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New app will enable IDF combat soldiers to work better under pressureA special new project called Keter – a Hebrew acronym for fitness, diet and relaxation – that the IDF Central Command’s Health Department has developed is aimed at improving combat soldiers’ resilience. An app was developed for this project that will enable soldiers to give and receive live updates about physical competency, diet and their mental health. “We want to give soldiers practical tools,” said the project’s initiator Col. Dr. Hagai Frankel.
The use of lifestyle improvement apps is already a part of most people’s every day routine, so it was just a matter of time until the IDF would adopt the idea. A new app developed by the IDF will allow for its combat soldiers to improve their fitness levels, implement healthy diets and regulate the high level stress that is part of combat.
For nearly a year, IDF combat soldiers in the West Bank have been forced to deal with a terror wave that has worn them out. As a result, the IDF Central Command’s Health Department and Tel Aviv University’s Broshim Campus have developed a unique project called Keter – a Hebrew acronym for fitness, diet and relaxation. The project aims to build up the soldiers’ resilience, improve their health and functioning, and turn them into soldiers better fit for combat. “We understood that the soldiers’ resilience is crucial in helping them with their operational missions,” explained the project’s initiator and leader Col. Dr. Hagai Frankel. “We want to give soldiers practical tools.”
The app makes the project more accessible and enables soldiers to give and receive live updates. Here’s how it works: Each combat soldier fills out a daily status report that includes the workouts he or she has completed, the food he or she ate and his or her mood. The commanders receive their entire company’s feedback, which allows them to follow their soldiers’ progression and lets them know where improvement is needed.
One of the project elements is the biofeedback system aids them in teaching their soldiers how to control stress caused by the events they experience.
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