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Malnutrition Relief Leader to Speak at LIU Post Commencement May 4

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Morgan Lyle,Assistant Director of Public Relations
LIU Post, Long Island University
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Stephen CollinsBrookville, N.Y. – The co-founder of an innovative aid group that makes and distributes food specially designed to treat and prevent severe acute malnutrition in Africa will be the keynote speaker at the 54th Commencement exercises at LIU Post on Friday, May 4.

Dr. Steve Collins, co-founder of Valid Nutrition, will also receive an honorary doctorate.

Valid Nutrition manufactures highly fortified, oil-based nutrient dense pastes specifically designed for the treatment of malnutrition. They are made from varying combinations of grains, pulses and seeds, milk powder, sugar, oil, vitamins and minerals. They are precooked and ready to eat straight from the pack.

Where possible, Valid Nutrition sources ingredients for its products locally from small-holder farmers and local suppliers, thus bringing major advantages in terms of cost, quality and a multiplier effect to local economies – a sustainable approach in the broadest sense.

Collins is a medical doctor with a doctorate in nutrition. He developed the Community-based Therapeutic Care (CTC) model in 1998 and has been the central figure behind the development and expansion of CTC using ready-to-use foods and the recent acceptance of these innovations by the World Health Organization.

In 2001, he received an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) for his services to humanitarianism. He is a respected academic, has published widely in major international journals, including the Lancet, is a visiting research fellow at the Institute of Child Health in London and sits on the council of the Commonwealth Association of Pediatrics and Gastroenterology.

Commencement 2012 will celebrate the achievements of 974 baccalaureate students, 1,183 master's degree candidates, 24 doctoral candidates, and 145 students who have competed advanced certificates. The main ceremony on the Great Lawn will begin at 11:30 a.m.

Posted 05/03/2012

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