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Nutrition education tools for primary school children in the Vaal region

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  • Wilna Oldewage-Theron
  • Carin Napier

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South Africa's high prevalence of malnutrition severely affects children's well-being and ability to learn. According to the World Bank, malnutrition is found in households from all spheres of life, since caregivers are not well informed about healthy food choices and feeding practices. A long-term solution to the problem is to encourage people to grow food and improve their incomes, but a quicker solution is to provide health and nutrition education and services to encourage healthy food choices. This paper describes the development of nutrition education tools (NETs) as part of a nutrition education programme for primary school children (Grades 1 to 3) from low-income households in South Africa. The study used the Food and Agriculture Organization's framework for nutrition education to develop simple, cost-effective, appropriate and applicable NETs.

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  • Wilna Oldewage-Theron & Carin Napier, 2011. "Nutrition education tools for primary school children in the Vaal region," Development Southern Africa, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 28(2), pages 283-292.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:deveza:v:28:y:2011:i:2:p:283-292 DOI: 10.1080/0376835X.2011.570075
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