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Registration is now open for the 2015 Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community

Highmark Blue Shield

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (Feb. 3, 2015) — Highmark Blue Shield and community members will come together again on Saturday, May 30 at DeSales University, Center Valley, to raise money for 29 local nonprofit organizations and take part in the annual Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community. Online registration for the walk is now open, so participants can take their first step in this year's walk by registering today.

Highmark organizes and underwrites all costs associated with the walk, while walkers select the participating nonprofit organization they wish to support. The nonprofits then keep 100 percent of the funds raised by their walkers. The Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community has been held annually throughout the region since 2003, and has helped more than 200 organizations collectively raise more than $7.8 million.

"At Highmark, we look forward to this event every year," said Kelly Lieblein, Highmark regional vice president. "It's inspiring to see all of the community members who come out to walk with us and support the local nonprofits that provide such important services to our area."

A 5K (3.1 mile) route and a one-mile fun walk (both handicap-accessible) are available, and pets on leashes are welcome. In addition to the walk, there will be entertainment, refreshments and prizes.

Walkers can register at the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community website, where they can select one of the following nonprofit beneficiaries:

Allentown Rescue Mission
American Red Cross of the Greater Lehigh Valley
Cancer Support Community
Center for Humanistic Change, Inc.
Center for Vision Loss
Child Care Information Services, Inc.
Easter Seals Eastern PA
Epilepsy Foundation Eastern PA
Family Connection of Easton
Goodwill Keystone Area
Hispanic Center Lehigh Valley
Lauren's Hope Foundation, Inc.
LifePath
Meals on Wheels of Lehigh County
Meals on Wheels of Northampton County

Mercy Special Learning Center
Miller-Keystone Blood Center
National Kidney Foundation
New Bethany Ministries
Northeast Pennsylvania Lions Eye Bank
Pinebrook Family Answers
Project of Easton
Recovery Revolution, Inc.
Safe Harbor Easton
Shanthi Project
ShareCare Faith in Action
Spectrum Community Services
St. Luke's University Health Network
Valley Search and Rescue

About Highmark Blue Shield

Highmark Blue Shield serves approximately 1.1 million members through the company's health care benefits business and employs nearly 3,000 people in central Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley. Highmark Blue Shield 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.

For more information, contact:
Steve Bortner
Highmark Health
717-302-4575
Steven.Bortner@highmarkhealth.org