Ascension Parish community photo gallery for June 18, 2015 _lowres

Photo provided by Lester Kenyon -- Attending the proclamation of National Men’s Health Week in Donaldsonville on June 4 are, from left, Shannon Simpson, Victor Vidaurre, Jon Hirsch, Parish President Tommy Martinez, Charla Johnson, Robert Burgess, Parish Councilwoman Teri Casso, Rick Banker and Susan Waguespack.

Ascension Parish President Tommy Martinez designated June 15-21 as National Men’s Health Week at the Parish Council meeting on June 4 in Donaldsonville, according to a news release.

Martinez presented the proclamation to St. Elizabeth Hospital President and CEO Robert Burgess, who announced the hospital would hold a men’s health luncheon for June 11 in Prairieville.

“Everyone knows that men by nature are stubborn when it comes to our own health care,” Burgess said. “We think we are immortal, and we are not. It’s very important that everyone get the proper screenings and get them early because it saves lives and our loved ones care about us.”