Eating Right Is Not Complicated

  • Emphasize fruit, vegetables, whole grains and low-fat or fat-free milk and milk products.
  • Include lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs and nuts.
  • Make sure your diet is low in saturated fats, trans fats, salt (sodium) and added sugars.

Make Your Calories Count

  • Eat foods rich in nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals and fiber.
  • Eat lower calorie foods.


Focus on Variety

  • Eat a variety of food from all food groups.
  • Fruits and vegetables can be fresh, frozen or canned.
  • Eat dark green vegetables such as leafy greens or broccoli.
  • Eat orange vegetables such as sweet potatoes and carrots.
  • Vary your protein choices with more fish, beans and peas.
  • Emphasize fruit, vegetables, whole grains and low-fat or fat-free milk and milk products.
  • Include lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs and nuts.
  • Eat at least 3 ounces of whole-grain cereals, breads, crackers, rice or pasta every day.


Check the Ingredient List

  • Foods with more than one ingredient must have an ingredient list on the label.
  • Ingredients are listed in descending order by weight.
  • Those in the largest amounts are listed first.


The Wellness Institute at Whittier Street Health Center

Whittier’s Wellness Institute includes a community garden and a Fitness Club as well as a number of Dieticians on staff who can assist you in planning healthy meals.  Our community garden is about to start planting for this season.  To learn more, please call Whittier Street Health Center at 617-427-1000.

National HIV Testing Day

  • June 28, 2022

National HIV Testing Day By: Michelle Ward, Manager of Programs and Social Services, Whittier Street Health Center On Wednesday, June 29th, 2022, Whittier Street Health Center will honor National HIV Testing Day (June 27th) by encouraging everyone to get tested for HIV (human immunodeficiency virus), the virus that causes AIDS. You can get tested in […]


Men’s Health- Prostate Health Awareness

  • June 16, 2022

Prostate Health Awareness June 16, 2022 | Tags: men’s health, prostate health awareness Prostate Health Awareness by Stephen Wright, MD This month, Whittier Street Health Center is highlighting prostate health as our upcoming Men’s Health Summit is on Saturday, June 25th, 2022. Prostate health is a major men’s health issue and we want the men in our […]


May is Haitian Heritage Month

  • May 31, 2022

  Whittier Celebrates:  May is Haitian Heritage Month May is Haitian Heritage Month, and Whittier Street Health Center is celebrating the diverse culture, heritage, contributions, and struggles of the Haitian community throughout history. Haitian Heritage Month was first celebrated in Boston 20 years ago to emphasize our Haitian constituents’ pride in their culture and heritage. The […]


May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month – Let’s Get Active!

  • May 25, 2022

May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month – Let’s Get Active! By Ashley Baril, Fitness Center Manager, Whittier Street Health Center May is National Physical Fitness and Sports month! This means it’s time to celebrate and highlight the importance of staying active through sports and other fitness activities. Adults can celebrate by being physically […]


Alcohol Awareness Month

  • April 25, 2022

  Drinking Alcohol: Not Good for Your Heart or Health By Carolyn Reynolds, Associate Director of Behavioral Health-Adult and Substance Use Services, WSHC   For years having a glass of wine, a beer, or a cocktail was considered a harmless way to unwind. Recent data shows that drinking alcohol is not as harmless to our […]


Together We Can Achieve Health Equity: 2022

  • April 22, 2022

  Our Mission Is To… Serve as a center of excellence that provides high quality, and accessible health care and social services that achieve health equity, social justice, and the economic well-being of our diverse patient populations. Whittier is committed to promote wellness and eliminate health and social disparities regardless of patients’ differences and their […]


April is National Minority Health Month (NMHM)

  • April 12, 2022

April is National Minority Health Month (NMHM) Submitted by: Christine Pajarillo, LICSW, VP of Programs and Social Services and Carolyn Reynolds, MS, Associate Director of Behavioral Health Services, Whittier Street Health Center.   As April is National Minority Health Month (NMHM), a time to raise awareness about health disparities that continue to affect people from […]


Savoring the Many Flavors of Whittier’s Multi-Cultural Community

  • April 1, 2022

By Kate Willbur, RD,LD/N, Registered Dietitian, WSHC Whittier Street Health Center’s (WSHC) multicultural community has a bounty of many different dishes that can be incorporated into a heart-healthy eating plan. Try these tips to enjoy a world of flavors at home!     Eat a variety of nutritious foods Enjoy your favorite foods, like mangu, […]


Baker-Polito administration awards additional $13.5 million for COVID-19 vaccine equity efforts

  • January 14, 2022

BOSTON — The Baker-Polito Administration today announced $13.5 million to support community organizations working in the cities and towns hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic as part of the Massachusetts Vaccine Equity Initiative to increase awareness, acceptance and access to the COVID-19 vaccine. These latest grants are part of the Administration’s investment of more than $46.5 million to address […]


A note about Whittier and COVID-19

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak in our area, we ask all clients and patients to call ahead before coming to any of our sites. We are working to take care of most clients/patients via phone/video encounter so we can meet your ongoing healthcare needs. This is for your safety and so we can provide the highest quality of care to you while following CDC guidance for COVID-19. Please call 617-427-1000 for any questions or concerns.

Whittier will provide COVID-19 testing from 10 am to 4 pm on Monday to Friday. Following CDC guidance, we recommend testing if you have a fever AND one of the following three symptoms: cough OR shortness of breath OR sore throat. Please bring your picture identification and your insurance card (if you have insurance).