UVM WE was created by UVM Larner College of Medicine professor & Chief of Child Psychiatry, Dr. Jim Hudziak, in order to create an environment to incentivize college students to build healthy brains & healthy bodies.
In 2017,WE moved into UVM's Central Campus Residence Hall (CCRH), traditional-housing that includes a 450-seat dining facility with learning center, a bridge/connector to Bailey/Howe Library, a fitness center, yoga room, and location on the Green Mountain Walkway.
The WE Research Study seeks to determine the effectiveness of incentivizing college students to engage in more healthy behaviors through the use of technology. The UVM WE App is a research & health promotion tool utilizing incentive-based behavior change.
WE students participate in a 3-credit course, Healthy Brains, Healthy Bodies (HBHB), taught by leading experts in the field. Students explore how the choices they make everyday play a role in brain health and development. Then, students put what they learn to practice within WE.