The University of Vermont Receives nearly $400K for ‘Serious Games’ to Promote Healthy Food Policy
An interdisciplinary team of University of Vermont researchers is using video game technology to inform decision-making around policies to increase access to healthy foods.
The University of Vermont has received nearly $400,000 in support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to support an interdisciplinary team’s use of “serious game” technology to test how policies across the food system can better support access to healthy foods.
The two-year grant will support research on the systemic barriers between civic-minded farm businesses and communities with disproportionately low access to fresh, whole foods. The cross-campus partnership will employ serious games — video games which are not for entertainment purposes — that can test how different scenarios might play out in real life.