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EDENS Wellness Program, Community Innovation Garner National Recognition

February 24, 2012


For their commitment to health and wellness in the both the workplace and the community, The American Heart Association has recognized EDENS as a Gold Level Recipient of the American Heart Association’s Start! Fit-Friendly Company Recognition program as well as the AHA’s Community Innovation Award.

The American Heart Association’s national movement calls on all Americans and employers to create a culture of physical activity and health to live longer, heart-healthier lives. The program recognizes employers who champion the health of their employees by creating physical activity programs within the workplace.

EDENS was recognized at the Gold level for on-site fitness facilities, employer-paid personal training sessions, fitness club discounts and membership subsidies, offering and subsidizing healthy food options in on-site bistros, organizing a number of fitness challenges, and offering “Lunch and Learn” seminars on topics ranging from how to read food labels to greening your home.

“Stewardship is one of our corporate core values, and the award is particularly significant to us because it recognizes our concerted efforts to promote good stewardship of our health and wellness company-wide,” said Sara Fawcett, EDENS Vice President of Human Resources. “We are constantly growing and changing, with offices spread across the East Coast, and our ability to engage all our employees in healthy initiatives is an important key to our success. It’s gratifying to know that what we’re doing is worthy of such recognition.”

Awarded twice a year, the Community Innovation Award is given to a company that not only achieves Gold-level recognition for employee wellness within the company but leads in the development and implementation of innovative and effective programs in the community.

As one of the largest retail developers on the East Coast, EDENS always strives to enrich communities with every decision. In a market that was hungry for this type of retailer, EDENS worked hard to bring Whole Foods to Cross Hill Market in Columbia offering local, sustainable and organic food options, improving the way the community eats. Additionally, EDENS is connecting Cross Hill Market with the community by including walking paths from surrounding neighborhoods in its development plans.

“As partners with the community, we are very cognizant of our role in adding to the urban landscape and we believe that Cross Hill Market will be an inviting, community-focused retail development that will contribute to building a healthier community,” said Jodie McLean, President and Chief Investment Officer, EDENS.

According to Fawcett, the goal for 2012 is to do even better. In the coming year EDENS will continue work on enhancing the wellness program by adding new employee engagement initiatives and heart-healthy activities.

“Our people are truly our greatest resource and we’re committed to doing everything within our power to give them the tools they need to live longer, healthier lives,” said Fawcett. “We think that is the best reward we could ask for.”

About EDENS: EDENS develops, owns and operates neighborhood shopping centers in primary markets throughout the East Coast. Focusing on innovative development and redevelopment together with key acquisitions in urban areas, the Company has built an institutional-quality portfolio of 125 retail centers. EDENS has Regional Headquarters in Boston, New York, Washington DC, Atlanta, Columbia, SC and Miami. For additional information about the Company and its retail real estate portfolio, visit www.edens.com. Or follow on Twitter @WeAreEdens

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