Category Archives: Health & Lifestyle

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Prepare for a safe summer by being alcohol aware

By Laura Garcia, program specialist with Army Substance Abuse Program (ASAP)   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The Army Substance Abuse Program provides resources to community members so everyone can make smart decisions regarding alcohol consumption. Check out tips the program has for responsibly consuming, and avoiding, alcoholic beverages this summer.  …

June 11th, 2021 Health & Lifestyle, News, Safety & Security Bytes

American Red Cross lets community members volunteer from home

By Brea DuBose, Volunteer with American Red Cross Vilseck Complex   VILSECK, Germany — Before the coronavirus pandemic, most American Red Cross volunteers offered assistance in person. From helping run blood drives, to teaching classes and supporting the military community in Bavaria, the volunteer opportunities were endless. But as the…

June 9th, 2021 Health & Lifestyle, News

Tips for safely exploring Germany’s great outdoors

By Laura Garcia, program specialist with Army Substance Abuse Program (ASAP)   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — It is finally starting to warm up in Germany, and the time has come to get outside and enjoy this lush, green scenery. Riding bicycles, hiking, walking or running — all of these physical activities…

May 26th, 2021 Health & Lifestyle, Safety & Security Bytes

Summer Sense Campaign begins virtually at USAG Bavaria

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — For the second year in a row, the Army Substance Abuse Program is hosting its Summer Sense Campaign virtually across U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria. This year, the team wants community members to be on the lookout for fresh content and updated safety information.   “Last year, COVID-19…

May 26th, 2021 Health & Lifestyle, News, Safety & Security Bytes

U.S. Army offers COVID-19 vaccination to local nationals

VILSECK, Germany — U.S. Army Medical Department Activity-Bavaria, in collaboration with U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria, 7th Army Training Command and the tenant units within the USAG Bavaria footprint, conducted a weeklong COVID-19 Vaccination drive starting on May 3, 2021, at the Multi-Purpose Center on Rose Barracks.   According to U.S.…

May 5th, 2021 Health & Lifestyle, News

How to prepare for, respond to severe weather in Germany

By Kellie Matack, USAG Bavaria Emergency Management   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — In the spring and summer, it is not unusual for Germany to experience an inflow of warm, humid air masses originating from the southwest. When these air masses converge with the colder air from the north, and there is…

May 3rd, 2021 Environmental, Health & Lifestyle, News, Safety & Security Bytes

Legionella testing to begin at USAG Bavaria

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — In order to ensure water safety, USAG Bavaria and U.S. Army garrisons across Germany will conduct a routine Legionella bacteria survey in all our communities.                             Final Governing Standards for Germany now require the annual monitoring of bathroom showers for Legionella bacteria at locations meeting technical…

April 18th, 2021 Environmental, Health & Lifestyle, News

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