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
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