5/30 Health Challenge - Jumping jacks and orange juice at Desjardins



    MONTREAL, Jan. 7 /CNW Telbec/ - Desjardins is a true leader when it comes
to health at work and is proud to team up once again with Acti-Menu for the
5/30 Health Challenge. As a major partner of the Challenge for the fifth year
in a row, Desjardins demonstrates its drive to integrate a culture of good
health in everyday life within its organization. The Group invites its 40,000
employees, its 6,500 elected officers and its retirees, along with their
family members, to take up this great health challenge that will run from
March 1 to April 11, 2009.
    As in the past, all participants must undertake the challenge of eating
at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables and of being active for at least
30 minutes a day, 5 days a week.
    With the second edition of "Become the Desjardins 5/30 Family", the
financial institution hopes to encourage all families in Québec to adopt and
maintain healthy life habits. One of the participating families will get the
chance to take home the $5,000 prize that will be awarded in the form of a
Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP).
    What's more, on February 3, Desjardins will host the second edition of
the 5/30 Health Challenge Show at the Grande-Place of Complexe Desjardins in
Montréal. Conferences and screening tests are on the agenda.
    Again as part of the 5/30 Health Challenge and as the major partner of
the Québec Winter Carnival, Desjardins Group invites families to come enjoy
the slides on the Plains of Abraham on February 14 and 15, during an activity
organized especially for the Challenge.

    About Desjardins Group

    Desjardins Group is the largest cooperative financial group in Canada,
with overall assets of $150 billion, as at September 30, 2008. It comprises a
network of caisses, credit unions and business centres in Québec and Ontario,
and some twenty subsidiary companies in life and general insurance, securities
brokerage, venture capital and asset management, many of which are active
across the country. Drawing on the expertise of its 40,000 employees and the
commitment of more than 6,500 elected officers, Desjardins offers its 5.8
million individual and corporate members and clients a full range of financial
products and services. Its physical distribution network is complemented by
leading-edge virtual access methods. To find out more, consult
www.desjardins.com.




For further information:

For further information: (for journalists only): Nathalie Genest,
Advisor, Information and Media Relations, (514) 281-7275, 1-866-866-7000, ext.
7275, nathalie.genest@desjardins.com


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