Bring the Family, Get Some Exercise and Help Salvation Army Youth at Risk Kids - Alpha Fitness Slates Highway to Health 5K

Mar 21, 2011, 12:22 ET from The Salvation Army

CARNEGIE, Pa., March 21, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Frank Romano and Matthew Matta, Elizabeth businessmen with a big hearts, have created an event that brings families together in a healthy way, while supporting The Salvation Army's Northside Youth at Risk program and the Elizabeth Rotary.  Alpha Fitness Club's "Highway to Health Inaugural 5K and Family Fun Walk" is slated for Saturday, April 9th at 8:30 AM.  The course begins and ends at the Boston Access of the Yough River Trail, located near the intersection of Route 48 and Smithfield Street.  A wide variety of entrance fees are available depending upon individual group sizes and affiliations.  Romano stated, "From the avid enthusiast to the weekend walker, all are welcome and everyone can make a difference."  

Created to assist troubled youth and their families, The Salvation Army Northside at Risk program was established in 1984.  It provides support for kids ages 6-13, who exhibit behavioral difficulties in school and are at a high risk for school dropout.  Participants generally come from financially challenged families and face tough environmental situations that directly affect their academic progress.   Some of the services provided include:  Comprehensive diagnostic evaluations; creating goals that are established by teacher, counselor, family and the child; individualized professional counseling; family therapy; social service support; and referral to special needs services.

"We are blessed by the kindness and concern of Frank and his staff," said Major Dean Satterlee, commanding officer of The Salvation Army's Northside Worship and Service Center, home of the Youth at Risk program.  "These kids are struggling to succeed and we need and appreciate all the support we can get."

The deadline to enter Alpha Fitness' "Highway to Health Inaugural 5K and Family Fun Walk" is March 25th.  Complete race and registration information is available online at or call the club at 412-896-9661.  Medical aid and water stations will be provided along the course.

Both a church and a social service organization, The Salvation Army began in London, England in 1865. Today, it provides critical services in 124 countries worldwide.  The 28-county Western Pennsylvania Division serves thousands of needy families through a wide variety of support services. To learn more about The Salvation Army in Western Pennsylvania, log onto  The Salvation Army … Doing the most good . . . for the most people . . . in the most need.

SOURCE The Salvation Army