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You’re Invited to the “Building Healthy Places” Community Presentation in Loveland on April 2


Six design and planning experts from Colorado’s chapter of the Urban Land Institute (ULI), a land-use research and policy group, will spend April 2 in Loveland for a thorough study of ways to better connect residents along U.S. Highway 287 in north Loveland to goods and services offered in their neighborhoods.

The area of focus, along U.S. 287 between 29th Street and 37th Street, has long been challenging for residents with limited mobility. The car-dependent environment blocks access for many residents of affordable and senior housing communities to the full-service shopping center, health clinics, neighborhood parks, farmer’s market, and community organizations within and near the study area.

Findings and recommendations, developed during the daylong study by ULI panelists and community members, will be presented at a public open house:

TIME: 5:00 pm
DATE: April 2, 2015
PLACE: Orchard Place Clubhouse, 197 Elder Drive

The City of Loveland, in competition with eight other Colorado communities, earned the ULI Building Healthy Places Workshop in collaboration with CanDo, a local organization focused on healthy eating and active living opportunities. Bethany Clark, a planner in the City’s Community and Strategic Planning division, co-wrote the application with CanDo Loveland’s health planner Katie Guthrie.

The workshop, funded by the Colorado Health Foundation, will bring together design experts, stakeholders, and decision-makers to envision new design features that will benefit community health and foster other improvements to Loveland’s focus area.
“While the 287 corridor has a strong mix of goods and services needed to support healthy lifestyles, it lacks adequate bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure to support safe mobility,” Clark said.

“This workshop is an opportunity for community leaders and stakeholders to collaborate and explore ways to shape the built environment in order improve the health and wellness of the community.”

ULI Colorado, in announcing Loveland and Pueblo as the two communities awarded the opportunity, cited research that links the design and planning of communities to public health.
“The Colorado Health Foundation and ULI Colorado are uniquely paired to address these issues,” ULI Colorado Executive Director Michael Leccese said. “With the breadth of knowledge our panel will possess, the workshops will provide real solutions for these communities to implement.”

Loveland Housing Authority Executive Director Sam Betters, in a letter supporting the application, said the “Building Healthy Places” initiative fits with his organization’s goals.
“As a housing provider, we are committed to supporting our residents in achieving active, healthy lifestyles,” Betters wrote. “We understand that place matters, so we support built environments that provide opportunities and access for all residents.”

If you have additional questions, contact Katie Guthrie at katie.guthrie@uchealth.org.

Read our Coalition Updates for March. We have details on many partner events in March as well as meeting updates and reminders.

2015 Health Equity Learning Series Expands


CanDo and Vida Sana are excited to announce that we have been awarded a grant from the Colorado Trust to host a series of four live-streamed trainings on Health Equity. This will be the first year that we will host the learning series in both Fort Collins and Loveland.  


Click here to see future dates for the series

Upcoming Meetings

Vida Sana - Monday, March 30

10:30am-12:00pm at the Northside Aztlan Community Center (112 E. Willow Street, Fort Collins).

BEWG (Built Environment Work Group) - Wednesday, April 15

3:00-4:30pm at the City of Fort Collins Community Room (215 North Mason).

Fort Collins Coalition - Thursday, April 30

8:30-10:00am at the Westbridge 1st floor Conference Rm. (1107 S. Lemay Ave).

**Click here for the 2015 CanDo Meeting Calendar**

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