Prescription For Health
Every patient is assigned a Care Team which develops an individualized plan that meets all of the patient’s medical, dental, visual, behavioral health, and social needs. The prescription emphasizes prevention, stress reduction and positive behaviors which promote a culture of wellness. Using this approach, we seek to keep patients from developing chronic illnesses like cerebrovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity and help patients with existing chronic illnesses to develop self-management skills enabling them to avoid health crises that would result in Emergency Department visits or hospitalizations.
We take a holistic approach to achieving mind and body wellness. Our programs address food insecurity, healthy eating, and disease prevention and management. Prescriptions may include referral to any of the following services:
Our registered dietitians (RD) offer comprehensive nutritional assessments and counseling to meet each individual’s nutritional needs. With special attention to maintaining overall health and managing health conditions, such as diabetes and hypertension, the RDs work closely with patients, families and the team of health care providers to develop a personalized nutrition plan for each patient.
Food Access Programs
We recently began screening our patients for food insecurity and refer about half our patients to food access programs including:
- WIC Nutrition Program – We have a WIC office on-site at our Tremont Street Center and WIC staff visit Whittier @Quincy Commons twice per week.
- Fairfoods, a food recovery program – Throughout the year, patients can obtain a large bag of produce for only $2.
- WSHC Community Garden – On Thursdays throughout the growing season patients may attend our Garden Club from 10-11 a.m. and receive a free bag of freshly harvested produce.
- Also on Thursdays, Fresh Truck mobile market comes to Whittier from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. They accept food stamp/EBT benefits, and offer immediate reimbursement.
Learn more about food access issues in our communities here by watching a panel discussion about food deserts on Basic Black.
Healthy Weight Programs
This fall we are running an 8 week weight loss support group led by two of our Registered Dietitians (Fridays 11:30-12:30pm). This has been a patient favorite because of the peer support it provides and the engaging nutrition and exercise lessons.
For more information about Nutrition programs, please contact our Nutritionists Rachel Dziedzic @ 617-989-3096 or Mallory Sin @ 617-989-3183, Fax Number: (617) 858-2666.