About Us

Hearty Nutrition Health & Nutrition Counseling:

Sustenance to make the heart sing….

  • Hearty* = exuberant, cheerful, lively, animated, vivacious, energetic, dynamic, enthusiastic; warm, cordial, amiable, good-natured.
  • Nutrition* = Food, nourishment, or the process of obtaining the food necessary for health and growth.

Together, hearty nutrition is an approach to nourishing the self to find the right sustenance to live life to the fullest.

When society’s demands keep us from living from the heart we’re left feeling unfulfilled and “hungry” for something more, we reach for something to fill us up. The body and soul suffer when that hunger is met with overeating, skipping exercise, overworking, “shopping ’til we drop,” and other excessive behaviors. Trouble is — after all that — we’re still hungry for something to really nourish us.

Hearty Nutrition is an integrative approach to nutrition – examining body composition, hunger, cravings and the nutritional content of meals, as well as other strategies to help the individual make choices to curb stress and satisfy the hungers of the heart. Read More about Kathy below.


I am Kathy McNeely, MS, CNS, LDN, Nutritionist. I meet individuals in person at Mary’s Center, a federally qualified health care facility with clinics in DC and southern Maryland. There I take new clients every day, and have the opportunity to serve mostly Spanish-speaking and uninsured residents of DC, Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties.

I practice a holistic approach to nutrition, which means that our work together focuses on how all parts of your life affect the whole. I look at your age, health history, activity level, blood type, metabolic rate and personal preferences to determine your dietary needs. Does stress at your job or in your relationship cause you to overeat? Does lack of sleep or low energy prevent you from exercising?

Recommendations I make are mostly food-based, helping to create balanced nutrition which includes more high-quality, organic vegetables, fruits, complex carbohydrates, protein, water; and less inflammatory and artificial foods.

I have spent most of my adult life interacting with cultures other than my own. I lived and worked in rural Central America for five years, spending most of my time in northern Guatemala training indigenous women as community leaders. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, I trained in nutrition at Maryland University of Integrative health, I studied ministry and counseling at Harvard Divinity School and have served as a chaplain at Williams College in Western Massachusetts.

From 1998- 2014 I worked in Washington DC as an advocate on international hunger, human rights and economic justice issues. I have traveled extensively throughout east and southern Africa, Central and South America. I speak Spanish fluently.


Kathy is thoughtful and responsive. I appreciated the fact that she responded to my needs individually. GK – Sharon, NH