Annual Breakfast Will Highlight Childhood Nutrition

Keynote speaker is Dr. Susan Lynch, Pediatrician and Former NH First Lady

MANCHESTER, NH – The importance of nutrition and children’s health care is the focus of the 11th Annual Morning Matters Breakfast hosted by Child Health Services at Manchester Community Health Center (MCHC). The annual breakfast will be held at the Manchester Downtown Hotel (formerly the Radisson Hotel), 700 Elm Street, on May 17, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Each year Morning Matters brings hundreds of business, education, non-profit, government, medical, and community leaders together to network, listen to compelling speakers, and generate revenue to improve the health and well-being of the children of Greater Manchester. All dollars raised go directly to provide exceptional uncompensated care for over 6,500 of Manchester’s children.

This year’s keynote speaker is Dr. Susan Lynch, pediatrician and former NH First Lady. Dr. Lynch was the keynote speaker eleven years ago at the inaugural Morning Matters breakfast. Dr. Lynch is an advocate for healthy eating and fitness for children and their families. As a pediatrician, former First Lady of New Hampshire and mother, Dr. Lynch will talk to the challenges and opportunities for keeping New Hampshire children healthy.

“The rates of obesity in the United States continue to climb, making childhood nutrition an important issue,” said Kris McCracken, President, and CEO of MCHC. “Since 1980, Child Health Services at MCHC has integrated nutrition screening and services into our pediatric health care to meet the needs of families. With over two decades of expertise, Dr. Lynch has seen, first hand, the importance of approaching nutrition from a family perspective. She understands that when a family works together to improve nutrition, the health outcomes for children are greatly improved. We are very excited to have Dr. Lynch, an early leader in the field, share her knowledge, experience, and passion with us.”

The client speaker this year is Sushila Chhetri, a mother of four, whose children are patients at Child Health Services. Chhetri, originally from Nepal, will share her story about immigrating to the United States to access better care for her child living with disabilities.

This year’s emcee will be John Clayton, executive director of the Manchester Historic Association and Millyard Museum.

Thanks to our sponsors, there is no fee to attend Morning Matters. A special thank you to this year’s Keynote Speaker Sponsor, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of NH. To find out more or for event registration, visit

May 2018



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