National Nutrition Month


National Nutrition Month is an annual nutrition education and information campaign created annually in March by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign focuses on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. There will be weekly themes for National Nutrition Month with samples being distributed from 11:30 – 12:30 every Wednesday in March, by the cafe. The weeks themes are as follows: nuts and legumes, mediterranean, hydration, eggs & dairy, and protein.

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day, also celebrated in March, increases awareness of registered dietitian nutritionists as the indispensable providers of food and nutrition services and recognizes RDNs for their commitment to helping people enjoy healthy lives.

Brittany Winship, RDN, LD — Clinical Registered Dietitian

Brittany received her Bachelor’s in medical-community dietetics at Viterbo University in La Crosse, Wisconsin in 2009. She enjoys working with individuals to help build a healthy relationship with food and improve health independent of body weight. She currently works with our Inpatient Rehab, progressive care unit, and oncology patients. If you’re interested in working on your health in a supportive way join her on Thursdays at 5 p.m. for a 30 minute support group.

Greta Hopke, RDN, LD, IBCLC — Clinical Dietitian

While finishing her Masters in Health Education, Greta started her dietitian career in 2005 working full time at a small hospital in outpatient nutrition education and inpatient clinical nutrition. In 2010, Greta switched to part time, working at Audrain County Health Department with breastfeeding and the WIC program. She is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, assisting mothers with breastfeeding issues.  Greta works additional days each month as a nursing home Dietitian Consultant.  In March 2016, Greta also joined Hannibal Regional Hospital as a Clinical Dietitian one day a week, as well as rotating weekend coverage with the other dietitians.  She enjoys the ability to provide her nutrition expertise to a wide variety of clientele, residents and patients.

Nancy Hays, RDN, LD — Director, Clinical Nutrition Services

Nancy Hays has over 20 years’ experience as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist.  She received her Bachelor’s degree in Food Science and Human Nutrition-Dietetics from the University of Missouri-Columbia.  Nancy joined Hannibal Regional Hospital in 2001 as a clinical dietitian, working with both inpatients and outpatients, educating them on nutritional care for specific diseases and general health. As Director, Nancy now provides oversight of the Nutrition Services patient care team, development and nutritional analysis of patient menus, and the Outpatient Diabetes Center.

Katie Foster, RDN, LD — Clinical Registered Dietitian

Katie Foster is a Registered Dietitian for Hannibal Regional Hospital. Katie was born and raised in nearby Monroe City, Missouri. She attended the Coordinated Program in Dietetics and received her Bachelors in Human Environmental Sciences with Emphasis in Dietetics from the University of Missouri. Katie currently works with our ICU, Medical Surgery, Ortho and Pediatric patients, as well as writes a weekly nutrition topic for our team member blog. Katie enjoys spending time with her husband Dane and 2 year old son Nash. She loves the outdoors, walking, and trying new recipes. When it comes to eating healthy, Katie believes that moderation and portion control is key!  

Marie Niemeyer, RDN, LD, CDE — Outpatient Dietitian

Marie Niemeyer has almost 40 years’ experience as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist.  She graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a BS in Food Science and Human Nutrition-Dietetics.  Her career began as a Clinical Dietitian at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Hannibal.  While raising her family, she worked as a WIC Nutritionist and dietitian consultant to local nursing homes.  She also has several years’ experience as a Director of Food Services.  Marie became a Certified Diabetes Educator in 2007, and maintains that certification presently.   She rejoined Hannibal Regional in 2015 as the Outpatient Dietitian.   Marie truly enjoys educating and assisting individuals in developing healthy lifestyles.  Marie is available for outpatient nutrition or diabetes education consultations through the Diabetes Center.