It’s that time of the year again—the Taste of Chicago! Every summer since 1980, the city has collaborated to present this outdoor festival showcasing the city’s diverse food. This year, it is being held from July 10th to 14th, 2013 in Grant Park.
In addition to dining on flavorful food, Humana health insurance has partnered up with the festival to bring the Humana Healthier Choices Passport Guide. This guide helps attendants make healthier food choices while sampling through vendors by listing the healthier dining options. There are also wellness activities and opportunities for passport holders to collect stamps, which will give them an opportunity to win prizes.
The Healthier Choices Passport Guide has been reviewed by physicians, and lists 35 meal options from 20 Chicago restaurants. Choices include appetizers, main entrees, and deserts, so you won’t feel like you’re missing out on the Taste of Chicago experience.
If you’re interested in obtaining a passport guide, they are available at over 70 Dominick’s grocery branches, Humana’s Well-Being booth at the festival, or you can download it at the festival’s website here: http://www.cityofchicago.org/content/dam/city/depts/dca/Taste%20of%20Chicago/HumanaHealthierChoicesPassportGuide2013.pdf
While at Taste of Chicago, make sure you look for the green apple logo on booths to match the foods to the passport guide!
Some examples of their tasty meal options are:
Appetizer: Celtic Corn on the Cob from O’Brien’s Restaurant (with less than 320 calories, less than 300 mg of sodium, and less than 2 g of saturated fat)
Entrée: “Ragin Cajun” Chicken Sausage from Carbon Live Fire Mexican Grill (with 500 calories or less, 500mg of sodium or less, and less than 4 g of saturated fat)
Dessert: Strawberry Fruit Bar from Churro Factory (with less than 320 calories, less than 300 mg of sodium, and less than 2 g of saturated fat)
Humana’s Well-Being booth at the Taste of Chicago will also include other health and fitness activities, such an interactive Xbox Kinect game called “Your Shape”, biometric screening stations, water station, and free pedometers for the attendants to check how much they’ve walked during the festival.
Another fun and healthy activity for kids during the Taste of Chicago is the Fleet Feet Kids Dash. This is divided by age group and distance (with babies even having a 15 foot diaper dash/crawl), but friends and family can participate if they like. The whole family can have fun by being active, and kids can receive a race bib, T-shirt, and medal!
Fleet Feet Sports Kids’ Dash. (2013). Taste of Chicago. Retrieved July 11, 2013, from http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/kids_dash.html
Humana Healthier Choices. (2013). Taste of Chicago. Retrieved July 11, 2013, from http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/taste_of_chicago10.html