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Online registration for walkers now open for Highmark's "Walk for A Healthy Community" in five cities across Pennsylvania this spring

PITTSBURGH, Feb. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- For the 12th consecutive year, Highmark is hosting its Walk for a Healthy Community fundraiser to benefit nonprofit organizations. Online registration is now open for walkers. The annual spring walks will occur in Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, Bethlehem, Johnstown and Erie for the benefit of 184 nonprofit organizations across Pennsylvania.

Highmark's Walk for a Healthy Community provides a yearly opportunity for community members to support participating local nonprofits of their choice. Because Highmark underwrites all of the costs associated with the walks, 100 percent of community members' fundraising is donated to the charity they select. To date, the walks have raised more than $6.5 million for health and human service organizations across Pennsylvania.

"We invite community members to sign up to walk and become part of this important effort," said Dan Onorato, Highmark executive vice president. "The walks provide local nonprofits with vital fundraising and offer walkers a scenic route for exercise. They also draw the community together to support nonprofits offering crucial services to us and our neighbors during our lifetimes."

Walkers can register at www.walkforahealthycommunity.org, where they can select their walk location and the nonprofit beneficiary of their choice. Both a 5K (3.1 mile) route and a one-mile fun walk are available, and pets on leashes are welcome. All locations offer free parking, refreshments, entertainment and prize drawings—adding up to a healthy and enjoyable outdoor community event.

The locations, dates and participating nonprofits include:

  • Pittsburgh—Saturday, May 17, 2014 at Stage AE on the North Shore.
    View the 68 nonprofits that will benefit in Pittsburgh.
  • Harrisburg—Saturday, May 17, 2014 at HACC
    View the 45 nonprofits that will benefit in Harrisburg.
  • Bethlehem—Saturday, May 31, 2014 at Steelstacks Campus
    View the 25 nonprofits that will benefit in Bethlehem.
  • Johnstown—Saturday, May 31, 2014 at Central Park
    View the 18 nonprofits that will benefit in Johnstown.
  • Erie—Saturday, June 7, 2014 at Presque Isle State Park, Beach 1
    View the 28 nonprofits that will benefit in Erie.

About Highmark
Highmark Inc. is among the largest health insurers in the United States and the fourth-largest Blue Cross and Blue Shield-affiliated company. Highmark and its diversified businesses and affiliates operate health insurance plans in Pennsylvania, Delaware and West Virginia that serve 5.2 million members. Its diversified health businesses serve group customer and individual health needs across the United States through dental insurance, vision care and other related health businesses. Highmark is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies. For more information, visit www.highmark.com.

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