Laura Burton serves as Director of Community Engagement at Forgotten Harvest of Oak Park, Michigan.
She is a graduate of Central Michigan University and earned a Master of Social
Work degree from the University of Michigan. As our luncheon speaker on August
27th, Laura told us how Forgotten Harvest has been busy driving
hunger from our community for almost 30 years.
The mission of Forgotten Harvest is relieving hunger and preventing nutritious
food loss. As long as the need exists, no one will be forgotten.
Our luncheon speaker, Mac Gallagher, the owner of Max Box, spoke to us on August 13th about the benefits of physical activity in staying healthy and living a longer life. Max Box gym is at 29057 Mack Avenue in Grosse Pointe Woods and teaches seniors and others how to box. Mac is the Line Coach for the Blue Devils Freshman team at Grosse Pointe South High School. Coach Gallagher is a former Penn State football player and Golden Gloves champion who started the Hit Smart Boxing Program designed to implement hand to hand combat strategies in order to prevent players from hitting with their heads.
Mac said that physical
activity improves both health and mental ability. Science distinguishes between
two types of exercise: cardio or endurance exercise and strength or resistance training.
Boxing combines both of these. His boxing program involves punching speed or
heavy bags while learning footwork. The heavy bag provides the resistance while
the punching and footwork builds endurance. Boxing also benefits the brain because
it involves bilateral communication between the two halves of your brain.