The four pillars of wellness exist as a product of decades of research focusing on neuroscience and health.

In Dr. Hudziak's role as Chief of Child Psychiatry and Director of the Vermont Center for Children, Youth, and Families at UVM College of Medicine and Medical Center, he has created a new way to help children and families, The Vermont Family Based Approach (VFBA). WE is a novel health promotion program based on the same pillars of wellness emphasized in the VFBA. The approaches of WE have been applied with great success even in the face of great adversity.

WE Fitness Resources

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  • Fitness mentors available for consultation within the residence hall
  • 24/7 virtual group fitness offered in the residence hall

WE Mindfulness Resources

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  • Instructor-led meditation and yoga classes in the residence hall
  • 24/7 virtual meditation and yoga programs in the residence hall

WE Nutrition Resources

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  • Mindful WE menu options prepared in the dining hall by UVM Dining
  • Nutrition programs produced by UVM MSD students
  • Dining hall tours and monthly cooking classes presented by UVM Dining

WE Relate Resources

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  • Education on developing good relationships
  • Participation in WEmentors to pair-up with community youth

Wellness Resources & Incentives

As a member of the Wellness Environment community, students are given resources and incentives to partake in the four pillars of wellness in their everyday life.

In order to receive access to the resources offered in the WE, students must agree to fulfill the community requirements and sign off on the WE Code.


WE Requirements

  • Students are required to complete the course COMU 001: Healthy Brain, Healthy Bodies during their first semester of living in WE. All students who choose to live within WE will be automatically pre-registered for this course
  • Community members commit to a residential environment that is free from the influence and presence of alcohol and/or drugs

WE Research

Please contact the WE Research Team for questions about the research being conducted by the Wellness Environment team, including inquiries of participation.