Jean Harvey teaches people how to change their lifestyles in ways that help them to eat less and move more, which ultimately leads to weight loss of a lasting kind. For her personally, "moving" involves running, biking, swimming and skiing.
She is not only the department chair, her appointment is in both the Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences and UVM Medical College. She was awarded a prestigious Fulbright Scholarship to Australia in August 2012.
She is well known as the founder of the famed VTrim online weight-loss program. Her book, the "Eating Well Diet", co-authored with the editors of "Eating Well" magazine, won the James Beard Foundation book award in the Healthy Focus category in 2008.