In 1996, a report assessing the nutritional status of South Africans (Potchefstroom, 1996) documented the nature andextent of nutrition vulnerability among specific South African populations, in particular, low-income families withyoung children. Further, the report indicated that many government and non-government programs were perceivedto be ineffective in addressing specific nutrition and health concerns in these populations. The technical assistanceof Michigan State University (MSU) faculty and Extension staff was requested by the Greater JohannesburgTransitional Metropolitan Council (TMC), Nutrition Unit. The aim of the assistance was to provide technicalexpertise in developing, implementing, and evaluating a model, paraprofessional nutrition/family education programin Johannesburg, South Africa low-income communities.

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