan Community Center - 3:30-4:30 PM  

Active childcare takes place at Northside Aztlan Center during the evening Zumba classes on Tuesday and Thursday (6:30-7:30 PM) and Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at Club Tico, 9am.

You may complete or turn in a completed Vida Sana online application (click to download application in English or Spanish) at the Northside Aztlan Community Center.

Vida Sana is a Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Grant focused on health equity for the Latino community. For more information about Vida Sana or to join the Vida Sana coalition, please contact Jonny Roman at 221-6652, jroman@fcgov.com or visit the NACC website.

Engaging community members in advocacy efforts for the built environment

Photovoice

In the Spring of 2012, several N. Fort Collins residents participated in a project with CanDo to tell the story of their neighborhood through pictures and group discussion. The intent of the project is to start a dialogue around issues of access to healthy options throughout our community and to inspire solutions for improvement. An example:

PV 1Watch out for the big rigs!

Big rigs pass by PVMHP all day everyday at very high speeds right up against the bike lane that’s not even barely there.” Billie Jo, Age 30

 


CanDo spotlight!

Learn a little bit more about Vida Sana and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Health Disparities grant.