Living Well in Prince George's County
Special Announcement
Congratulations to Cottage City Commission's Chair, Abel Núñez!  

Georgetown University announced that Mr. Núñez,  who is the executive director of the Central American Resource Center (CARECEN), will be honored as Georgetown’s 2017 John Thompson Jr. Legacy of a Dream Award recipient on January 16 at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.   

The university presents the award to an inspirational and emerging local leader at the free Martin Luther King, Jr. Let Freedom Ring Celebration at the Kennedy Center.  This year's celebration will feature a performance by Gladys Knight.  

Founded in 1981, CARECEN provides a wide range of services for the Washington, D.C. area Latino population, including direct legal assistance, housing counseling, citizenship education and community economic development.

“This is a great honor, and I am really humbled to receive it,”  Núñez said.  He immigrated with his family to America in 1979 from El Salvador and grew up in the District. “CARECEN is poised as an organization to convene the Latino community in the District and facilitate a process to determine a common agenda.”

Congratulations, Commissioner Núñez on the great work that you are doing for the community!

Our Mission

Together, we are creating communities where residents have equitable access to healthy foods and where active lifestyles are encouraged and supported. Our aim is to reduce preventable chronic diseases and the rate of obesity, which are jeopardizing quality and longevity of life.

Icon Health Policies & Practices in Prince George's County

  • Community Leader Recognized as Legacy of MLK Jr.'s Dream
    (Monday, December 5, 2016)
    Congratulations to Cottage City's Commissioner Abel Núñez on being recognized for his work as the Executive Director of the Central American Resource Center (CARECEN). Since 1981, CARECEN has provided a wide range of services for the Washington,… Read More
  • Some Alternatives to Calorie-Laden Condiments
    (Thursday, October 27, 2016)
    Adding condiments can add fat and sugar to your diet.  Reader's Digest has some suggestions for healthy alternatives.Follow the story here. Read More

Icon Health Issues in the News

  • Seattle's Program to Provide Dental Care to the Uninsured
    (Monday, December 5, 2016)
    Seattle has created a partnership to address the need to provide dental care to the uninsured. Read More
  • Maryland Health Commissioner Recommends Approval of the Proposed Prince George's County Medical Facility
    (Thursday, October 27, 2016)
    Maryland Health Commissioner Robert E. Moffitt recommends approval of the proposed Prince George's County Medical Facility.For more information, follow this link. Read More

Port Towns
Community Health Partnership

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The Port Towns Community Health Partnership (PTCHP) is a collaboration of community residents, organizations and funders, all working together to support healthy living in the Port Towns.  Our partners include Port Towns youth and adult residents, schools, non-profit organizations, businesses, neighborhoods, local government leaders, Kaiser Permanente, Consumer Health Foundation, the Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation and United Way of the National Capital Area. Read More

Staying Healthy Tips

Research Shows:
People tend to have healthier lifestyles when their community supports and promotes healthy living.
  • Take Walks During the Week
    Just 30 minutes of walking, five times a week is enough to improve your overall health from decreasing the symptoms of diabetes and depression to increasing bone density to preventing cancer.
  • Pack Your Lunch
    Packing healthy lunches and snacks to take to work or school offers many benefits. Healthy brown-bag meals can reduce fat, calories, and sodium in our diet, improving overall health. Smart choices can help us maintain a healthy weight. And brown-bag lunches just may improve your child’s IQ.
  • Get Your Beauty Rest
    Lack of sleep can affect your mental and physical well-being and contribute to obesity, heart disease, infections and irritability.