WIESBADEN, Germany - The Wiesbaden Army Wellness Center offers free services to enhance health and overall well-being. Reasons for taking advantage of these services include weight goals, fitness testing, stress management, sleep issues and the desire to eat healthier.

"It's a great resource for the community and for your well-being," said Richard Hoke, director of AWC. "A lot of times, people are not aware of their daily health-related behavior, things that could cause their health to go down over the course of time. We help individuals become aware."

When it comes to weight goals metabolic testing can be of great help. It takes approximately 20 minutes to measure the oxygen consumption. Test results are handed out during the one-hour class, Upping Your Metabolism. The AWC provides information about metabolism, useful tips about healthy nutrition and exact recommendations on how many calories to consume per day depending on personal weight goals.

The BOD POD is a machine that measures body fat via air displacement technology. According to AWC staff it is very accurate and just takes two minutes. Personal trainers from the fitness center often send their clients over to have the test done in order to tailor fitness programs to their clients' needs. In addition, when measuring body fat on a monthly basis, people can keep track of the changes their bodies undergo when exercising regularly.

When pursuing specific fitness goals, people can check their fitness by having VO2 testing. This oxygen test reflects cardio-respiratory fitness. The more oxygen the body consumes, the more fit the person. The test also shows the ideal heart rate zones depending on personal goals. Thus, maximum training efficiency can be reached.

After the testing phase, personal questions can also be addressed in individualized health coaching sessions.

Stress and sleep issues affect many people. Biofeedback can help. It is a process of learning how to change physiological activity in order to calm down and relax. The AWC teaches meditation techniques and monitors heart rate and breathing at the same time. The purpose is to show these techniques actually work over time without additional monitoring.

Additionally, AWC offers health-related classes every week. The topics include healthy diet, stress management, fitness and exercise, and healthy sleep habits. Classes are free, but pre-registration is required.

"We are here to support the health and well-being of the Soldiers and Family members," Hoke said. "We are here to give concrete health education and guidance to help people live longer and help them meet their fitness and wellness goals."

All adult Department of Defense ID card holders are eligible for these services: Soldiers and dependents, civilians and dependents, and local nationals. If interested, appointments can be made via phone at 06371-9464 -1478, DSN 590-1478, or in person at AWC Bldg. 1201 on the second floor.

For more information, visit facebook.com/AWCwiesbaden/.

Hours:
Monday to Thursday: 7:30 a.m. to noon, 1-4:30 p.m.
Friday: 7:30 a.m. to noon