Let's Get It On! Freudenberg-NOK Kicks-Off Annual Walk for Wellness Program

Fifth Annual Event Encourages Participation with New Awards and Prizes

May 30, 2006, 01:00 ET from Freudenberg-NOK

    PLYMOUTH, Mich., May 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Freudenberg-NOK's annual Walk
 for Wellness began yesterday with wellness fairs at the company's 25
 participating facilities across the country. The fifth annual event, which
 has grown in both size and scope since its inception, is aimed at
 motivating associates to adopt a proactive approach to their well-being.
     "The Walk for Wellness program is a really great way to get associates
 excited about adopting a healthier lifestyle," said Sarah O'Hare, vice
 president of human resources and public relations. "The benefits are
 extensive on both a personal and a business level. Our employees adopt a
 positive approach to their health, which drastically helps the company
 tackle the rising cost of healthcare."
     Interested associates registered to participate during the kick-off
 wellness fairs hosted onsite at participating facilities. During the fairs,
 several facilities offered blood pressure testing, glucose testing and body
 mass screening.
     During the three-month program, associates submit a record of their
 total miles on a weekly basis achieved through walking or an equivalent
 exercise. This year's corporate-wide goal has been raised to 12 miles per
 week per participant, with incentives given to individuals at 100-, 175-
 and 250-mile increments.
     In addition to the second annual "Wellness Walker" award, which is
 presented to the most dedicated participant, this year's program provides
 additional opportunities for associates to win prizes. The "Most Improved
 Performer" award has been introduced to recognize the top three
 participants who have the greatest improvement over their 2005 performance.
 Winners will be awarded iPod nano MP3 players.
     This year also introduces the "Healthy Program" award. An iPod nano MP3
 player will be awarded to three Walk for Wellness coordinators with the
 "healthiest" program. Freudenberg-NOK's corporate human resources
 department will assess each program and make a decision based on each
 facility's participation and headcount, average number of miles submitted
 per participant per week and one innovative idea that they implemented to
 make their program unique.
     All prizes will be awarded during the wrap-up parties at each facility
 at the conclusion of the program.
     Founded in 1989, Freudenberg-NOK General Partnership is a joint venture
 between Freudenberg & Co. of Germany and NOK Corp. of Japan.
     Freudenberg-NOK is a leader in automotive sealing and noise, vibration
 and harshness (NVH) products and is a supplier to all automakers producing
 in North America, as well as all major tier one chassis and drivetrain
 suppliers. The company's headquarters and technical center in Plymouth,
 Mich. houses the most extensive supplier-operated sealing and noise and
 vibration testing facility in North America.
     Freudenberg-NOK offers its automotive customers globally integrated
 products, including sealing packages for transmissions, engines, brakes,
 axles and steering, NVH components and packages, and all rubber, plastic
 and PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene) components for suspension, electrical
 and fuel systems.
     The company also offers an extensive portfolio of special precision
 seals for the aerospace, appliance, business machine, fluid power, marine,
 medical, off-highway equipment and recreational vehicle markets. For more
 information, visit the Freudenberg-NOK website at
 http://www.freudenberg-nok.com .

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