Men who are educated about the value that preventive health can play in prolonging their lifespan and their role as productive family members will be more likely to participate in health screenings, and fathers who maintain a healthy lifestyle are role models for their children and have happier, healthier children.

At the June 7 Parish Council meeting, Ascension Parish President Kenny Matassa proclaimed the month of June as Men’s Health Month.

According to the proclamation, despite advances in medical technology and research, men continue to live an average of five years less than women, with Native American and African-American men having the lowest life expectancy. Educating the public and health care providers about the importance of a healthy lifestyle and early detection of male health problems will result in reducing rates of mortality from disease. Men who are educated about the value that preventive health can play in prolonging their lifespan and their role as productive family members will be more likely to participate in health screenings, and fathers who maintain a healthy lifestyle are role models for their children and have happier, healthier children.

Matassa introduced Charla Johnson, with St. Elizabeth Hospital in Gonzales, who invited the Council to the annual Men’s Health Breakfast on Thursday, June 14, 2018 at Cabela’s 2nd Floor Conference Room from 7:30 a.m. until 9:00 a.m., with the topic “Your Brain Matters,” containing information on staying healthy by keeping our brains healthy and in shape. The cost is $10, and for information and reservations, those interested can call 225-621-2906.

Contributed by Ascension Parish Government