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How do you cope if there is little work, you need to provide for your family and are surrounded by hopelessness and depression? Refugees living in camps are often faced with situations like this, which affect their health and their relationships. In response to this, Operation Mercy operates a men’s fitness program in Domiz, one of the camps for Syrian refugees in our region.

Goals for project:

1. Improve men’s health through increased physical exercise, balanced diet, psychosocial support, improved coping skills, and increased family and community involvement.

2. Create a positive atmosphere for men to build community with one another through focused group discussions and home visits.

3. Improve the level of physical and emotional health of those who participate.

4. Provide a healthy way to relieve stress though fitness exercises and frisbee.

Keystone targets men living in vulnerable environments that struggle with inactivity, smoking, obesity, high levels of stress, hypertension, diabetes, heart problems, depression, loneliness, and an inability to enjoy life. This project combats the unhealthy lifestyles through educating men on healthy living and helping them establish the habits of exercising regularly, eating healthy, and getting consistent sleep.

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