- Winter Bike to Work Day on Dec. 14 (2016)
On Wednesday, Dec. 14, Fort Collins will celebrate ten years of Winter Bike to Work Day. People who ride their bike that day will find 30 breakfast stations located throughout Fort Collins. The event encourages people to bicycle for transportation; highlights Fort Collins' extensive bike routes; and demonstrates that bicycling is an easy, fun and healthy means of traveling around the city.
Come visit any of the breakfast stations from 7:00 to 9:30am, offering a variety of free breakfast foods, quick bike maintenance and more. For more information, visit the city's Bike Winter webpage.
Bike to Work Day will also mark the launch of the "Eco-Totem" bicycle counter - an 8-foot totem at Remington and Lake Street, which will display in real time the number of people who have bicycled past each day. Join FC Bikes at the breakfast station on Remington at Lake Street to celebrate this exciting new infrastructure, and watch your number tick up on the display.
- Health District's Community Health Assessment (Nov. 2016)
Every three years, the Health District collects information about the health-care needs of our community. We use this information to plan our programs and services, and we also share data with other organizations that are working to improve the health of local residents.
This process is called the Community Health Assessment, and we need your input. The Community Health Survey was mailed to randomly selected households in Larimer County. The survey asks people a wide range of questions about their health and use of health-care services. The information is kept confidential. If you received the survey in the mail, we hope that you will participate! The survey can be mailed back or completed online.
We also will host a series of open meetings in November to discuss local health-care issues, and you can tell us what you think about health care in our community. Forums are scheduled to get input from health-care providers, seniors, business leaders, mental health providers, the Spanish-speaking community and others. The forums are scheduled for Nov. 15-17. If you would like to attend one of the Community Health Forums, contact Katherine at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 970-224-5209.
If you have questions about the survey or the overall assessment process, please contact Sue Hewitt, Evaluation Coordinator at the Health District, email@example.com or 970-224-5209.
- Prescription Drug Take Back Day is Oct. 22 (2016)
National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the public about the potential for abuse of medications. On Oct. 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., local law enforcement and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will provide an opportunity to properly dispose of unused, unneeded and/or expired prescription medications.
The Prescription Drug Take-Back program addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Many people are not aware that medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are increasing, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.
Drop-off locations will be at the following sites:
- Fort Collins: Fort Collins Police Services, 2221 S. Timberline Road, north parking lot
- Fort Collins: Colorado State University, 750 S. Meridian Ave.
- Loveland: Loveland Police Department, 810 E. 10th St.
- Wellington: Larimer County Sheriff's Dept., at Family Dollar parking lot, 8099 S. 6th St.
- Windsor: Windsor Police Department, 200 N. 11th St.
The service is free and anonymous. Law enforcement officers will be present with the drug disposal box at all times. At the conclusion of the event, the boxes will be sealed and turned over to the DEA for proper disposal.
Many kinds of prescription and over-the-counter medications may be brought to this event for disposal, including pet medications. However, liquids, intravenous solutions, injectables/needles, syringes, mercury (thermometers), oxygen containers, chemotherapy/radioactive substances, pressurized canisters and illicit drugs will NOT be accepted.
DEA website for additional information and other local drop-off sites.
Information on environmentally sound disposal methods that minimize opportunities for misuse and protect the environment will be available at the Fort Collins collection site. Flushing medications down the toilet or throwing them in the trash can cause pollution of lakes, streams and water supplies and pose potential safety and health hazards.
Fort Collins Police Services also has a year-round drug take-back program with a secure bin for the collection of prescription/over-the-counter drugs. Residents may drop off unused or expired over-the-counter and prescription medications in the Fort Collins Police Services lobby, 2221 S. Timberline Road, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The same restrictions on eligible/ineligible items apply (see above). For additional information contact Fort Collins Police Services at 970-221-6540.
- Health Data on Health Tracker Website for Larimer County (Oct. 2016)
Community organizations, students, reporters and interested county residents will find a useful source of health data from the Larimer Health Tracker website. This website can be valuable to those who previously relied on the Health section of the Larimer County Compass website, which was discontinued in 2012.
The new tool can be found online at www.larimerhealthtracker.org and serves as a hub for Larimer County health data collected by local, state and national organizations. Overall, more than 700 health indicators are available, including selected socioeconomic and environmental measures that strongly affect a community's health status.
While national and state health data resources currently exist, they can be difficult to find and to navigate. The Larimer Health Tracker provides a user-friendly way to search for specific health indicators, while also displaying the information by age, gender, income and education level, where available. The site includes results of the Health District of Northern Larimer County's triennial Community Health Survey, as well as Larimer County-specific health data from national and state data sets.
In 2012, the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment began conducting a comprehensive community-wide assessment of the health status of the community. This assessment was part of the initial phase of a five-year Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) headed up by LCDHE. In discussions with local leaders, human service agencies, and nonprofit organizations, the need for a centralized location for local health data was identified.
Agencies in Larimer County rely on health data to identify areas of concern, assess gaps in services, as well as to support the need for funding to help fill those gaps. The Larimer Health Tracker has the ability to show historical trends over time, as well as compare local, state and national health indicators.
- Loveland Connect on Oct. 14 (2016)
The fifth annual Loveland Connect will take place on Friday, October 14, 2016 from 8:00am to noon at Truscott Elementary, 211 W. 6th St. This event is based on the national best-practice model called Project Homeless Connect that has been replicated in many communities across the country.
More than 40 services will be offered for the homeless or near homeless at the Loveland Connect event. This event also provides an important opportunity for volunteers to interact with Loveland citizens who are facing homelessness or may be close to becoming homeless. Event guests are paired with a volunteer. The volunteer will walk with the guest through the event, starting with a shared meal, and then help access services available. Services include housing information, dental care or medical health screenings, bike repairs, and haircuts.
To volunteer, please go to www.honservice.org/loveland-connect/ or contact the Community Partnership Office for more information at 970-962-2517.
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