This year at the Taste of Chicago, a passport serves as your family's guide to 34 healthy appetizers, entrees, desserts and beverages from 20 local restaurants.
The nation's largest food festival partnered with Humana Healthier Choices for a sixth consecutive year to inspire an even larger presence of healthy foods and wellness activities. Humana created the free passport guide to help families locate the healthy food and activity choices.
The food options were judged by a panel of Chicago-area physicians and included in the passport guide based on a nutritional criteria for calories, sodium and saturated fat.
"We are thrilled that so many restaurants are joining our efforts to offer healthier foods, allowing us to provide a record number of Humana Healthier Choices this year," said Dr. Fredrik Tolin, the vice president for Humana of Illinois.
Visitors that use the passport guide can win prizes, including restaurant gift cards and healthy snack baskets. Trying the foods and activities will reward guests with a stamp and after collecting six stamps, guests can drop off their passport and contact information to the Humana booth. Drawings for the prizes will take place on July 14 at 3:30 p.m.
The Taste's Humana experience doesn't stop there. Humana's Well-Being Tour is also stopping by from July 10-13 from 11-7pm The tour is bringing a variety of wellness activities and prizes for fest goers. While picking up a free pedometer, guests can interact with the Your Shape game at the Xbox Kinect station and learn about the importance of hydration while exercising.
Humana is also bringing legendary disc jockey Dick Biondi to the Taste on Sunday, July 14 for a sock-hop dance. From 2-4 p.m., guests can dance to music from the '50s and '60s at the Biondi Boomer Bash.
"Taste of Chicago is a great tradition of enjoying local restaurants, good music and celebrating all things Chicago," said Tim O'Rourke, president of Humana's Great Lakes Medicare Region. "Humana is happy to be part of that tradition once again, as it ties in perfectly with our dream of helping people of all ages achieve lifelong well-being, while enjoying all that the Taste has to offer."
Families can pick up their passport guide at their local Dominicks, download it from the Taste of Chicago website or grab one at the event. For more information on the Taste of Chicago, visit their website.
Lindsey is Chicago Parent's summer 2013 intern. She is a senior at Ball State University.
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