Category Archives: Health & Lifestyle

Things you didn’t know: Easter traditions in Germany

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — When it comes to celebrations in Germany, colorfully decorated trees are not just for the Christmas season.   Roughly four weeks before Easter, which falls on April 4, 2021, handcrafted eggs dangle from the branches of birch trees — symbolizing new life and fertility. Towns of all…

March 27th, 2021 Health & Lifestyle, News, Things You Didn't Know

Farmers’ markets offer healthy alternatives

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Growing everything from the famous white asparagus to the eponymous Hallertau hops, Bavaria continues to be the most important agricultural state and the largest producer of food in Germany.   But farming in Bavaria is more than sustenance, it’s tradition.   For centuries, townspeople have flocked to…

March 19th, 2021 Health & Lifestyle, News, Things You Didn't Know

Military spouses of senior ranking officials tour quality of life at USAG Bavaria

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany – Military spouses of several senior ranking officials took part in a quality-of-life tour of U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria on Thursday, March 11. The tour highlighted PCS procedures, housing, child care, health care, spouse employment, religious and recreational opportunities on the installation.   Special guests included Angela Abernethy,…

March 16th, 2021 Health & Lifestyle, News

Partnership in pandemic times

WEIDEN, Germany – Even though all upcoming events and citizen encounters with USAG Bavaria partner cities were canceled due to COVID-19, there are still opportunities for strengthening partnerships. On Feb. 18, Lord Mayor Jens Meyer of Weiden and Col. Christopher R. Danbeck, commander of USAG Bavaria, added the new garrison…

February 18th, 2021 Health & Lifestyle, News

Hiking through the countryside to the Teufelstein

VILSECK, Germany — While COVID-19 is a frustrating obstacle that keeps community members from exploring many wonderous things that Germany has to offer, there are still some hidden gems in the local area that can be explored safely. One of these gems is the Teufelstein Loop, also known as the…

February 11th, 2021 Health & Lifestyle, News, Things You Didn't Know

FFP2 masks now required for shopping and public transit in Bavaria

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Individuals wanting to use off-post public transportation or retail stores in Bavaria will now be required to wear a medical-grade FFP2 mask, starting Jan. 18, 2021. Children under 15 years old are not required to wear this specific mask. However, children above the age of 6 are…

January 14th, 2021 Health & Lifestyle, News

Preventing drunk and drugged driving

By Carly-Jayne Waters with USAG Bavaria’s Army Substance Abuse Program   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany ­— The holiday season can be a wonderful time of year. As COVID-19 safety regulations permit, community members gather to enjoy the change in scenery, cold weather, hot chocolate and warm fires. Under normal circumstances, the season is…

November 6th, 2020 Health & Lifestyle, News

Soldiers take part in spooktacular pumpkin carving contest

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers (BOSS) program hosted a first-time event of pumpkin carving and painting at the Bavaria Arts and Crafts Center, last Friday on Oct. 16, 2020. Participating Soldiers carved and painted pumpkins, while wearing masks, sanitizing hands and working at properly distanced workstations.…

October 22nd, 2020 Health & Lifestyle, Holiday, News

Safe alternatives to trick-or-treating

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany – The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers many guidelines for consideration to ensure an enjoyable Halloween this year, despite COVID-19. By replacing traditional close contact Halloween celebrations with physical distanced alternatives, the CDC states that the risk of spreading COVID-19 through communities is lowered.  …

October 1st, 2020 Health & Lifestyle, News

USAG Bavaria PWOC kicks off season

  By Jamie Crawford, a volunteer with USAG Bavaria Religious Education Editor’s Note: Jamie Crawford is also a PWOC participant.   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany – Grafenwoehr Protestant Women of the Chapel (PWOC) kicked off their fall Bible studies, on Sept. 3 at Netzaberg Chapel. The first congregation put special emphasis on…

September 25th, 2020 Health & Lifestyle, News