SOURCE: Westlake Realty Group, Inc.

November 26, 2007 08:00 ET

Westlake Realty Group Receives "California Fit Business" Award

San Mateo-Based Property Management Firm Recognized by State Legislative Task Force as Employee Wellness Advocate

SAN MATEO, CA--(Marketwire - November 26, 2007) - Westlake Realty Group, Inc., an AMO®-certified property management company, today announced that it is an awardee of the prestigious 2007 California Fit Business Award from the California Task Force on Youth and Workplace Wellness. The task force's award was conferred during a special ceremony in Sacramento on Thursday, November 8.

"The welfare of our employees has always been a top priority," said Robert Klag, CEO of Westlake Realty Group. "So it is nice to receive confirmation of leadership in voluntary programs to promote employee wellness."

Employee Wellness at Westlake Realty Group

Westlake introduced its well-regarded employee wellness program in 2005. The program includes the following elements:

--  Each employee receives a free membership at a well-equipped nearby
    gym. Family members can join at a significant discount
--  Company vending machines are stocked with a variety of healthy snack
    alternatives such as low-fat microwave popcorn and baked whole-grain chips.
--  Employees have 24/7 access to a health and wellness hotline where they
    can get free, authoritative advice on diet and how to monitor their health
--  Employees are encouraged -- with executives acting as role models --
    to incorporate walking into their workday. For example, using the stairs
    instead of the elevator, and parking further away from the entrance to
    the office building.

About the California Task Force on Youth and Workplace Wellness

Founded by the California state legislature in 2002 and led by State Senator Tom Torlakson, the mission of the task force is to "create and promote programs and policies which decrease the obesity rates in California's schools and workplaces." A joint public/private endeavor, it mobilizes a broad spectrum of California citizens and legislators to address school and workplace physical fitness and health issues. In fulfilling its mission, the task force uses a unique three-pronged strategy:

1.  Actively promotes healthy nutrition and physical activity in California
    schools and workplaces
2.  Raises the visibility of school and workplace health and fitness issues
    across the state
3.  Supports designed to lower rates of obesity and obesity-related
    diseases in California's children and adults.

About Westlake Realty Group, Inc.

Headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area, Westlake Realty Group brings more than 30 years of experience to managing multifamily residential units, office buildings, mixed-use properties, and shopping centers in Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, and Washington. The company's success is based on the value it offers to the owners and tenants of properties under its management -- value that rests on both expert stewardship and the innovative use of technology. Westlake uses imaging technology, electronic banking, GPS-enabled communications, and an online work order system to increase management efficiency and performance, while increasing owners' bottom lines. Visit the Westlake website at

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