SSQ Financial Group Takes Home the GoodLife Fitness Health & Wellness Leadership Award

QUEBEC CITY, Nov. 28, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - It is with great pride and enthusiasm that SSQ Financial Group was awarded a prize at the GoodLife Fitness Health & Wellness Leadership Summit on November 27, 2013 for its many initiatives to promote health and wellness in the workplace.

An innovative view of health in the workplace
The GoodLife Fitness organization recognized the many initiatives put forward by SSQ Financial Group for achieving excellence in health and wellness in the workplace. The Group has decided to develop and implement an ambitious program that offers innovative and affordable solutions tailored to the needs of different customers and employees. The company offers all employees a wide range of promotional and health prevention activities aimed at a healthy lifestyle, psychological health, work-life balance and sound management practices through the HealthWise Program.

"This distinction is tangible proof that the implementation of a healthy workplace environment, conducive to good physical and psychological health and the fulfilment of every employee is at the core of SSQ Financial Group's concerns and values not only as an employer but also as a health insurer," said SSQ Financial Group's CEO Mr. René Hamel.

All the Group employees are actively involved in the activities offered by the HealthWise program and have adopted healthier lifestyles. The massive employee participation in the SSQ Quebec City Marathon is another great example. Each year, more than 500 staff members and their families take up the challenge and participate in the marathon in the name of health.

It should be noted that since 2009, SSQ Financial Group has qualified for the Healthy Enterprise standard, which aims to make and maintain sustainable health improvements in order to provide a healthy work environment. The Group received the Canada Award for Excellence, Gold award - Healthy Workplace in 2012.

A word about the GoodLife Fitness Health & Wellness Leadership Summit
The GoodLife Fitness Health & Wellness Leadership Summit is a national event organized by GoodLife Fitness, the largest Canadian franchise of fitness centres. The GoodLife Fitness Health & Wellness Leadership Awards recognize organizations that demonstrate continuous improvements in areas related to fitness, activity, nutrition, education and employee behavioral changes. The goal is to celebrate initiatives demonstrated by organizations, regardless of size and industry, in order to provide examples so that others may learn and integrate innovative practices leading to a healthier and more productive Canadian population.

About SSQ Financial Group
With over $3 billion in annual revenue and over $10 billion in assets under management, SSQ Financial Group is a leading mutual diversified financial institution in Canada.

The Group serves over one million clients and provides jobs to over 1,900 employees. SSQ, Life Insurance Company Inc., the Group's principal company, is recognized as a leader in the group insurance industry and as an expert in the investment and retirement sector. SSQ Financial Group is also a rising star in home and auto insurance (SSQ General Insurance Company Inc.) and individual insurance with its new subsidiary, SSQ Insurance Company Inc.

For more information, please visit ssq.ca.

SOURCE: SSQ FINANCIAL GROUP

For further information:

Marie Lamontagne
Senior Vice-President
Corporate Communications and Marketing
418-652-2764 | marie.lamontagne@ssq.ca


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