oa South African Journal of Clinical Nutrition - Community health workers can play an important role in the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases in poor communities



Countries in transition, such as South Africa, are particularly affected by the increased prevalence of obesity across all economic levels and age groups. Shifts in dietary intake and physical activity patterns to higher fat intake and inactivity are thought to be contributing factors. Prevention and treatment of obesity is therefore necessary to prevent the development of non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Such interventions should be based on education, behaviour change, community participation and local action. In this regard, adequately resourced prevention and intervention programmes should be planned, monitored and evaluated properly.


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