Campus, Community Invited to Participate in 4-20 5K Run Sponsored by UVM’s Wellness Environment
- By Jeffrey R. Wakefield
Members of the University of Vermont’s Wellness Environment (WE) have a different idea about how to celebrate 4-20, a day many college students use to protest marijuana laws: they’re using the occasion to promote healthy choices by staging a 5K run.
More than 700 students, faculty and staff have already registered for the race. Organizers expect 1,000 to participate. The event will start at 4:20 p.m. and will begin near the tents by the entrance to the Gutterson Fieldhouse.
Community members are also invited join the run. All participants will receive a WE t-shirt.
“We want to come together to celebrate wellness on a day when others choose to make other kinds of decisions,” said Jim Hudziak, a faculty member in UVM’s College of Medicine who is the creator and director of the WE program. “We don’t judge those other decisions, but we want to offer an opportunity for students to make the healthy choice."
The Wellness Environment is a substance free living community on the UVM campus that incentivizes students to create a healthy lifestyle and shows the impacts of good and bad decisions on the brain through a neuroscience course called Healthy Brains Healthy Bodies.
Its enrollment has increased by 10-fold in the two years since it was launched. Next fall, 1,200 students are expected to be part of WE, making up nearly 25 percent of UVM’s on-campus student population.