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.

Take Steps Toward Health and Well-Being During National Physical Fitness & Sports Month

  • May 2, 2023

Take Steps Toward Health and Well-Being During National Physical Fitness & Sports Month Designated in 1983 by the President’s Council on Fitness, May is the official National Physical Fitness & Sports Month – and what better time of the year than spring to celebrate and promote physical activity and the benefits of sports participation! Physical […]


Raising Awareness About Alcohol Abuse and Dependency

  • April 18, 2023

    Organized by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, April has been designated as Alcohol Awareness Month since 1987 as a way of increasing outreach and education about the dangers of alcoholism and issues related to drinking. The awareness month had the original intention of targeting college-aged individuals whose newfound independence sometimes […]


Food for Thought During National Nutrition Month

  • March 15, 2023

March is National Nutrition Month, a time to focus attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating habits – issues that many of our patients struggle with not out of indifference but due to food insecurity and limited access to supermarkets.  It is for these very reasons that Whittier Street […]


The Life-Saving Importance of Colorectal Cancer Screenings

  • March 9, 2023

The statistics are eye-opening. According to the 2020 Data Report on Colorectal Cancer in Massachusetts, colorectal cancer is the most commonly diagnosed and third cause of cancer deaths among men and women in the state, with the highest incidence between 2012-2016 among Black non-Hispanics. Therefore, the importance of screenings and early detection of the disease […]


Take a Heart-Healthy Approach to Life

February is American Heart Month, and while heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States across all ages, genders, and ethnicities, the highest risk of a cardiovascular event falls within minority populations. In fact, deaths related to heart attacks and strokes increased during the pandemic and disproportionately affected Black, Hispanic, and […]


Black History Month – a Time to Recognize, Realize, and Rejoice

February is Black History Month, an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time not only to acknowledge the struggles and adversity of the Black American experience in the United States, but to recognize, appreciate, and honor its central role in U.S. history. During our Black History Month celebration on February 9th, Whittier […]


Cervical Cancer Awareness Month – Early Detection Key to Treatment

  • January 11, 2023

January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, and the initiative is high to get the word out about the importance of early detection – the key for the prevention and treatment of the disease. Once a leading cause of cancer-related death for women in this country, screening and prompt treatment have significantly reduced the impact of […]


Celebrating a Life of Service – Martin Luther King Day Event

In honor of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. Whittier Street Health Center will host a “Celebrating a Life of Service” event on Thursday, January 12, from noon to 2 p.m. in our Community Education Room at 1290 Tremont Street, Roxbury. Please join us in paying tribute to the life and legacy of Dr. […]


Mental Health Holidays

The stores are awash with goods of the season, songs of good cheer filter the airwaves and the rush, rush, rush that this time of year brings is definitely on. For many, the holidays can be a trying time – not only for the extra errands, cooking, shopping, etc. but for activities and memories that […]


The Importance of Oral Hygiene for Children

Our recent “Clean Teeth for Toys” event was just “what the doctor ordered” to encourage a number of our patients to register their children for Whittier Street Health Center Mobile Oral Health Van Services. Kids age infant to 17, accompanied by a parent, were treated to gifts and refreshments during the three hour festivity, following […]


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).