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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. eatingright.org

Make Your Calories Count

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

 

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. eatingright.org

 

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. eatingright.org

 

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 Stroke Awareness Month

  • May 13, 2024

Stroke is the second leading cause of death in the world, with an estimated 17 million strokes yearly (American Stroke Association). One alarming statistic about stroke is that Black adults are 45% more likely to die from stroke than their counterparts (ASA). Stroke occurs due to a blockage of blood flow to the brain.  This […]

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Mother’s Day

  • May 10, 2024

On March 12th, 2024, mothers, aunts, grandmothers, step-moms, foster moms, sisters, and cousins, will be celebrated across America for Mother’s Day. The holiday is dedicated to showing our love and appreciation for the amazing women in our lives who selflessly work to make every day better for us. At Whittier Street Health Center, we are […]

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National Physical Fitness and Sports Month

  • May 7, 2024

Whether it is the dominance of the Celtics in the 60’s with Bill Russel, or the 20-year dynasty of the New England Patriots, there is no doubt that Boston is a city of champions.  Sports are deeply intertwined into the fabric of not only our state but our country, enforcing principles of hard work, collaboration and ambition.  Sport and […]

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World Asthma Day

  • May 2, 2024

World Asthma day is a time to recognize and spread awareness of how asthma affects sufferers. Asthma is a chronic lung disease in which inflammation and muscle tightening around airways causes difficulty breathing (World Health Organization). Asthma is one of the major non-communicable diseases and the most common chronic disease in children. While 25 million […]

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National Minority Health Month

  • April 25, 2024

April marks National Minority Health Month, dedicated to raising awareness about health disparities and the disproportionate burden of illness faced by racial and ethnic minority groups. This year’s theme, “Be the Source for Better Health,” underscores the urgency of improving health outcomes for minorities. Historically, health disparities in minority communities have been closely linked to […]

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National Foot Health Awareness Month

  • April 12, 2024

April is National Foot Health Awareness Month. This annual public education campaign, led by the American Podiatric Medical Association (AMPA), aims to promote good foot health and to raise awareness about practices and underlying conditions that can damage our feet. With 26 bones – about a quarter of all our bones– connected by 33 joints, […]

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National Kidney Month 2024

  • March 15, 2024

In recognition of National Kidney Month this March, Whittier invites you to learn about your kidney health.  The Kidney are two bean shaped a vital organs located in your lower back.   Kidneys filter waste from your blood out of your body.  Kidneys are crucial for maintaining healthy blood pressure and healthy bones. Some basic facts […]

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National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

  • March 11, 2024

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.  Colorectal Cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths nationally with more than 52,000 dying from it in 2023. Colorectal cancer disproportionately impacts Black Americans who have the 2nd highest mortality and incidence of colorectal cancer.  Some risk factors associated with colorectal cancer include: Family history of […]

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National Nutrition Month

  • March 6, 2024

Join Whittier Street Health Center in celebrating National Nutrition Month.  Diet and nutrition are inextricably linked to bodily function, fitness and overall health.  It is imperative to be conscious of what we consume daily as it impacts performance throughout the day. The Journal of American Medical Association found that more that 50% of deaths from […]

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Sliding Fee Discount Program

  • March 5, 2024

No one will be denied access to services due to inability to pay; and there is discounted / sliding fee schedule available based on family income; in accordance with the NHSC Site Agreement item #2e.  

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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).