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 Health’s Office of Health Disparities (OHD), 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

In partnership with The Womens Resource Center, neighborhood promotoras, or community health workers, have been identified in four neighborhoods - Poudre Valley Mobile Home Park, Hickory Village, Andersonville and Coachlight Plaza - in neighborhoods to assess needs, barriers, and desires for interventions. This approach has been successful with Latinas around women’s breast, reproductive and oral health. WRC 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

You may sign up for Vida Sana physical activity programming at the Northside Aztlan Community Center (112 Willow) by filling out a form and placing it in the mailbox closest to the lounge and the vending machine. 

Zumba classes are $2 if you are not a Vida Sana member or free if you are. We have Zumba classes on:
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at Club Tico - 9:00-10:00 AM
Wednesday and Thursday at NACC - 6:15-7:15 PM
Sunday afternoons at NACC - 3:30-4:30 PM

Free Teen Tone Time on Wednesday and Thursday from 6:15-7:15 PM. Meet in the lounge at NACC.

Free active childcare takes place at NACC during the evening Zumba classes on Wedneday and Thursday (6:15-7:15 PM) as well as the afternoon session on Sunday (3:30-4:30 PM).

For more information about Vida Sana related events at NACC, visit their website or contact Betsy Hill at 221-6652, bhill@fcgov.com.

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 Office of Health Disparities grant.