January Health Observance: National Birth Defects Prevention Month

Birth Defects are Common, Costly, and Critical Birth defects are common Every 4 1/2 minutes, a baby is born with a birth defect in the United States. Birth defects affect 1 in every 33 babies born in the United States each year. That translates into about 120,000 babies. Birth defects are costly Each year, total hospital costs for U.S. children... Read More

October Health Observance: Breast Cancer Awareness

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer is the most common kind of cancer in women after skin cancer. About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point. The good news is that most women can survive breast cancer if it’s found and treated early. If you are a woman... Read More

May Health Observance: Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States. Ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun is the main cause of skin cancer. UV damage can also cause wrinkles and blotches or spots on your skin. The good news is that skin cancer can be prevented, and it can almost always be cured when it’s found and... Read More

April Health Observance: Alcohol Awareness Month

Drinking too much alcohol increases people’s risk of injuries, violence, drowning, liver disease, and some types of cancer. This April, during Alcohol Awareness Month, Potomac encourages you to educate yourself and your loved ones about the dangers of drinking too much. Every day, 29 people die due to alcohol-impaired motor vehicle accidents (NHTSA). If you are drinking too much, you... Read More

March Health Observance: Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in the United States and the second leading cause of death from cancer. Colorectal cancer affects all racial and ethnic groups and is most often found in people ages 50 and older. The best way to prevent colorectal cancer is to get screened regularly starting at age 50. There are often no... Read More

January Health Observance: National Radon Action Month

January is National Radon Action Month. What is radon? Radon is a naturally-occurring, radioactive, gaseous element. What are the health risks of radon exposure? Prolonged exposure to unsafe levels of radon can lead to lung cancer. Is radon in my home? Radon can be found all over the United States and is present due to uranium's natural radioactive decay. How can... Read More

March: Nutrition Month and Frozen Food Month

  If you don’t think nutritious foods and frozen foods go together, hop over to a different aisle in your grocery store (hint: it’s not the ice cream section). Frozen whole foods still retain their nutritional value when frozen, studies find. Yes, the frozen food aisles are full of chicken tenders, “wyngz,” waffles, and fries, but they are also full... Read More